World War II Evacuation Experience

A special opportunity for Primary pupils (Years 3 to 5) 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, which pupils will be able to investigate and handle.
  • 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.
  • 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: Normal, public running days in April, May, June, September and October; please check our calendar for details of running days - please call
  • Start Time: 09.30
  • Finish Time: 13.45 approx
  • 2018 Cost: £12 per pupil
  • Group Size: Minimum 20 pupils up to 33 pupils per party
  • Availability: Up to 3 groups per day
  • Booking: Contact School Bookings Coordinator at Email:

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.


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


The Wilson Museum logo
Cheltenham trust logo