Stephenson’s Rocket Coming back to Rainhill

By on Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The steam engine that won the Rainhill Trials of 1829 is returning to the town this bank holiday weekend (25-27 May 2019).

A replica of Robert Stephenson’s Rocket will be on display to commemorate 190 years since it beat four other locomotives in a one-mile railway race through Rainhill Village. It was the only one to make it to the end.

Volunteers have come together under the Rocket 190 banner to host a weekend of events and activities celebrating the dawn of the steam age.

Saturday 25 May will see a Model Railway Exhibition, football tournament, vintage motorcycle display and an evening of musical entertainment.

Rainhill Rocket 190

On Sunday 26 May, a parade featuring locomotives, classic cars and a marching band alongside floats and walking participants takes place from the Ship Inn to Rainhill Village. More steam displays, a tea party and live entertainment are also on the cards.

Then on Monday 27 May, the annual Rainhill Gala takes place on St Ann’s field, with stalls, games, food, live entertainment and fun for all ages.

Village tours by guides in period costume and an array of other exhibitions are on all weekend, with the Rocket itself taking central stage in Exchange Place.

Find out more about the Rocket 190 weekend here, or click here to download a brochure with times for all events, including the Rocket display, parade and 2019 Rainhill Gala.

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