Astounding Inventions: Lineside Conservation (Levisham): Sunday 18th September

Join us in celebrating England's rich history of invention, industry and innovation with Heritage Open Days 'Astounding Inventions' theme. Where would we be without steam trains?

Catch the train to Levisham Station to ‘Go Wild’ with our Lineside Conservation volunteers and learn about the diverse habitats along our lineside with a variety of hands on activities that all the family will enjoy.  

Skullduggery – learn your herbivores from your carnivores. Who eats who and how are their skulls and teeth adapted to help them? Can you identify the skulls of some of the animals we find around here? All the skulls are replicas so no animals were harmed in their making!  

Pellets and Poos – who has been here and how do we know? Well, quite often we find out who has been around by looking at pellets and poo! Take a look at some real and replica animal droppings and find out about the fascinating world of owl pellets – what are they and what they can tell you.  

The Nest Station - Buzzards have to make a large and strong nest for their chicks high up in the trees. There are buzzards which nest really close to here. Have fun chilling out in the buzzards nest station and make a nest with our materials - getting as creative as you can! Whilst in the tipi chill out with stories and guide books about the birds and beasts around us – great for the little ones and well as the big ones.  

Forest Folk & Tree Trail  

Make your own Forest Folk Character on the trees along the trail leaving a friendly and funny trail for walkers to come by. As you choose your location look out for the tree trail telling you more about the trees around us, what they are, how their wood can be used and which wildlife loves them.  

  • Suitability: All
  • Times: 10:00 to 14:000
  • Meeting Place: Levisham Station
  • Price: FREE
  • Ticket: You do not require a Ticket for this event. 

The NYMR's Trust is a not-for-profit charity, which focuses on both the education of all people of all backgrounds through the operation of a living museum demonstrating the impact of the coal-powered steam railway as a catalyst for the rapid expansion of the Industrial Revolution and a foundation of modern societies and economies. 

The advancement of heritage by the preservation and operation for the public benefit of the historical railway line across the North York Moors between Grosmont and Pickering, North Yorkshire including the conservation of the flora, fauna and species within the Charity's lineside estate, adjacent to and within the North York Moors National Park, including designated areas of special scientific interest forming part of the estate. Learn more:

Yorkshire's Magnificent Journey Project

The £10 million YMJ project aims to secure the long-term future of the popular heritage railway. It involves much-needed infrastructure improvements to enable the line to continue running for generations to come, including the replacement of three bridges. The project also focuses on improving access to the railway by those with disabilities, action to conserve and interpret the heritage, flora and fauna along the lineside, providing new opportunities for apprentices and new education and volunteering facilities. For further information and to donate please visit

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About Heritage Open Days

  • Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Running for ten days every September, the festival offers free access to heritage events and activities across England.
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