Aln Valley Railway is next stop for teddies

Aln Valley Railway is hosting a teddy bears' picnic.
Aln Valley Railway is hosting a teddy bears' picnic.

If you go down to the Aln Valley Railway this weekend, you’re sure of a big surprise.

The Alnwick tourist attraction is holding a teddy bears’ picnic on Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

There will be plenty of cute and cuddly fun for youngsters, including a guess the teddy’s name competition.

On top of that, there will be a find the teddy bears children’s competition with prizes.

Also on offer will be free train rides for soft toys with accompanied little ones, while four special Aln Valley Teddy Bears will be on sale, including Kenny Bear the Driver.

Other attractions on the day will be Thomas and Friends operating the Model Railway and children’s music.

Then, on Sunday, August 24, the railway will hold a British sports car picnic from 11am to 4pm.

Both events are being staged at the railway’s Lionheart Station site (NE66 2HT) in Alnwick.

There is free entry to both events and ample parking.

Refreshments will be on sale in the enlarged Buffet Stop Café, which now has a patio area.

The new-look museum, shop and loco shed will be open.

The Aln Valley Railway development is an ambitious project to reopen the Alnmouth to Alnwick branchline.

Work started at the Alnwick plot in 2012 and good progress has been made since then.

More than 750 metres of track has been laid, and short train rides are possible, but the dedicated railway volunteers need to lay another 2.5 miles to reach Alnmouth.

As part of this, the railway launched its Let’s Get To Alnmouth Appeal earlier this year to help it complete the job.

The initiative is a £1.88million fund-raising campaign which aims to help fulfil dreams of being a fully operational railway by 2020.

A feasibility study has shown that the railway would boost the number of visitors to the area and have a positive effect on employment.

For more information about upcoming events, the scheme itself and to donate to the cause, visit the Aln Valley Railway website – alnvalley