One of the first of the UK’s heritage tramways to announce their events plan for 2017 was the Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester with an ambitious plan of events aimed at both enthusiasts and families.
Following their winter break the tramway will reopen to the public on Sunday 19th February and the tramway will then be open regularly throughout the year with a number of special events due to take place.
The events which are likely to have most appeal to enthusiasts are the MTMS 50 celebration on 2nd April and the Tramtastic Day Out on 2nd July. Exact details of what will be happening at either event have yet to be made public but at the MTMS 50 event there will be a celebration of to 50th anniversary of the formation of the Manchester Transport Museum Society (operators of the tramway) with the early literature promising that they usually know how to celebrate! The Tramtastic Day Out is also in the early stages of planning but there should be something for everyone to enjoy all over the park.
A number of other events will also take place in 2017 including the return of the popular Trans Lancs Vehicle Show (3rd September), Volunteer Taster Day (22nd April), Locals Day (9th April) and TDADE’s Driver for a Father (TDE on Father’s Day – 18th June).
The full list of events currently planned are:
2 April: MTMS 50
9 April: Locals Day
15-17 April: Eggstram Special Easter
22 April: Volunteer Taster Day
28 and 29 May: Family Fun Day
18 June: TDADE’s Driver for a Father
2 July: Tramtastic Day out
8 and 9 July: Race for Life
3 September: Trans Lancs Vehicle Show
Further details of these events can be found at http://www.heatonparktramway.btck.co.uk/Events2017.