Teddies become tickets this half term on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

If you are looking for something fun and a little bit special to do in the upcoming half term, which runs from Saturday 25th May-Sunday 2nd June, then head down to NYMR, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, where you can swap your teddy for a ticket in their great Teddy Bears Picnic which goes on for the entire week.

Throughout the duration of half term, those children who take their teddy along for a ride on the Heritage Railway won’t have to buy a ticket, they will travel free if they are with a full fare paying adult, as long as they have their teddy bear.

This event is all part of the railway’s 40th birthday celebrations and the teddy theme will be seen at every station on the line, and visitors will also be challenged to find hidden pictures of teddy bears at Goathland, Grosmont, Levisham and Pickering stations.

“Whether you are coming to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as a fantastic way of travelling for a day out to the coast, to explore the stunning countryside of the moors, or simply for a uniquely nostalgic steam train experience, everyone is welcome, and this fun twist where children and their teddy bears travel for free makes it a great value day out for the whole family,” comments NYMR’s marketing manager, Danielle Ramsey.  “Needless to say that no picnic is complete without sandwiches and cakes, and we’ve got a great selection available from each of our tea rooms along the line, or you are welcome to bring your own to eat along the way.”

Travellers leaving from Pickering Station throughout the half term break will receive an extra special send-off, with NYMR’s two costumed characters, Tracker Jack and the station cat, waving them off as their train departs the station.

“Our station cat joins us for our 40th anniversary celebrations, but as yet, we haven’t given him a name, so we’ll be asking our visitors to come up with some suggestions for a name,” adds Danielle. “Although we can only give him one name, entrants will also have the chance to win a return trip on the railway during the summer months, with five family tickets being given away during the course of the week.”

Trains depart from Pickering to Grosmont every hour on the hour from 9.00am to 5.00pm, with the 9.00am, 12 noon and 4.00pm services continuing on to Whitby.  Children arriving without a teddy bear of their own can still save money on a standard ticket and take a fun souvenir home, with NYMR engine driver teddy bears available for £7.95 from the shop at Pickering station, saving between £1 and £4 per child.

For more information, please call 01751 472508, or you can book tickets online at www.nymr.co.uk