Railway Children Celebration

Railway Children Bank Holiday Celebration

This year, a dual celebration will be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, celebrating the 1970s film “The Railway Children” which shot the KWVR to international stardom and won the hearts of millions. Alongside that, we will be celebrating “The Railway Children Return”, a brand new feature film set for release in the summer of 2022.

Across the bank holiday weekend, see re-enactments and locomotives featured in both films & visit Oakworth Station, the home of the “Railway Children”.

Dates

Saturday 27th August
Sunday 28th August
Monday 29th August


The films

The Railway Children (1970)

The 1970 film version of Edith Nesbit’s story The Railway Children brought the Keighley & Worth Valley into the limelight, with the railway and the surrounding valley used as the backdrop for the film. The story revolves around a family with three children – Roberta (also known as Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis, their father was arrested on suspicion of being a spy.

The mother hides this from the rest of the family and they had to move to the countryside, due to becoming impoverished. They move to a cottage called Three Chimneys in Yorkshire near Oakworth Railway Station. The rest is history…

The Railway Children Return (2022)

The Railway Children Return will take audiences on an exciting and heart-warming journey, in which a group of children are evacuated to a Yorkshire village during World War 2, where they encounter a young soldier, who like them, is far away from home….

Production company Studio Canal has released the first trailer of The Railway Children Return, filmed along the railway and surrounding areas. Multiple trailers will be released during the run-up to the film’s scheduled release date on 15h July 2022.

The Railway Children Return is helmed by BAFTA-winning director Morgan Matthews and written by BAFTA-winning Danny Brocklehurst.

Starring Sheridan Smith, Jenny Agutter (who returns as Bobbie from the original beloved family classic), Tom Courtenay and a new generation of Railway Children!

EVENT INFORMATION

Day rover fares  (Book your tickets online 3 days in advance & save 15%!)

  • Adult – £20
  • Concession – £17
  • Child – £10
  • Child under 5 – Free
  • Family (One adult or concession plus ONE child) – £25
  • Family (Two adults or concessions plus three children) – £48
  • Book 3 days in advance and save 15%!

If you live in Postcode areas BD20, BD21 or BD22,  you can take advantage of special reduced fares by being in possession of a Local Residents Railcard. Find out more information about how to apply on the website.

Car parks are available at five of the KWVR stations and for the benefit of satellite navigation system users, the KWVR station addresses & postcodes are:

  • KEIGHLEY – Keighley Railway Station, Station Bridge, Keighley, BD21 4HP
  • INGROW – Ingrow Railway Station, South Street, Ingrow, Keighley, BD21 5AX
  • OAKWORTH – Oakworth Railway Station, Station Road, Oakworth, Keighley, BD22 0DZ
  • HAWORTH – The Railway Station, Station Road, Haworth, Keighley, BD22 8NJ
  • OXENHOPE – Oxenhope Railway Station, Station Road, Oxenhope, Keighley, BD22 9LB

You can find out more information about getting the railway, in the dedicated travel section.