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You can ride a wizard-themed steam train through Greater Manchester next week

The Wizarding Adventure is an "enchanting experience for all the family".

Emily Sergeant Emily Sergeant - 15th February 2024

The hugely popular wizard-themed steam train will be travelling through Greater Manchester once again next week.

It’s no secret that East Lancashire Railway (ELR) is known and loved for its immersive events that give rail enthusiasts and curious Mancs the chance to step back in time by hopping on one of the historic Pullman-style carriages and ride a steam train through the picturesque Greater Manchester countryside.

Thomas the Tank Engine, dinosaur, Peppa Pig, and seasonal themed train rides are just a few of the events that have been entertaining families in the region over the last few years.

But by far one of the most popular experiences on the lineup has to be the chance to go on a ‘wizarding adventure’ where little Mancs can come together for a magical day of sharing spells and getting stuck into lots of magic-themed fun.

Aspiring witches and wizards of all ages are invited to enrol in the spellbinding school of sorcery this February half term, as they take a “wacky and wonderful whistle stop tour” of the Wizard Academy and learn to become a master of mystery and magic during their interactive journey through the “Irwell Valley of wonders”.


During the enchanting 90-minute return trip that’s hauled by a genuine steam – and spell – powered train, you’ll take lessons in the basics of broomsticks, practice your potion making, be instructed in incantations, and learn to tattle and talk with a tawny owl.

Aside from wizard-themed tasks, there’ll also be plenty of photo opportunities along the way.

The Wizarding Adventure is an “enchanting experience for all the family” / Credit: ELR

Food and drink will be available to tuck into from the café on Platform 3/4 at Bury Bolton Street Station, and from the Rawtenstall Buffet too.

It truly is an “enchanting experience” for the whole family.

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The Wizarding Adventure is back this half term, with several special journeys lined-up for next week on Thursday 22 February, and tickets still available to get your hands on from £17.50 each.


Grab tickets here.

Featured Image – ELR