Vintage family day out

Stan Sutherland gets ready to roll back the years at the annual Victorian Steam Fair. Pic: Andy Buchanan.
Stan Sutherland gets ready to roll back the years at the annual Victorian Steam Fair. Pic: Andy Buchanan.
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Enjoy a vintage family day out at Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Life in Coatbridge this weekend.

The annual Victorian Steam Fair will take place on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-5pm and is set to be another banging day out at Scotland’s nosiest museum.

The fair is a much-loved annual tradition and is the perfect opportunity to see Summerlee’s steam fleet, including the Fowler road roller, Tigger and the Foster engines, fired up and in full steam.

There will also be a host of visiting engines, from miniature to full-size, as well as a ride-on miniature steam train.

If steam’s not your thing, or you don’t want to get your hands dirty, the event has a range of other activities.

Why not pose for an authentic Victorian family portrait; enjoy traditional children’s games, arts and crafts; join staff at the miners’ row cottages for wash day activities; or simply have fun at the traditional Victorian fair?

Summerlee’s resident band the B Flat Miners will also treat crowds to a performance of favourite traditional songs.

Summerlee boasts a huge array of social history, interactive displays and industrial engineering exhibits.

Experience working and living conditions through the ages with the ever popular mine tour and above ground at the miners’ row cottages.

And any trip to Summerlee wouldn’t be complete without a ride on one of the vintage Edwardian trams.