THE WatercressLine has announced a new event for February half-term.

The historical railway will be conjuring up tricks and entertainment on board its locomotives during its Magic of Locomotion event. There will also be magic shows in the Old Goods Shed at Alresford.

Activities will run throughout the half-term school holidays every day from 10.30am to 4.30pm, including close-up magic tricks from a mystical magician travelling on the train. 

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Visitors can find out how the magic makes the locomotives move and can step on and off the heritage trains at various stations along the Watercress Line’s 10-mile route. Brake van rides will be available for free at Alresford Station.

Additionally, author Simon Hall will be signing his book Trouble on the Watermeadow Line at the Old Goods Shed throughout the week.

There will be pottery painting, for an additional cost, in the West Country Buffet where there’s hot and cold food and drinks to purchase. More refreshments and snacks will be available at the Alton Kiosk and the Gift Shop at Alresford will be open for mementoes of the day.

Young visitors will also receive an activity sheet of magic tricks they can practise at home and there will be free colouring sheets at Alton Station.

The Watercress Line’s CEO Rebecca Dalley said: “We’re conjuring up some marvellous magical treats this half term with our fantastic Magic of Locomotion event. 

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“Come along for a memorable day out, with some spellbinding fun and games to entertain visitors of all ages – and enjoy rides on our enchanting heritage trains all day, every day.

“Book online to make sure you don’t miss out on the magic of the Watercress Line. We look forward to welcoming you.”

More information about the event can be found on the Watercress Line website.