Watercress Line set to celebrate the fantastic 1950s

Visitors to the Watercress Line will be able to celebrate the fabulous 1950s when it turns back time for a nostalgic August Bank Holiday weekend.

Jive dancing and live music, traditional fete fun and games and special vintage vehicle displays will bring a 1950s’ vibe to the well-loved railway attraction, from Saturday 28 August to Bank Holiday Monday on 30 August.

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Visitors can soak up the vintage atmosphere as they experience the thrill of travelling by steam locomotives. The Watercress Line tickets allow passengers to hop on and off at any of the heritage stations to explore the 50s’ activities on offer at Alresford and Ropley stations.

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At Ropley, sensational singer Stephanie Belle will be rekindling favourite 50s’ tunes all weekend, with the brilliant Sandy Ince also performing on Bank Holiday Monday.

Pop into Pearl’s Pin-Up Parlour at Ropley for a vintage makeover and be sure to visit Matthew Bambury’s fascinating Queen Mary boat trains display.

Watercress Line general manager Simon Baggott said: “Join us for a fabulous flavour of the 1950s during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Whether you’re eight or 80, there will be lots for everyone to enjoy with an exciting programme lined up, in addition to rides on our wonderful steam locomotives.

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“Please be assured the railway will be following COVID-19 safety regulations – so don’t miss out, get your tickets in advance online through our website.

“There’s lots to do at the railway throughout the year so come along and enjoy our new playground, the picnic area, explore the locomotive yard and learn more about the engines.

“We also have special days planned for the rest of the year too. We look forward to welcoming you to the railway soon.”

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Find out more and book tickets online, visit www.watercressline.co.uk/50s-weekend/

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