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ArtTrain Day activities announced.

(23/03/2012 @ 16:04:00)

ArtTrain Day: Saturday 19th May 2012

Love Somerset? Love art?  Love railways?  You can enjoy all of these delights on Saturday 19th May when The ArtTrains transport you between stations on the West Somerset Railway. 

Artists and performers from West Somerset, the Quantocks, the Brendon Hills and the 10 Parishes will be taking over the entire network and showing how their art can travel with you along the West Somerset Railway.

Your ticket will give you the chance to listen to poetry and music on trains throughout the day.  At each station, you can get off and take part in a workshop, watch a demonstration, look at art, buy art, devour a cream tea! There will be artists demonstrating their skills and a chance for you to get involved – whatever age you are!

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to enjoy one of the best heritage railways on the UK plus all the art you can handle!

What to see and do on ArtTrain Day
Please see the initial list of what is happening at each station, more details will be announced shortly!

·         Live music

·         Art workshops from ARTSY - ARTSY Workshops presents: fun, drop-in workshops where children of all ages can explore their imagination within a choice of structured activities that facilitate expressive visual development. Come and join us for some creative fun suitable for the whole family!

·         Bough Houses from Rob Heard – www.robheard.co.uk

·         Face painting from Minehead EYE

Dunster – wood theme

·         Willow workshops

·         Storywalk around Dunster village see www.tinyurl.com/storywalks

Blue Anchor – driftwood

·         Driftwood workshop from Emma Duke

 Washford- metalwork

·         Ben Horrobin will demonstrate blacksmithing on his portable forge.

·         Lots of other metal workers including silver smiths and sculpture as well as a variety of other artists.


·         Live Music

·         Paper making demos from Two Rivers Paper Mill

·         Rope making machine from the Boat museum


·         Live music

·         (Punch and Judy tbc)


·         Painted glass workshop from Avril Silk

·         (performance to be confirmed)



·         Pottery workshop from Jo Dove

·         Launch of 'The Emerald Dragon and Other Magical Tales of the Quantock and Blackdown Hills'  by Clare Viner with illustrations by Georgie Grant


Bishops Lydeard

·         Textiles in the Victorian sleeping carriage

·         Live music


"This is part of the Making the Links in Western Somerset project funded by the European Union and Defra, which encourages creative industries and tourism businesses to work together to try out innovative ideas.”

How to Book

Standard rate Fares Apply for all regular service trains.  You can travel with us by using single, return or rover tickets. Single, return and rover tickets can be bought on the day from our booking offices (cash & credit card) or on the train from our Travelling Ticket Inspector (cash only). 

Rover tickets can be bought in advance by telephone or online by using the link on the top right of this page.  With a Rover ticket you can enjoy unlimited travel all day on the West Somerset Railway including travel on the Auto Train services and start at any of our stations.




On the Day

Adult Rover



Senior Rover












*Family Rover: 2 adults and up to 4 children

You can buy discounted ArtTrain Day Rover tickets in advance.  Please buy online or by calling 01643 704996.

Photo credits: Owl by Doulla Aebli, Spades by Victoria Ward, Illustration by Georgie Grant.

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