Crich Tramway Village opens its doors again on Saturday 17th March 2018, offering a packed calendar of events throughout the year, with something for everyone of all ages. Ahead of re-opening for the year, we popped into the village to take a look for ourselves and find out more about the glorious vintage trams (dating back to the 1900’s) and what’s planned for the year ahead.
An absolute must visit whether you’re local or a visitor, you can ride on the trams through the street setting complete with an old style sweet shop, pub and cafe, offering breath-taking views of the surrounding Derwent Valley to enjoy.
Stretch your legs on the sculpture trail with the Woodland Walk as the perfect place to escape for a picnic or to while away the hours surrounded by nature. Look out for the sculptures which lurk around every corner such as the Troll and the Green Man!
There’s definitely a sense of stepping back in time along the recreated period street where you won’t have to wait long for the rumble of a vintage tram. Many of the buildings along the street have been rescued from towns and cities across the UK, such as the Derby Assembly Rooms façade which came to Crich after a tragic fire.
The Red Lion Pub and Restaurant came all the way from Stoke-on-Trent and was re-built brick by brick. Also look out for the street furniture which is dotted along the street, including the Bundy Clock at Town End Terminus and The Exhibition Hall windows which were rescued from the Doncaster tram depot.
Located in the heart of the period street, Rita’s Tea Rooms are the perfect place to take a breather and relax. Serving hot meals from 12pm – 2.30pm, home made sandwiches and mouth-watering cakes everyday.
In the Great Exhibition Hall is the ‘Century of Trams’ exhibition. The exhibition takes you on a fascinating journey through a hundred years of tramway development, from 1860 – 1960, taking in horse trams, steam trams and electric trams and the exhibition features new interpretive panels, audio sounds to represent each decade of the timeline and interactives for all the family to enjoy.
Don’t forget to look out for the archive film features that are on display in the exhibition hall. There are film shows projected on the windows of two of the trams. Take a look at the story of Blackpool’s trams which features some of the earliest archive film footage the Museum holds, or see the last days of the tramway systems from the 1950s and how the Museum came to be the home of these vintage vehicles.
There’s a huge range of special events happening throughout the year, – here’s some of the highlights to look forward to in 2018. Download your full 2018 events guide and village map here.
Easter World War II Home Front Event – Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd April
Beer and Bands at Crich – Sunday 6th May & Monday 7th May
Beside the Seaside – Saturday 26th May – Sunday 3rd June
Classic Motorcycle Day – 1st July
Edwardian Event – Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July
August World War II Home Front Event – Saturday 11th August & Sunday 12th August
Build in Bricks – Sunday 26th August – Friday 31st August
Vintage Day – Sunday 23rd September
Steampunk Day – Saturday 6th October
Starlight Event – Monday 29th October – Sunday 4th November
For a complete list of what’s happening, events, bookings and more information, visit www.tramway.co.uk