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Education Visits

School Groups

Why not bring your school group to the West Somerset Railway for a scenic trip back through time on a heritage steam train through Somerset's glorious countryside.
We can offer station tours, museum  tours and talks including a hands on visit to the museum at Bishops Lydeard Station, where you can work the signals yourself!
You can combine your World War 2 Educational course with an evacuation trip on the West Somerset Railway! We can provide you with guidance notes on how to organise your visit and also give you an educational work booklet relating to evacuees. A fun activity before your visit is to make a gas mask box in class so that they can dress up like an evacuee on the day. Please contact us for further information.

We also welcome ideas from you to show us how we can fit in to today’s national curriculum.


Fares & How to Book

School groups travel at our Group Rates with teachers travelling at child rate.  Please contact our Groups Department on 01643 700384 or email sam.com@wsrail.net for fares and a Schools Pack.


Before you visit

The West Somerset Railway has public liability insurance in place and can provide you with proof of this if required. 

It is your responsibility to produce a full Risk Assessment for your visit. 

It is your responsibility to ensure that all children are accompanied and fully supervised during their visit to the West Somerset Railway.


Please download our 2014 Risk Assesment Template which contains details on:

  • Public Liability
  • Local Enforcement Agency
  • Railway Operation
  • Food Safety & Hygiene
  • Staff Identification
  • Security
  • Vehicle Traffic
  • Fire Safety
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Lost Children
  • Unruly Children
  • Eating Facilities
  • Railway Specific Risk
  • Door entrapment
  • Windows
  • Arrival Arrangements
  • Parking
  • First Aid
  • Slips/Trips/Falls
  • Welfare Facilities
  • Additional Costs
  • Attractions Signposting


Work Experience

The West Somerset Railway offers work experience placements that are designed to fit around the requirements of individuals ranging from Secondary School young people to University students preparing their Dissertations. There are a limited number of these per year on a first come first served basis. Please call 01643 704996.

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