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Ride with The Flying Scotsman!

Ride with The Flying Scotsman on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May at East Lancashire Railway 

The People’s Engine – The Flying Scotsman – makes a hotly anticipated return to the East Lancashire Railway in 2018 as she runs a series of passenger services and static displays throughout the year.

You can reserve your place in history (and bragging rights too) with a ride behind the world’s most famous steam engine as it steams through the picturesque Irwell Valley.

Your ticket entitles you to a return trip on the iconic engine, as well as unlimited travel on other ELR train services running on the day!

There are two types of Flying Scotsman tickets available:
Bury to Rawtenstall (Return)
Approximate journey time of 1 hour and 10 minutes (tickets priced at £25 adults and £15 children)
Bury to Heywood (Return)
Approximate journey time of 45 minues (tickets priced at £15 adults and £10 children)

Click here to reserve a seat on The Flying Scotsman from Bury to Heywood


It is possible to book both a Bury to Rawtenstall (Return) and a Bury to Heywood (Return) ticket to form a full line return journey, however please note that the same seats may not be available. Please check the seating plan during the online booking process to see if the same seats are available for both legs of the journey, if they have already been booked then you can select other seats. If your seats are different then you will need to swap when ‘Flying Scotsman’ returns to Bury (from Rawtenstall). Click here for full information.

Flying Scotsman Factfile:

  • Built in 1923, at Doncaster Works
  • In 1928, hauled the first ever non-stop London to Edinburgh service (8 hours)
  • In 1934, became the first steam locomotive to reach 100mph
  • Retired from regular service in 1963 after covering 2.08 million miles
  • In 1989, set the record for the longest non-stop run by a steam locomotive (422 miles)
  • Featured on specially produced £5 coins for the 2012 Summer Olympics
  • Returned to service in 2016 after a £4.5 million restoration project

Get up close and personal with City and United legends!

The debate between Manchester United and Manchester City fans other whether the city is red or blue will surely never be resolved, but we can agree that Manchester boasts what is arguably the best footballing heritage in the world. Two very special evenings at the magnificent Stockport Plaza this summer will celebrate Manchester’s football history in all its glory and there’s something for everyone – red or blue.  Continue reading..

7 stunning page-to-stage adaptations

Hard Times

6th – 10th March. The Lowry, Salford.

Hard Times is Charles Dickens’ tenth novel, published in 1854. The only Dickens novel not to feature scenes in London, Hard Times is based in the fictional Northern industrial town of Coketown (not dissimilar to Manchester and possibly based on Preston). 

Coketown is a place where the imagination is forbidden. Thomas Gradgrind will not permit fanciful thoughts in his school or his home. So how can he protect his children from the corrupting influences of the circus when it comes to town? The witty adaptation of a great Northern novel which comes to Salford this March is a touching and often hilarious tale of repression and longing.

Book tickets here.


14th March – 7th April. Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester. 

Mary Shelley’s Gothic classic really needs no introduction. First published anonymously in 1818, when Shelly was just 20 years old, the novel follows the story of scientist Victor Frankenstein, who manages to bring life to a ‘monster’ made from exhumed body parts. 

The gripping new adaptation of Frankenstein by celebrated playwright April de Angelis playing at the Royal Exchange Theatre marks 200 years since the publication of Frankenstein. Described as a “dark psychological thriller” it promises to be an unforgettable adaptation of a true classic.

Book tickets here


3rd – 7th April. The Lowry, Salford.

Another well-timed production, Birdsong, Sebastian Faulk’s epic tale of love and courage in the First World War, marks 100 years since the end of the conflict. When young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire, his world is turned upside down. As war breaks out, Stephen must lead his men through the carnage of the Battle of the Somme and through the sprawling tunnels that lie deep underground.

Now seen by over 200,000 people, this is a superb chance to experience this stunning piece of theatre live on stage in Salford.

Book tickets here.

Brighton Rock

22nd – 26th May. The Lowry, Salford. 

Co-commissioned by The Lowry for their Week 53 Festival, Brighton Rock is  brand new adaptation of Graham Greene’s murder thriller set in 1930s Brighton. As two seventeen year olds, Pinkie and Rose get embroiled in a vicious gang war in Brighton where one brutal murder leads to the next. The police are impassive – but the courageous and life embracing Ida Arnold wants the truth. Nothing scares her. Whatever the cost, she’ll see justice done.

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23rd May – 2nd June. The Lowry, Salford. 

Another Week 53 commission at The Lowry sees the much-loved childhood memoir of chef Nigel Slater brought o live on stage.  From making the perfect sherry trifle to waging a war over cakes and from the pressured playground politics of sweets to the rigid rules of restaurant dining, this is a story of love, loss and…toast. Excitingly, the production will see live theatre and dining intertwine, with tastes and smells provided in collaboration with Slater himself.

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War Horse

13th June – 30th June. The Lowry, Salford. 

Following 8 record-record breaking years in London’s West End and having played in 11 countries around the world to over 7 million people, the National Theatre’s acclaimed adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s War Horse returns to The Lowry this June. First published in 1982, the novel has become a global phenomenon thanks to this stage adaptation, noted for it’s stunning use of puppetry. 

At the outbreak of World War One, Joey, young Albert’s beloved horse, is sold to the Cavalry and shipped to France. He’s soon caught up in enemy fire, and fate takes him on an extraordinary journey, serving on both sides before finding himself alone in no man’s land. Albert, who remained on his parents’ Devon farm, cannot forget Joey. Though still not old enough to enlist he embarks on a treacherous mission to find him and bring him home.

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Love From A Stranger

10th – 14th July. The Lowry, Salford. 

Love From A Stranger is a a 1936 play based on Philomel Cottage, a 1924 short story by British mystery writer Agatha Christie.

Be careful who you wish for… A whirlwind romance with a handsome and charming stranger sweeps Cecily Harrington off her feet. Little does she know the ghastly truth about her new beau. Electric with suspense and with a biting twist in its tail, this edge-of-your-seat, rarely seen thriller by the UK’s greatest crime writer is reimagined in a brand new production

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