2020, Update on Future Events
Further to the announcement on Thursday 28th May of the cancellation of the June Diesel Gala due to the Covid-19 public health crisis, we can today, 1st June, provide an update on our current situation in regards to our passenger trains and special events.
Despite recent Government announcements easing some lockdown restrictions there has been no significant news regarding the leisure and tourism sector, and therefore the KWVR can confirm, sadly, that we are extending our period of closure until the end of July. Throughout the period of closure the safety and well-being of our volunteers, staff and visitors has been our number one concern. When we were required to close and stop all non-essential work on the railway, we were part way through replacing a 115 year old bridge carrying our railway across the River Worth near to Ingrow station. We now have to re-commence work in a safe and appropriate manner considering all the latest health advice. This work involves a team of our volunteers with specialist skills, a number of contractors, and some specialist equipment. Planning is underway to get all the necessary resources together again to allow work to re-start, and as a result we can confirm that we will be unable to open to the public in June or July.
Cancelled already are our Vintage Train Sundays, Strawberries & Prosecco in June as well as the Diesel Gala announced on the 28th May.
We also want to provide an update to visitors regarding our programme of special trains and events for 2020. All our special trains and events require extensive planning by our dedicated volunteers, and in many cases take months of planning and preparation. Due to the continued uncertainty about when we can re-open, and what restrictions and likely social distancing rules may apply when we do, we have taken the difficult decision – in addition to the closure period above – to cancel the following trains and events throughout August.
August Cancelled Events
Haworth Haddock Dining Trains
Saturdays 1st and 22nd August
Sparkle & Steam Prosecco Tasting
Saturdays 8th and 15th August
Railway Children 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday 29th – Monday 31st August
Further to cancelling the August events, we have taken the hard decision to cancel two other events, these being….
Other Cancelled Events
"1927 - A day in the life of...."
Saturday 12th September
Beer & Music Festival
Thursday 22nd to Sunday 25th October
Future Plans & Restrictions
This is an unknown and rapidly changing situation and like all visitor attractions we are looking at how, and when, we can reopen safely. Our volunteers are constantly monitoring the most up-to-date government advice and instructions and working as hard as possible to ensure that we can reopen as soon as possible. We will provide further updates on our re-opening in due course. If you have already made a booking with us for an event which has now been cancelled then we would be grateful if you could wait for us to make contact with you directly, so please do look out for our email.
We are currently expecting that we will be able to operate our popular series of Santa Special Trains in December but possibly to a different format. Further announcements regarding these trains will be made in late summer once the longer term situation becomes clearer.
‘Worth Saving’ Appeal
We are a registered charity (Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Preservation Society, Charity Number 1136853) and at the moment have absolutely no ordinary income at all. We find ourselves in difficult times. Costs have been reduced as much as possible, but there are still fixed overheads and contracts that we cannot avoid. In addition once we reopen our ongoing investment, maintenance and restoration programmes may be affected by lower than normal income. The cancellation of these events, especially the Beer & Music Festival will hit us hard.
We launched a fundraising appeal, ‘Worth Saving’, to ensure the railway can continue to be enjoyed in the future in the same way that countless visitors have enjoyed it over the last 50 years. Securing our future is of the utmost importance to all our volunteers, our local area and the local economy.