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Educational Trips

Whistlestop Valley offers school groups the excellent combination of a fun day out alongside a fantastic educational experience.


Whistlestop Valley is the home of the Kirklees Light Railway, a heritage narrow-gauge railway that is rich in local history and runs along the old Clayton West Branch Line with deep-rooted links to the local textile and mining industries of times gone by.


Whether you are looking for a visit tailored around a specific curriculum topic, or just looking for a fun day out, Whistlestop Valley is a great choice.

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What do Whistlestop Valley educational visits involve?


  • A 50-minute return train ride behind a steam locomotive (25 minutes each way)

  • A closer look at the locomotive and accompanying talk

  • An opportunity for the children to watch the engine turn on the turntable

  • A chance to "let off some steam" in our outdoor adventure play area (note: the jumping pillow will NOT be available) 

  • An indoor or outdoor space to eat packed lunches

  • A miniature train ride around the duck pond 

  • A visit to the gift shop (if required; must be booked in advance)

  • Basic hot/cold drinks for adults can be purchased from The Firebox but card payment at the time of purchase is required

  • A voucher for each child to return to Whistlestop Valley


The following optional extras can be added onto the standard package:


  • Ice creams tubs for staff and children (additional charge)

  • Lunches for staff and children (additional charge)

  • Pre-packed gift shop bundles (additional charge)

How much do educational visits cost?

One FREE adult for every 4 children
Additional Adult

A minimum charge of £250 applies to bookings of fewer than 36 children.

How do I book an educational visit?


Please email us at for more information or to enquire about available dates.

Documents for teachers

Guided school visits teacher pack
'Spot the ...' sheet

if your children need something to keep their attention on their journey!

If you have any other requirements, we will always try and meet them where possible. Please be sure to mention any special requests at the time of booking.


Our current risk assessment for educational visits can be downloaded here.

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