Cotswold Festival of Steam: POSTPONED

Unrebuilt Bulleid Battle of Britain class pacific no. 34072 from the Swanage Railway was to be one of the stars of the event and we hope it will be able to visit in future (Pic: David Stubbings)


  • The Cotswold Festival of Steam 'Somerset & Dorset Remembered' - Saturday 23th to Monday 25th May 2020 - postponed


  • Coronavirus hits railway's plans - however, if possible, every home fleet locomotive will run, events permitting


  • Tickets are not available at present


Sentinel 4wvb no. 7109 Joyce was one of the ' S & D'-themed locomotives due to visit for the Festival (Pic Sean Dudden)

The organising team of the Cotswold Festival of Steam deeply regret that owing to the unprecedented situation relating to the Coronavirus pandemic and following governmental advice, it has had to postpone the visiting locomotives for the Cotswold Festival of Steam.  It is hoped that we will be able to re-run this event if not later this year, next year. However, if circumstances permit the railway will run as many of the home fleet locomotives as are available over the bank holiday weekend 23rd to 25th May but we hope you understand that even that cannot be guaranteed.

If you have booked tickets, thank you: but please bear with us for futher announcements concerning your booking.  It will take time to go through the large number of bookings already taken.


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Links will be activated as details become available

Locomotives Home fleet only if circumstances permit

Timetables (if an event takes place timetables will be here)

Footplate rides cancelled for now    Tickets bookings NOT being taken 
  Take a Trade Stand cancelled for now Narrow Gauge
Bus timetabls cancelled Getting to the GWSR













Coronavirus halts the Festival for now

Regretfully, visiting locomotives for the Cotswold Festival of Steam are being cancelled thanks to the current national emergency situation concerning Coronavirus.  It is hoped however, that if circumstances permit, the railway will operate all available home fleet locomotives over the late May bank holiday weekend and we hope to run the event as planned at a later date or next year instead.  Thank you for your understanding,


Visiting locomotives stopped

Sadly our visiting locomotives have been cancelled.  We hope to be able to run an 'anything goes' event using all available home fleet locomotives but even this cannot be guarnateed at this stage given the unusual circumstances we are facing.  May be next year we will be able to pick up the S & D theme again?