Education Days

Educational Experience 2018 

A school visit to the Churnet Valley Railway provides a valuable experience that can be linked to the curriculum.

Dates Still Available in 2018

Evacuee Days: September 12th and 24th, October 8th and 15th

Adventure Days: 3rd and 10th July

The Evacuee Experience.

A “living History” day suitable for Key Stages 2 & 3 studying World War Two, allowing children to more fully understand everyday life as an evacuee. Activities for the day:

• Arrive at the station wearing 1940s style clothes with gasmask box and personal label
• Board the vintage train for a 10 mile round trip hauled by a heritage locomotive and have Identity Cards (provided by the Railway) inspected.
• Decide what would be packed in a small evacuee suitcase
• Discover how evacuee children were “selected” by their hosts at an “auction”
• Taste some 1940s food based on War recipes and learn about how food shortages were overcome.
• Experience a blackout as the train travels through Leekbrook Tunnel
• Hear the Air Raid siren warning and the ‘All Clear’
• Learn about the experiences of the Ryders, the last family to live in Cheddleton Station and handle some of the objects they would have used in their everyday lives.
• Listen to and ask questions of “real life” evacuees about their experiences growing up in the Leek area in the 1940s.
• Spot the difference between British and enemy aircraft and train to be a member of the Royal Observer Corps.
• Use a ration book and some old coins (both supplied by the Railway) to make purchases in the Railway shop using ration book coupons.

All this is covered in 6 X 30 minute sessions at either Froghall or Cheddleton Stations.

Cost £9 per pupil (includes £1 fee for ration book and shopping experience) with 1 adult free for every 10 children. Carers supporting children with Special Needs are free

Adventure Days

Suitable for Reception and Key Stage 1 children, allowing them to experience a railway journey and understand about the nearby countryside and something of how a railway operates.

• “Buy” tickets for the journey from the booking office
• Explore the station buildings, the signal box and the shed where the engines are repaired and serviced.
• Find out what jobs railway workers like the Driver, the Guard, the Stationmaster and the Porter did.
• Handle objects from the railway, learn what they did and hear the story of the last family to live at Cheddleton Station
• Learn the safety Rules about crossing the railway line.
• Meet the Owls at Froghall
• Play “I Spy” using the buildings and equipment on a country railway station and “Simon Says” based on the actions taken by the Guard and Driver as a train leaves the station.
• Use the picnic area for a bug or leaf hunt to understand the insects, plants and trees around the station,

All this is covered in a 10 mile round trip in heritage carriages pulled by a heritage locomotive and 6 X 30 minute sessions at either Froghall or Cheddleton Stations.

Transport in the Valley

Suitable for Key Stages 1 & 2 and provides much information and experiences for a local history course.
• Enjoy a 10 mile round trip in heritage carriages hauled by a heritage locomotive.

• Examine the different methods of transport and travel in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries (rivers, roads, canals and railways) and their individual strengths and weaknesses.
• Identify why canals declined in the face of competition from the railways which in turn were overtaken by cars and buses.
• See how transport involving canals and railways influenced industries like engineering, mineral extraction and pottery

• Understand how a railway functions, how far it was possible to travel by train and how holidays and holiday resorts developed because of trains
Adventure Days and Transport in the Valley £8 per pupil with one adult free for every 10 paying pupils. Carers supporting children with Special Educational Needs are free

Dates still available in 2018
Evacuee Days : September 17th and 24th October 8th and 15th
Adventure/Transport in the Valley Days: July 3rd and 10th.

Wednesdays in July are other possible dates in the summer term when parties could be accommodated. It would also be possible to tailor-make a day visit for a school or group of schools at other times of the year.

All Education Days will start from Kingsley and Froghall Station at and finish there at 2.30pm.

All activities are subject to availability on the day.

We suggest that all children bring a packed lunch with them. Our Education Officer is an experienced teacher who has taken early retirement.

The Education Officer can be contacted for advice. Complementary tickets are available for two adults to make a preliminary visit to the Railway, Please ask for details.
To make a booking please contact our Office on the number below. Upon making a booking you will be sent a CVR completed risk assessment sheet.

Telephone 01538 758491 or 01538 750755. Contact us by email: