World War II Evacuation Experience



A special opportunity for KS 2 Primary pupils to experience a World War II evacuation. The children will be taken back in time to 1940 for a glimpse into wartime life.


Schoolgroup participating in Evacuation
Kids on the train


"You made it feel like we were being actually felt like we were in an evacuee's shoes"



The fully escorted evacuation experience will include a steam train journey to the 'safety of the countryside' plus (subject to availability):


  • Presentation by Museum Education staff in role, showing a range of wartime items.
  • Firefighting practice.
  • Air raid experience including short stay in 'air raid shelter'.
  • A short talk by a real WWII evacuee with the opportunity to ask questions ( or a video, subject to availability).
  • 1940s picnic lunch (appropriate food to be provided by school/parents).
  • Final allocation of the children to their 'farming occupations and accommodation'.



Pupils and staff should come dressed in 1940s style costume with an identity label, gas mask box, suitcase or pillow-case for belongings, and suitable wartime lunch.



Children in WWII dress waiting on the platform

Assembly At Winchcombe Station.

  • Dates for 2023: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from April to June and September to October - please contact
  • Start Time: 09.15
  • Finish Time: 14.00 approx
  • 2023 Costs: To be announced
  • Group Size: Normally a minimum of 20 pupils up to 33 pupils approx
  • Availability: Up to 3 Groups per day
  • Booking: Contact School Bookings Coordinator at Email:, use our Contact Form (Select Option 'School Visits')

or telephone GWR Enquiries 01242 621405 and ask for a call-back from the School Bookings Coordinator

You can download this information as a pdf by clicking here.


For your visit to the railway, teachers will need to conduct a Risk Assessment.


If any of your pupils have disabilities you may wish to look at our Accessibility page.


A joint initiative between the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and the Wilson Museum


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