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Offers for schools

In conjunction with our already existing education activities, we are offering a number of ‘new’ educational activities.

Please contact outreach.mhr@hotmail.com to express your interest.

CREST Discovery Days 11-14 year olds

A day of challenges and problem solving on the Watercress Line. Based at our engineering hub at Ropley learn what it takes to run and maintain a heritage steam railway.

  • ​Take a tour of our engineering workshops and find out how we restore our steam engines.
  • Learn about signalling in our Ropley Signal Box from one of our Signalmen.
  • Have a go at designing and building a bridge that could be used on our railway.
  • Find out what it takes to drive and fire an engine from one of our engine crews on board a steam engine.

CREST Discovery Awards offer a great introduction to project work. Typically takes about five hours to complete (so can be done in one day!) and are ideal for classroom, club or youth group activity days.

Cost: £3 per student

Click here to download information sheet

Women’s Work KS3 Year 8-9

The railways employed women as early as the 1800's. Learn about the differing roles of women on the railways between 1800's-1960's. Explore gender issues, work/life expectations and the personal achievements of women. 

Here at the Watercress Line we have a personal interest in the roles of women on the railways. Our flagship steam engine, Canadian Pacific was built during WWII when Eastleigh Locomotive and Carriage Works employed large proportions of women. Some of whom would have worked on this engine.

In groups create a poster about women's work on the railways. This can be offered as an outreach session or based at the railway.

Cost: FREE

Click here to download information sheet

There is an opportunity for posters to be part of our Women's Work Display here at the railway.

Young People’s Canadian Pacific Workshop 12-16 year olds

Come and explore our engineering hub at Ropley. Experience what it takes to restore and maintain a steam engine

  • ​Tour of our enigneering workshops and find out how we restore our steam engines.
  • Find out what it takes to drive and fire an engine from one of our engine crews on board a steam engine.

​Workshop lasts approx. 1 hour 30 mins.

Booking required.

CREST After School

CREST enrichment activity for after school clubs. This is a shorter version of the CREST Discovery Day offer.

  • ​Take a tour of our engineering workshops and find out how we restore our steam engines.
  • Learn about signalling in our Ropley Signal Box from one of our Signalmen.
  • Have a go at designing and building a bridge that could be used on our railway.
  • Find out what it takes to drive and fire an engine from one of our engine crews on board a steam engine.

Cost: FREE

Click here to download information sheet

​Acitivities are dependent on weather, time of year (lighting conditions) and availability of certain volunteers.

STEM Outreach

Outreach session focusing on STEM subjects and their use on the railway.

This session will help students to develop a number of skills in a fun setting.

  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Team work
  • Planning
  • Design

Can be provided as a stand-alone outreach session or as part of your schools STEM activities.

Cost: FREE (if taken by Can Pac Team)

Click here to download information sheet