Harry Potter fans will be able to feel like proper wizards this summer by taking a trip on The Pendle Dalesman when it steams into Lancashire.
The heritage steam train will take lucky ticket-holders on a journey along the Settle and Carlisle line with departure stations including Lancaster, Preston, Blackburn, Clitheroe and Long Preston.
The train will be made up of carriages that features in the Harry Potter films and are some of the oldest working carriages in operation today – which will just add to the authenticity of the experience.
The train, which will run on 13 dates between May and September, will roll through the Dales giving passengers an awesome view of North Yorkshire and it will also pass over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. Think about the Instagram content on offer.
Regarding the experience, West Coast Railtours states: “At Hellifield the line traverses North Yorkshire for an ever-favourite journey on the Settle and Carlisle Railway.
“Enjoy the stunning Dales scenery as we make our way through Settle and over the famous Ribblehead Viaduct. Continuing north from Ribblehead we plunge into Blea Moor tunnel, the longest on the line.
“We then enjoy sweeping views along Dentdale as we pass through the highest station on the line, Dent. The stunning scenery continues as we head north to the more gentle landscape of the Eden Valley, the Eden Gorge and our destination – the border city of Carlisle.”
The trips will run on the following dates:
May 18 and May 25
June 8, 15, and 29
July 6, 20, and 27
August 10, 17 and 31
On the outward journey, you will also be able to enjoy brekky, including a glass of fizz. But that’s not all, on the journey back, you’ll get a four course dinner (if you book a ticket which includes premier dining).
Peter Kay issues heartfelt thanks to Manchester fans and teases ANOTHER big announcement
Peter Kay has sent a lovely message to fans in Manchester after making his triumphant return to the live scene last weekend.
The Bolton comedian has just ticked off the first two nights of a mammoth run at the AO Arena, which includes 42 Manchester shows between now and 2025.
On his opening night – his first real venture into the spotlight since he largely stepped away from the public eye 12 years ago – he was moved to tears by the standing ovation he received before he’d even started the show.
And now Peter has issued a heartfelt thank you message.
He said in a statement: “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to the first shows in Manchester.
“It was incredible to be part of such a happy experience.
“Everybody deserves a bit of joy. Here’s to a lot more in the shows to come!!”
And that’s not all – his post also hinted that there’s yet another announcement to come (because apparently more than 100 tour dates and breaking the internet with ticket demand wasn’t enough).
The late monarch – who celebrated her Platinum Jubliee back in June 2022, before sadly passing away in September – the word guessing game that took the world by storm, and the disgraced Manchester United footballer are just three of the topics that have peaked the interest of Brits enough to search for them on Google this year.
Wordle took the top spot on the 2022 list, after gamers nationwide presumably used the search engine to figure out the answers each day.
The puzzle game beat out the 2022 World Cup – which is currently underway in Qatar with the Three Lions set to face France in the Quarter Finals – which came in second place, followed by Ukraine and Lateral Flow Tests (LFTs) rounding out the top five.
As well as Ukraine, the country of Russia has also made its way into the top 10 most-searched topics, thanks to the latter’s invasion of the former.
Likely the most familiar name on the list to Mancunians will be that of Manchester United footballer Mason Greenwood – who is due to face trial next year after being charged in 2022 with attempted rape, assault, and controlling and coercive behaviour relating to the same woman.
Wordle is not alone on the list when it comes to games either, as its more difficult counterpart Quordle – which tasks hardcore players with guessing four words in just nine tries – ranked in eighth place on the list.
Serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, who was the subject of a new Netflix series starring Evan Peters in 2022, and actor Johnny Depp, who was at the forefront of a highly-publicised libel trial between him and his ex-wife Amber Heard for a considerable chunk of the year, are the last two searches to round out the top 10.