All Aboard the Asparagus Express!

Ian Crowder
April 8, 2024

The British Asparagus Festival, a cherished Vale tradition heralding the arrival of the beloved green spear, kicks off once again this St Georges Day with an aspara-tastic steam train journey.

On Tuesday, April 23rd the festivities begin with a gathering of Morgans and other classic cars at the Fleece Inn, Bretforton, from 9:30am, where attendees can get into the spirit of the occasion with music and dancing before embarking on a journey to Broadway station.

The Asparagus Express Steam Train departs Broadway at 11:35am bound for Cheltenham Racecourse, returning at 12:55pm (arriving at Broadway 13:56pm).

Join us as we transport the first 100-round of Vale Asparagus in iconic style through the breathtaking Cotswold countryside.  Gus and St George will parade the asparagus through the train, offering unique photo opportunities.

Catherine Johnson, Marketing Manager of the GWSR commented:  “The GWSR is thrilled to be involved in this fantastic event, celebrating the beautiful asparagus our region grows – it is great to be involved in the transportation of this on our fantastic locomotive and supporting National Star is an added bonus.

“In the past, asparagus was transported to market over our railway from the Vale of Evesham so we are turning the clock back.”

Over the years The British Asparagus Festival team has been to Buckingham Palace, Worcester Cathedral, the European Parliament in Brussels, Royal Hospital Chelsea and many more, presenting the hundred to worthwhile causes. For 2024 the fresh gras will be donated to the Cheltenham-based charity National Star, where students will whip up our prized asparagus into delicious dishes to be served at the StarBistro, showcasing the very best of English seasonal & local fare.

National Star Chief Executive Lynette Barrett said: “Preparing young people with disabilities for adulthood is what National Star is all about. An important part of that preparation is learning about healthy eating, understanding the importance of local seasonal food and of course how to prepare balanced and tasty meals."

Barrett continued, “We are thrilled that the British Asparagus Festival has chosen StarBistro at National Star as the final home for the first hundred-round of Vale Asparagus. National Star students will be at the ready to transform the asparagus into delicious soup and then enjoy their efforts!”

Ticket Information:

Secure your seats now for The Asparagus Express! Tickets are available for purchase with a 5% discount for online bookings in advance via the www.gwsr.com website. Please note that tickets are for the Broadway to Cheltenham (return) steam train ride only.