During the school half term holidays at the end of May, Crich Tramway Village is being transformed into a seaside-style attraction, with a whole host of traditional activities to entertain visitors of all ages. For the first time ever, this now annual event has been expanded to run for nine days and an ambitious itinerary is planned, with the museum’s large collection of Blackpool trams expected to feature heavily. For enthusiasts, the main attraction is likely to be Blackpool Balloon car 711 which should be making its debut in service at Crich.
When is it happening?
Saturday 24th May to Sunday 1st June inclusive. The village is open from 1000 each day. Last admission will be at 1600 on all days.
What sort of tram service will operate for this event?
Sat 24/Sun 25/Mon 26th May – A seven minute service using six trams. There will be a special ‘Circular Tour’ service between Victoria Park and Wakebridge to complement the normal Town End to Glory Mine service. Trams should be drawn from the pool of operational Blackpool cars 40, 166, 236, 630 & 711, plus Southampton 45 and Oporto 273.
Tue 27/Wed 28/Thur 29/Fri 30th May – A more basic tram service will be provided using four cars, and again these will be drawn from the same pool of vehicles as listed above.
Sat 31st May/Sun 1st June – A seven minute service using six trams, with the ‘Circular Tour’ service again operating between Victoria Park and Wakebridge alongside the normal tram service. With a 1950s/1960s theme evident on site trams in service will be those that represent this time period rather than the Blackpool emphasis of the other days.
On all days the first tram is scheduled to set off Town End at 1030, with the final departure of the day at 1800.
What other trams can I see?
Unfortunately Blackpool Jubilee car 762 is still not ready for passenger service, but is expected to be displayed in the depot yard, and will be joined by Balloon 711 on 31st May & 1st June. The Blackpool electric loco should also be in evidence on most days across the week. All of the other trams on site will of course be on display as usual, with the depots, Exhibition Hall and workshop gallery all open to visitors.
What other attractions are there?
This event is primarily targeted at families and so there will be a whole host of extra seaside-themed attractions, including a steam galloper, big wheel, donkey rides for the children and a beach area. Entertainment will be supplied by magic shows and Punch & Judy, with the Crich Brass Band performing on the Bandstand over the first three days. The second weekend, May 31st & June 1st, will also have a 1950s/1960s theme with visiting vehicles from this period, a flea circus and live musical acts, Lola Lamour and Turn Back Time.
How much will it cost?
Normal admission prices apply for this event and membership cards, free passes etc. will be valid as normal. Unlimited tram rides are included in the entry fee, although some of the special attractions such as donkey rides may incur a small additional charge. For further details, please visit www.tramway.co.uk.
Some live coverage of this event will hopefully be provided on 31st May on the British Trams Online Facebook page, and we’ll be providing more extensive coverage on the main website later on.
Please note that the above information is all provided in good faith, however changes to the advertised vehicles and events may occur if necessary and neither this website or Crich Tramway Village are responsible for any such changes to the programme. Also be aware that open cars may well be replaced by enclosed cars in the event of poor weather, but every effort will be made to deliver the programme as detailed above.