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Fire Engines Special & Steam Sunday


Sun 5 Jul 2009, 10:00am–4:30pm

Where: Ferrymead Heritage Park, 50 Ferrymead Park Drive, Ferrymead, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $15.00
  • Child - accompanied by a paying adult: $0.00
  • Adult concession: $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: ferrymeadpark

On 5 July, Ferrymead Heritage Park's "FIRE ENGINES SPECIAL" will make all young fire-fighters' dreams come true. They will get a really close look at fire engines and fire-fighting, past and present, with lots of activities for children and adults.

See the "Pride of Ashburton" pumping, a kitchen fire demonstration, have-a-go with a small hose and nozzle, marvel at Christchurch's first fire appliance, watch fire safety films, check out a modern fire engine plus Buick, Dennis, Leyland and Snorkel machines from the past. Meet "Bright Spark" and find fire engines all over the Park. Talk with fire fighters to hear all about their special world and visit the Hall of Flame to see the best collection of fire engines and fire services equipment in the southern hemisphere.

Trams and trains are Ferrymead Heritage Park’s other big attractions and Sunday 5 July is also one of the Park’s famous “Steam Sundays”, held on the first Sunday of the months of March to November and every Sunday in December, January and February.

This means that in addition to the usual attractions, the Canterbury Railway Society will be running a steam train all day.

Plus, the Tramways Historical Society will be operating an electric tram and its 1881 Kitson steam tram, the only one of its kind in the world still running, might make a special appearance. Visitors can ride the trams and train as often as they like.

Stroll our heritage village, which provides a snapshot of Christchurch life in the early 1900s. Be welcomed into an Edwardian home, play heritage games, visit the school house, church, general store, jail, bakery, stables and other heritage buildings.

Visit the museums: aeronautics, wheels, model railway, rural history, post & telegraph, printing, photography & film, radios & phonographs. Talk with our experts and learn about restoration projects being worked on.

Be entertained in the heritage cinema and theatre, ride the 2ft gauge railway, relax over a "cuppa" in the railway tearooms, and browse the timeless treasures and treats in our gift shop. Bring a picnic and sit in the gardens, soaking up the atmosphere and scenery.

Admission includes all fire engine action and all-day steam train and tram rides. Some additional activities run by volunteer societies cost a gold coin.

There’s lots of free parking or catch the #35 bus from town, get off at Bridle Path Road and walk the last bit to the Park. Or, use the car park opposite the main entrance.

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