If you ride down on the train this May half term holiday you are sure of a big surprise, when the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) swaps tickets for cuddly toys during a week-long Teddy Bears’ Picnic!

Throughout the week (Saturday 25 May to Sunday 2 June ) children taking their teddy bear along for a trip on the heritage railway will not have to buy a ticket to ride, as they will travel free with a full fare paying adult as part of the NYMR’s 40th birthday celebrations.  The teddy bear theme continues at each station along the railway, with visitors challenged to find teddy bear pictures at Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont stations.

“Whether you are coming to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as a fantastic way of travelling for a day out to the coast, to explore the stunning countryside of the moors, or simply for a uniquely nostalgic steam train experience, everyone is welcome, and this fun twist where children and their teddy bears travel for free makes it a great value day out for the whole family,” said NYMR’s marketing manager, Danielle Ramsey.  “Needless to say that no picnic is complete without sandwiches and cakes, and we’ve got a great selection available from each of our tea rooms along the line, or you are welcome to bring your own to eat along the way.”

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Travellers leaving from Pickering Station throughout the half term break will receive an extra special send-off, with NYMR’s two costumed characters, Tracker Jack and the station cat, waving them off as their train departs the station.

“Our station cat joins us for our 40th anniversary celebrations, but as yet, we haven’t given him a name, so we’ll be asking our visitors to come up with some suggestions for a name,”  Danielle added. “Although we can only give him one name, entrants will also have the chance to win a return trip on the railway during the summer months, with five family tickets being given away during the course of the week.”

Trains depart from Pickering to Grosmont every hour on the hour from 9am to 5pm, with the 9am, noon and 4pm services continuing on to Whitby.

For more information, call 01751 472508, or you can book tickets online at www.nymr.co.uk

Read more about the 40th anniversary of the railway in the May edition of Dalesman.

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