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Blitz and Evacuation

About The Visit

Blitz & Evacuation Workshops take a very practical look at life, hardship and disruption during the dark days of World War II. The experience is arranged jointly by Bewdley Museum and the Severn Valley Railway.

The day begins at Bewdley Museum with a very practical look at life during World War II. Children will learn about such issues as air raids, rationing and preparation for war. During this session there will be an opportunity to visit a genuine 1940s Air Raid Shelter and to handle a range of artefacts from the 1940s era. A replica identity card and label for each child will  be sent out prior to your visit.

After the museum session, there’s a short walk to  Bewdley station to catch the evacuation train to Highley, travelling alongside the River Severn which flows through the beautiful Severn Valley . At The Engine House at Highley,  children will experience at first hand the contrast between town and country life. The evacuees will have lunch, followed by a second workshop session where they will have fun playing wartime games or explore relevant sections of the Engine House!

* If an earlier lunchtime is required, Lunch may be eaten on the train and undercover accommodation is available at the Engine House should the weather be unkind.

At the end of the experience your group will return to Bewdley station (or Kidderminster if you would like a longer train journey) where your coach will have re-located.

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What's Included

  • A practical classroom session at Bewdley Museum.
  • Return journey in reserved seats, usually by heritage steam train, from Bewdley to Highley with a costumed museum teacher who will lead the whole day for you.
  • Identity labels and cards.

Booking Arrangements, Costs and Timings

Blitz and Evacuation workshops operate in May, June, July and September.

Cost £12.25 per pupil.
On the Severn Valley Railway 1 adult travels free per 10 paying pupils. Any additional adults, above the free allocation, are also charged at the child rate.

A minimum of 30 and maximum 60 paying pupils applies.

Bookings for this event are co-ordinated by Bewdley Museum and TIC, not Severn Valley Railway.


Contact Us

0845 607 7819

Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2AE