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Ashford Festival of Railway Modelling Returns To The Town Centre This April!

The Ashford International Model Railway Education Centre (AIMREC) will be hosting a two-day festival this April celebrating Ashford’s rich railway history!

On Saturday 6 April and Sunday 7 April, Ashford Town Centre will be showcasing and celebrating all things model railway when AIMREC run their Ashford Festival of Railway Modelling. Featuring a model railway exhibition, a photographic exhibition, museum open days, children’s activities and a beer festival, there is plenty of fun to be had.

There will be two model railway exhibitions which will feature a photographic exhibition celebrating 140 years of the Maidstone East to Ashford West Railway and a special exhibition called Tracks Across the Spectrum by and for people with autism.

Over the weekend there will be over 45 model railway layouts in different scales from G to N on display, accompanied by trade stands and heritage societies. A special section called Tracks Across the Spectrum located in the Elwick Club showcases model railways for and by people with autism. This year the photographic exhibition looks at 140 years of the Maidstone East to Ashford West line with a month-long display in Ashford Gateway Plus between the 25 th March and the 27 th April – entry is free but not open on Sundays.

For those seeking refreshment after the excitement, the Coachworks will be organising a beer festival over the two days with visiting railway-themed guest ales and music on Saturday evening.

Many locations around the Town Centre will open their doors as part of the festival, including
Ashford College, The Elwick Club, Ashford Gateway Plus, The Parish Hall, Ashford Museum, The Craftship and Coachworks. Entrance to the venues will by wristband which can be ordered in advance on the AIMREC website, purchased at Made in Ashford, or purchased at any of the main venues on the day. Wristbands cost £10 with under 16s and carers free. Opening Hours are 10.00 to 17.00 on Saturday and 10.30 to 16.00 on Sunday. Ashford College, The Elwick Club and The Parish Hall will open at 9.30 on Sunday morning for people with accessibility or other special needs to enjoy the models and displays in a quieter atmosphere.

For more information on the event and the work of Ashford Model Railway visit – www.aimrec.co.uk

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