Two special event trains are set to give adults and children a fun day out to explore Colchester’s heritage.
The trains from Walton-on-the-Naze and Clacton-on-Sea to Colchester will run at 10am and 12 noon on Saturday 9 September and will link up with vintage buses offering transport to heritage sites across Colchester. Storytellers and a magician will entertain young and old along the journey.
The event will coincide with the Heritage Open Days Weekend which allows entry to a number of the town’s top heritage attractions for free.
The trains are being run in conjunction with Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership and Greater Anglia. Prices are £5 for adults and £2.50 for children 12 years and under.
Jayne Sumner, Rail Engagement Manager at Essex County Council, said: “Colchester is the oldest recorded town in Britain and offers a whole host of historic sites to explore.
“What better way to do it than by enjoying an entertaining train ride with storytellers, activity packs and a magician along the way.
“We can’t wait to welcome people to enjoy a ride along the beautiful Sunshine Coast train line before a day out exploring Colchester’s long history.
“Make sure you book early to avoid disappointment as tickets are limited.”
Paul Oxley, Greater Anglia's Stakeholder Manager, said: "We are delighted to be part of Colchester's Heritage Open Days Weekend by helping to attract people from further afield, with the additional benefit that arriving by train means less congestion and pollution in the town."