About the Autumn Steam Gala
England is well known for AONBs or Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty like the North Wessex Downs area. To the east is the town of Basingstoke, the birthplace of a PONB, a “Person of Outstanding Natural Beauty”, named Elizabeth Jane Hurley. She is an English actress, businesswoman, and model and in the opinion of many, one of the world’s most beautiful women. Elizabeth’s busy schedule will keep her occupied but those of us blessed with average good looks will have plenty of time to attend the Autumn Steam Gala. It is held every October at the Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line located about 15 miles south of Basingstoke in New Alresford.
This three-day mid-Autumn event will feature steam locomotives operating a varied timetable throughout each day. A freight train and miniature railway will also be running.
Visitors to the Autumn Steam Gala will depart from either the Alresford or Alton stations immersed in the full glamour of steam travel with a special themed experience that changes from year to year. You can visit the four stations and heritage signal boxes, witness the ongoing restoration in our engineering sheds. Harry Potter fans will be delighted to stroll on the footbridge where he received his Hogwarts Express ticket. Others will simply want to stroll around the Hampshire countryside. All that walking will create a big appetite that you can appease at the West Country Buffet.
Mid Hants Railway Watercress Line
The Mid Hants Railway began in 1865 as the Alton, Alresford & Winchester Railway aimed at providing an alternative route between London and Southampton. The line became a “backwater” in 1937 after electric-powered trains out of London eliminated the Mid Hants Railway as a through route. In 1957, the use of diesel engines allowed the railway to run for another 16 years. It now is a preserved heritage railway with over 40 years of continued restoration efforts.
Entry To The Event
For the standard fares and timetables, check the Watercress Line website before you arrive. The Autumn Steam Gala is a special event and booking early is advised to get a discount off the same day fares of £45.00 for adults and £25.00 for ages 5 to 16. A family of four can ride for £115.00. Children under five and dogs are free. There are no restrictions getting on and off the carriages but note that there are no wheelchair provisions in the catering set.
Somewhere to Stay in Hampshire
The Spinney Caravan Park, Two Hoots Campsite (Glampsite), and the Watercress Lodges & Campsite are three options close to the Watercress Line for caravaners and campers if pleasant mid-October weather prevails. If not, the 3-star rated Swan Hotel is in Alresford. There are many other hotels and B&Bs in the general area.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Weekend visitors to the Autumn Steam Gala have many options to choose for a road trip to see the local sights and explore the many AONBs. Folks will also want to head south to the English Channel and see the port towns of Brighton or Portsmouth. Winchester, about 15 miles to the east of Alresford, is another option. One more place to see is the Milestones Museum of Living History in Basingstoke.
Dogs are welcome if they are kept on a leash, but they are not permitted on seats or tables while at the railway, including onboard the trains. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets immediately. There is free parking at the Ropley Station including a drop off point for the disabled. The Alresford Station offers “pay and display” parking for £1.50 but is free on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The Alton Station has “pay and display” parking for £9.30 all day Monday-Friday and £3.50 all day Saturday and Sunday. Men are advised to behave themselves in a dignified manner if they chance upon Ms. Hurley while attending the Autumn Steam Gala.
When is the next Autumn Steam Gala?
The Autumn Steam Gala is planned to take place at The Railway Station, Alresford,, Hampshire, SO24 9JG, Friday 16th October, 2020. This is a Weekend Steam Event.
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