Pam AyREs steams through the Cotswolds!


  • Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway features in Channel 5 series ‘The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres’

  • Railway to appear in third of four hour-long programmes on 1st October

  • Pam Ayres chats to the railway’s volunteers


The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway features in a new four-part series hosted by ‘national treasure’ Pam Ayres, being aired by Channel 5 from today, 17th September at 8pm.

Pam Ayres: 'National Treasure' at the GWSR, 1919-built loco 4270 behind

Pam Ayres chats to Clive Norton, a member of the footplate crew

A chat with sound effects

Part of the film crew from True North, the production company that made the series for Channel 5

The railway is covered in the third programme of the series on Friday 1st October. It chronicles her visit earlier this year when she took a round trip over the line, starting from Toddington station, calling at Winchcombe, Cheltenham Racecourse and back via Broadway, chatting to volunteers along the way.


Catherine Johnson, the railway’s marketing manager, said: “Pam was absolutely delightful to work with and had a kind word for everyone she met.  In developing the series with production company True North, she really wanted to include the railway as she has visited us on a few occasions before.”


In each episode she explores beyond the picture-postcard images of the Cotswolds, drawing on her local knowledge to explore the region’s gems as she chats to people, like her, who call the area their home.


Pam Ayres commented: “I was delighted to be asked to present the series.  I have travelled a lot in my life but there is nowhere as beautiful and green and lush as the Cotswolds.  I love the place and I love the people.”


This clearly came over as the film crew spent a day with Pam Ayres on the railway, as well as paying visits before and after filming. 


Added Catherine Johnson: “With her cheeky smile and sense of humour, Pam is the perfect guide to all the wonderful places in the Cotswolds. 


“She was especially impressed with the fact that the railway has been built up from a derelict 15-mile-long strip of land into the vibrant, exciting Cotswolds attraction that it is today and I’m sure that will come over on the 1st October programme, which features our lovely line!”


The Cotswolds with Pam Ayres: Channel 5, 8pm Fridays from 17th September.  The GWSR features in the third of the four programmes on 1st October.


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Media contacts:

GWSR: Ian Crowder, 07775 566 555 or

Catherine Johnson, 07920 406630 or



The award-winning Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway (GWSR) operates over 14 miles through the Cotswolds between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway.  The railway is now fully open following Covid-19 restrictions. The GWSR is on part of the former Great Western Railway route between the West Midlands and Bristol, South Wales and the West Country, the section between Stratford-upon-Avon and Cheltenham opening throughout in 1906.  The line closed in 1976 and the infrastructure was removed in 1979, the formative GWSR beginning to rebuild the line 40 years ago in 1981.