What’s on at NRM York

October half-term - Takeover Festival

A unique collaboration with York Theatre Royal as their Takeover Festival comes to the museum for the week!

24 Oct 2015 - 31 Oct 2015
Family activities

TakeOver 2015 will be a festival like no other - we welcome the inquisitive, the adventurous and the imaginative, challenging spectators of all ages to get involved and expect the unexpected. 

A mix of touring and local companies will perform in unique spaces within the the museum and a series of Creation Stations will provide a range of opportunities for creative people of all ages. Please note that some activities are paid-for and need to be booked in advance via the York Theatre Royal box office (direct links provided for each performance below where they are available).

TakeOver Programme

Download and read the full programme brochure here

A Journey with Maude

Mon 26 Oct-Sun 1 Nov | 11:30am, 12:15pm, 2:15pm, 3pm, 3:45pm | Tri-composite carriage, Station Hall
£5, not wheelchair accessible | book tickets

In this intimate time-travelling adventure, you'll be whisked from Vienna to San Francisco to witness moments of an extraordinary woman's life.

The Great Train Songery

Mon 26-Weds 28 Oct | 12noon, 12:45pm, 2pm, 2:45pm | Meet at Warehouse entrance
Pay what you can | book tickets

Explorer Johnny Acecraft has been let loose in the museum's Warehouse, and want to talk about its unusual artefacts in the only way he know: know musical comedy!


Thurs 29-Sat 31 Oct | 12:30pm, 1:15pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm | Fruit van, Station Hall platform 6
£4 | book tickets

The worlds of horror and fantasy collide in a journey of the imagination, as entertainer Charles Alderdice attempts to bring Lewis Carroll's darkest work to life.

The Gentleman For Nowhere

Thurs 29-Sat 31 Oct | 4:15pm | Gresley Buffet Car in the Warehouse
£4 book tickets

The platform is still. A train rumbles into the station and rolls to a halt. Three people step aboard... An immersive piece based on Dickens' Mugby Junction.

Pigeon Party

Sat 24, Mon 26, Wed 28, Fri 30 & Sun 1 Nov | 11am-4pm | Across the museum

Look out! Those pesky pigeons are running riot in the museum again! Ernie the security guard wants them gone. The Pigeon Party will be popping up around the museum so join in when you see it!

Coal in the Garden

Sat 24, Sun 25, Tue 27, Thurs 29, Sat 31 & Sun 1 Nov | 3pm | The Garden, Great Hall
Free & booking not required

A brand new piece for TakeOver and the National Railway Museum, directed by Lizzy Whynes, Artistic Director of TakeOver.


Weds 28 Oct & Sun 1 Nov | 12noon-3:30pm | Footbridge, Great Hall

What does it take to entirely devote yourself to a hobby? In this intimate, reflective piece, poet Henry Raby speaks on patience, waiting and much more.

Of Time and the Railway

Sun 24 Oct-Sun 1 Nov | 10am-6pm (on a loop all day) | Footbridge, Great Hall
Free (running time 110mins)

A film about the railway line between Birmingham and Aberystwyth recorded from the driver's cab of the train. It was filmed on 86 different days and has been edited into a single trip that takes in more than a year.

Ghost Train

Mon 26 Oct | 7:30pm (doors/bar at 7pm) | Station Hall, meet at City Entrance
£10 (£8 concessions) | book tickets

An immersive film screening of the 1940s classic comedy-horror Ghost Train. Live performers will re-enact scenes - vintage outfits are encouraged!

TakeOver Shorts

Tues 27 Oct | 7:30pm (doors/bar at 7pm) | Station Hall, meet at City Entrance
£8 (£5.50 concessions) | book tickets

A chance for YOU to have a say in the TakeOver 2016 programme! Four exciting and innovative companies will perform 20-minute extracts of brand-new pieces and you vote for your winner.

All Aboard

Mon 26 Oct-Sun 1 Nov | 11am and additional workshops at 2pm on Mon 26 and Sat 31 Oct | Meet at the Box Office

This workshop lets you time-travel to the most important moments in the railway story. Get into character with period costumes, and create theatrical snapshots of railway life. For ages 5-17.

Suitcase Stories

Tues 27 Oct | 10:30-1:30pm | Meet at the Box Office

A mysterious suitcase sits in the middle of the room, overflowing with curious objects... Join us a for a very special workshop, where you can work with archive items and artefacts from the museum! For ages 8-12, please bring your own lunch and drink.

Mind The Gap

Fri 30 Oct | 11am-4:30pm | Meet at the Box Office

In this full-day workshop you'll get the chance to create a short performance based around places and objects. For ages 13-17 please bring your own lunch and drink.

Creation Stations

Our Creation Stations give you the chance to get involved and unleash your creativity! Drop in throughout the day and show off your artistic talents with these free, family-friendly activities:

Download and read the full programme brochure here

What is TakeOver?

TakeOver Festival is an annual event that happens at York Theatre Royal. It is a festival run entirely by 12-26 year olds who, with support from York Theatre Royal staff, plan, program and present a festival of theatre and events. Due to the Theatre's £4.1 million redevelopment, this year's festival will take place in the National Railway Museum.

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