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Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership's 20th Anniversary Celebrations

For over 100 years, the Bittern Line has connected the city of Norwich with the coast as it passes through the Broads National Park and the scenic beauty of North Norfolk. Fifty years ago, this route was threatened with closure. However, today the line is now busier than ever! The Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership was formed in 1997 and since then passenger numbers have increased from 200,000 to over 600,000 per year. Join us on August 21st to 25th 2017 as we celebrate 20 years of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership and enjoy one of the most picturesque journeys on the railway network.

Event Programme: Monday 21st August to Friday 25th August 2017

 Date  Time  Station  Event & Descriptions
21 - 25 August All day Norwich BITTERN LINE COLOURING STATION
Come and draw the Bittern bird or colour in one of artist Alice Lee's Bittern bird designs, then apply them onto a pre-made panel of plain wallpaper at Norwich station!
Take home your own Bittern colouring sheet as a souvenir of the celebrations. There will be a "Meet The Artist" session on 23 August 12pm - 2pm at Norwich station.
21 - 25 August 10am to 4pm Wroxham WROXHAM SIGNAL BOX TOURS
Volunteers at the Wroxham Signal Box Trust will be offering free guided tours Monday-Friday, 10am-4pm. Learn about the history of the signal box which opened in 1900 and closed in 1983.
21 - 25 August 12pm to 9pm Wroxham WROXHAM STATION SMOKEHOUSE
The Station Smokehouse are proud to be officially opening their tables on the platform at Hoveton and Wroxham in conjunction with the 20th anniversary celebrations of The Bittern Line. They will be offering tasty samples all week as well as displaying their brand new steam train smoker and BBQ grill which will be used to take The Smokehouse show "on the road"!
21 - 25 August Various trains
(times tbc)
- BITTERN LINE CAKE TIME
Little cakes will be distributed up and down the line by friendly volunteers who will be happy to chat with passengers about the history of the line. A birthday flyer celebrating the partnership and featuring the timetable will be handed out as well.
 Date  Time  Station  Event & Descriptions
21 August 11:30am to 2pm Wroxham SOODLE STREET WORKSHOP
Join artist Caitlin Law in this free drop-in collage workshop at the Wroxham Signal Box. Take home your own collage of a train or a train station!
21 August 12pm to 2pm Wroxham LIVE MUSIC
Come listen to some lively musicians celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Bittern Line Community Rail Partnership with music at Wroxham station. The musicians include members of Catfield's "Occasional Ceilidh Band" and singers and instrumentalists who perform folk, roots and acoustic music in local sessions such as the Friendly Music Cafe, which takes place every month in Horning.
22 August 12pm Salhouse GUIDED WALK: SALHOUSE
Join Eileen Oliver as she leads this new 2.5 mile-long guided walk along quiet lanes and paths to All Saints Church, a beautiful thatched church dating to the 14th century, and onto Salhouse village. There may be a quick visit to the The Bell pub before the return walk to Salhouse station.
To join this free guided walk, catch the 1145 train from Norwich or the 1047 train from Sheringham. Trains back to Norwich are at 1328 or 1529 while trains back to Sheringham are at 1355 and 1555. A Bittern Ranger ticket (£9) will give you a day's unlimited travel up and down the Bittern Line so you can explore other parts of Norfolk after the walk.
23 August 1:30pm to 4:30pm West Runton GEOLOGY WALK: WEST RUNTON EAST TO WOOD HILL
Join Martin Warren as he takes you on a journey through 13.7 billion years of geological time. You can gaze over Doggerland, a whole Mesolithic landscape drowned 8,000 years ago by the rising North Sea, and pay your respects at the grave of the 700,000-year-old West Runton elephant when Norfolk was a 'big game' country.
Tickets are purchased on the day, £6.00 per adult, £3.00 per child. To book a place on the walk, email Martin Warren via www.northfolk.org.uk/geology.html
25 August 11:30am to 2pm Wroxham SOODLE STREET WORKSHOP
Join artist Caitlin Law in this free drop-in collage workshop at the Wroxham Signal Box. Take home your own collage of a train or a train station!

For details of events along the Bittern Line please call:

 Norwich Tourist Information 01603 213999
 Cromer Information Centre 01263 512497

Further events will be listed here when details are known.