About the Miniature Steam Weekend
The large seaside town of Worthing sits west of the better-known Brighton and east of Portsmouth on England’s South coast bordering the English Channel. Mary Shelly, who wrote the gothic novel Frankenstein, inherited the Castle Goring in Worthing in 1845. Perhaps her lumbering bolt-headed creature is still there waiting until September to travel about 15 miles northwest to the Houghton Bridge to see other wonders at the Miniature Steam Weekend.
Frankenstein and other visitors will enjoy the working miniature steam engine and enjoy riding the railway around Amberley’s 36-acre site. Visitors can also see history in action at the Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre.
The museum has an impressive display of industrial narrow-gauge railway equipment, locomotives, and rolling stock. The focus for this two-day weekend event is steam but there are petrol, diesel, and electric locomotives and their passenger-carrying coaches and wagons. They provide free transport around the site for visitors on the museum’s narrow-gauge track. The Limeburners Café is open from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Wednesdays to Sundays.
Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre
The Amberly Museum had a humble beginning from its original concept in 1974 to its 1979 opening where there was “precious little to see and there wasn’t even a tearoom!” A decade later some major acquisitions included a radio, television, and telephone collection together with a 1930s automatic telephone exchange and a complete operational interwar bus fleet from the local Southdown company. The railway was constructed from 1982-1984 giving Amberley one of the top four national industrial railway collections. The Limeburners Café opened in 2004 with many additions to follow including the Milne Electrical Collection, the Railway Exhibition Hall in 2004, the West Sussex Wood Turners in 2014, and the Billingshurst signal box in 2017. Finally, a new engine shed “Burt’s Bunk” was opened in 2017 and in 2018-2019 the Loco Shed and Smithy buildings were restored.
Entry To The Event
The normal hours for the Museum are 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with final admission at 3:30 p.m. Standard admission is £13.60 for adults, £11.50 for Concession, £7.30 for children age 4 to 15 and free for those under 4. Two family packages are also available at £41.80 for a family of five with two adults and £28.20 for a family of four with one adult. Adding a bit more in the form of a Gift Aid entrance greatly benefits the museum.
Somewhere to Stay in West Sussex
The Museum website describes several options for an overnight stay or a weekend getaway. The Woodacre B&B, Foxleigh Barn B&B, and the luxurious Amberley Castle Hotel are all great choices with dozens of other options in the area to fit most budgets. There are also many camping and caravan parks as you head a bit south toward Worthing and Portsmouth.
Other Things To Do Around The Area
Visitors will find plenty of other activities along the beaches bordering the English Channel, but for those in search of inland activities, one place to go is the Cissbury Ring formed sometime around 250 BC. It is on an isolated hilltop at Worthing’s highest point and has awesome views in all directions. Worthing visitors will also enjoy the Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, located in an Edwardian hall from 1908 and formerly a Worthing’s library.
Parking is ample but there may be a fee for special days like the Miniature Steam Weekend. All dogs are allowed but be sure to keep them under control and on a short lead. The grounds are mainly flat so wheelchair users should be able to navigate in most places. The one exception is the trains that do not have wheelchair accessibility. Folding wheelchairs are one option and the staff will make their best effort to help those who need assistance. One final note: If you are with Frankenstein, remember that he is about 8 feet tall and will need lots of legroom on the trains.
When is the next Miniature Steam Weekend?
The Miniature Steam Weekend is planned to take place at Houghton Bridge, Nr Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT, Saturday 12th September, 2020. This is a Weekend Vintage Event.
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