Ride The Rocket


Date: Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th September
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Memphis Outdoor

Help build the Rocket and then take a journey around the Festival site. Artist Paul Grady from Teesside University will work with Festival goers to make a fantasy steam train – built around a tricycle – which will take participants around the site. Using scrap materials supplied from Percy Middlesbrough Scrap Store, the carriages will be decorated and filled with cardboard cut-out ladies and gentlemen from back in the day. Get your photo taken and be the face of one of those grand gentlemen or ladies on board. A fun and creative making project, roll up your sleeves and get decorating.  Train journeys to take place in intervals throughout the day. 

To add to the atmosphere we’ll be using Raspberry Pi technology to project railway footage from the North East Film Archive around the making activity of the Rocket … building up a real head of steam for the journey to come.

Celebrating 190th anniversary of the world’s first steam passenger train between Stockton and Darlington.

Facilitated by Steve Thompson of  Teesside University.


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