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A Storybook-Themed Steam Train Is Cruising Its Way Through Manchester Next Month

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England’s most iconic steam railway experience is calling all Kings, Queens, Princesses, Knights and members of the royal court for a royal adventure aboard a beautiful steam train with the East Lancashire Railway’s ‘Princess Academy’.

The theatrical event, taking place on 2 August, is especially created for girls and boys aged three to 10 years old to enjoy a full day out.

What’s it all about?

The storybook train will be led by a team of fairytale Princesses who will guide the children through a quest to solve the mystery of the stolen magical gems of Storybook Land along 12 miles of track through the stunning Irwell Valley.

As the grown up Princesses share royal skills, the children will have their new Knightly know-how and prized Princess expertise put to the test as they rescue everyone’s happy ever afters.

Starting in Bury, 20 minutes on the Metrolink tram from Manchester city centre or just off the M66, this experience is packed full of activities both on the platform and aboard the ‘royal carriage’, pulled by a remarkably restored heritage steam train.

Royal members are kindly requested to wear their own grand garbs (costume) as there will be plenty of photo opportunities with the nation’s favourite characters.

The experience is £13 for Kings and Queens (adults), £8.50 for little Princesses and Knights (two-17 years), and little munchkins on knees (children under two) are free.

You can book your place over on the official website here.

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