BUDDING young train drivers can brush up on their skills at interactive theatre workshops launching in Kidderminster this half-term.

Running daily from February 15 to 23, the Make Me a Train Driver workshops include theatre sessions, a short diesel train ride at the Severn Valley Railway with spotting trail, themed vintage photoshoot, a certificate, build your own blocks train to take home, tea or coffee for accompanying adults and a free child's Freedom of the Line ticket to use later in 2020.

Those taking part can also enjoy free entry to Kidderminster Railway Museum.

Workshops run at intervals between 10am and 3pm daily and a special education needs-friendly 'quiet workshop' takes place at 3pm on February 22.

The SVR's steam locomotives will be running between Bewdley and Bridgnorth throughout the week. There will be no trains from Kidderminster due to planned restoration work on the Falling Sands Viaduct.

Passengers can hop on and off at the Railway’s historic stations and head to the Engine House Visitor Centre, where they can see the fascinating Manchester Model Tramway display – and even try their hand at driving one of the intricate miniature trams.

While there, people can explore the latest interactive exhibits, experience what it’s like on the footplate of a real steam locomotive, admire the Royal Carriage and enjoy a bite to eat at the Engine House Cafe.

For those in need of Valentine’s Day gift inspiration, Vintage Steam Afternoon Teas are on offer on Saturday, February 15 and 29.

Passengers can enjoy an afternoon tea on board the SVR’s vintage restaurant car as they steam through the Severn Valley from Bewdley.

Spaces are limited and can be booked at svr.co.uk or by calling 01562 757900.

Head of sales and marketing, Lisa Palmer, said: “It’s great to be back up and running for 2020 with lots to see and do this February half-term.

“We’re calling on all budding young train drivers to join us at Kidderminster Station for our fun, colourful workshops this half-term, which also include a free child Freedom of the Line ticket that can be used for another great day out on the Railway later in 2020.”

The Kidderminster Refreshment Room and gift shop will be open throughout the week from 9am to 5pm and children’s snack boxes for breakfast, lunch or dinner can be pre-booked by those attending the workshops and delivered to them at the station for an additional fee.

Visit the website for more information.