Open House Weekend

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Traditionally held each spring, this event began as an annual 'Members Day'. The first Members' Day advertised in SVRSevern Valley Railway News 'forthcoming events' was on 1 April 1995, featuring an increased train service with visits and displays behind the scenes for SVRSevern Valley Railway members.[1]. The event continued in that format until 2004, but in 2005 a second day was added to become the Members & Shareholders Weekend. The 'behind the scenes' exhibits became open to the public as well as members and shareholders, and the event was ultimately renamed the 'Open House Weekend' to reflect this, the first Open House Weekend taking place on 16-17 April 2016.

No events were held in 2020 or 2021 due to restrictions arising from COVID-19.


Attractions vary from year-to-year but in 2017 included:

Peep Behind the Scenes

This second event, Peep Behind the Scenes, was held between 2010 and 2017 and also allowed visitors a chance to see some areas of the railway that are not normally open to the public. Until 2016 it was organised by The 4150 Fund and in 2017 by Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd.

Heritage Open Days

Billed as 'England’s largest festival of history and culture', Heritage Open Days was established in 1994 as England's contribution to the European Cultural Convention's European Heritage Days. It is England's largest community heritage festival.[2] On 10-11 September 2022 the SVRSevern Valley Railway held a 'Behind the Scenes' event.

See also

Peep Behind the Scenes


  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 113
  2. (Retrieved 28 August 2022)