The Crich Tramway Village was turned into a seaside resort for a nine day event from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st May as the annual “Beside the Seaside” event took place once again. This family oriented event saw a fun fair at the museum alongside another visit from Woodies Wings and their collection of birds. There was also a beach for the children to play in and a visit from a band playing in the bandstand in Victoria Park. And of course there was a tram service for each day mainly utilising Blackpool trams but some other towns and cities were also represented, particularly when the weather prevented the use of the open Blackpool trams!
Over the course of the nine days eleven different trams ran in passenger service (plus access tram Berlin 223 006-4) with Blackpool Standard 40 seeing the most using being used on seven of the days. Other trams to see use were Blackpool cars 166, 167, 236 and 762 alongside Sheffield 74, Oporto 273, Leeds 399, Sheffield 510, Glasgow 1068, London Transport 1622. At least three trams were in service on each day with a high of a five tram service over the Bank Holiday weekend.