All aboard as it’s picnic time for teddy bears

Children prepare for the Teddy Bears Picnic on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Children prepare for the Teddy Bears Picnic on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

If you ride down on the train this half term you’re in for a big surprise - as the North Yorkshire Moors Railway swaps tickets for cuddly toys.

Bosses at the heritage railway are holding a week-long Teddy Bears’ picnic to coincide with half term, from May 25 to June 2.

Throughout the week, children taking their teddy bear along for a trip on the heritage railway will not have to buy a ticket to ride, as they will travel free with a full fare paying adult as part of the railway’s 40th birthday celebrations.

The teddy bear theme continues at each station along the railway, with visitors challenged to find teddy bear pictures at Pickering, Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont stations.

Danielle Ramsey, the railway’s marketing manager, said: “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.”

Travellers leaving from Pickering Station throughout the half term break will receive an extra special send-off, with the railway’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 will be asking our visitors to come up with some suggestions for a name for him,” added Ms Ramsey.