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Dinosaur Weekend

July 8 - July 9


Start: 08/07/2023 End: 09/07/2023
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Join us for this Jurassic Dinosaur Weekend, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July, we’ll be joined by some pre-historic friends from  

featuring:- Europe’s largest walking T-rex “Tiny”, Spinosaurus “Scar”, 4 metre long triceratops, and for our smaller Guests, we will be joined by a whole collection of Baby Dinosaurs.

Throughout the day;

  •  Meet the Baby Dinosaurs
  •  The Dinosaur Rangers will be on hand to answer any pre-historic questions you have
  • “Tiny” the T-rex & “Scar” the Spinosaurus will be roaring around Swanwick Junction
  •  “Betsy” the triceratops will be providing some calm to all the roaring around Swanwick Junction
  •  Photo Opportunities & Meet and Greets

Leaving Butterley Station you will experience the way we used to travel with a train ride through the wonderful Derbyshire countryside on one of the Midland Railway – Butterley’s heritage Diesel Multiple Units. These trains have really large windows and so there is an excellent view all round. Plus you can see into the cab and see the driver in action, as well as the track ahead.

Trains depart from Butterley at: 11.00am, 11.50am, 12.40pm, 2.00pm, 2.50pm & 3.45pm

Visitors arriving for the 3:45pm departure will not be able to explore the complex at Swanwick Junction. We recommend arriving at Butterley no later than 2:50pm if you wish to look round at Swanwick Junction.

Get off the train at Swanwick Junction for the Dinosaurs and explore the Museum Complex, where you will be able to visit the:-

  • Demonstration Signal Box
  • Victorian Railwayman’s, St Saviour’s Church
  • Golden Valley Light Railway (separate charge to travel)
  • Children’s Play area
  • Country Park
  • Stationary Power building
  • Road Transport building

For further information on Swanwick Junction attractions:-

Trains return from Swanwick Junction at:  11.35am, 12.25pm, 1.15pm, 2.35pm, 3.25pm & 4.00pm.

Todays Train FaresWith Gift AidWithout Gift Aid
Adult (16 years and over)£17.50£16.00
Senior (over 60 years)£16.50£15.00
Child (3 to 15 years)£9.25£8.50
Child (2 and under)FreeFree
Family (2A and 3C)£45.25£41.50

Parking at Butterley Station is FREE.

About Gift Aid

Gift Aid is available to UK tax payers, enabling the Midland Railway Trust to reclaim 25% of the amount paid from the government. Gift Aid visitors will receive vouchers to spend in the shop and as a thank you for payment by this method. This represents excellent value for the visitor as well as benefiting the Midland Railway Trust.