28th November 2023

Railway Village Victorian Christmas. Step back in time this Christmas with the Railway Village Museum at 34 Faringdon Road. Explore Victorian Christmas traditions in the cottage. Witness the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian life during the festive season.

There will be low cost fun for the whole family at this free event, so we expect to get quite busy. Please book activities in advance where possible to avoid disappointment on the day.

Railway Village Victorian Christmas - The railway cottage museum
Railway Village Victorian Christmas – The railway cottage museum

When and where and all that stuff

Free activities

  • Christmas Crafts + Make your own wrapping paper by potato printing
  • Exhibitions
  • Colouring –
  • Games and stalls

Christmas crafts

FREE Potato Printing Workshop: You can make your own wrapping paper just in time for Christmas!

There is currently no need to book a session for this workshop. Workshops will last up to 45 minutes and will start on the hour, every hour from 11:00-15:00. Children must have a responsible adult with them at all times.

Suitable for ages 5+

The craft workshop will be running from the Central Community Centre in Emlyn Square, SN15GP.

Santa’s grotto

This December, Santa will be paying a special visit to Swindon’s historic Railway Village as part of the Victorian Christmas event at the Railway Village Museum.

Santa is super busy this year, and we expect a lot of people will want to see him. Book your slot in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.

Children will get the chance to have a chat with Santa about how Christmas has changed in Swindon. And about what it would have been like around Christmas through the Victorian times.

Tickets are £2 each and include a free small gift.

There are a range of FREE games, craft workshops and other activities for the whole family to enjoy while you wait for Santa. Santa’s Grotto is suitable for children of all ages. Children must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

Useful links

Santa’s Grotto Booking:

Tours: Click and select a time:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/mechanics-institution-trust-55170568413

Railway Village Victorian Christmas - the railway village in the snow

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