SEATON TRAMWAY, COLYTON GRAMMAR AND COLYTON HERITAGE CENTRE LAUNCH ‘COLY TRAIL’ GUIDE

Seaton Tramway, Colyton Grammar School and Colyton Heritage Centre have partnered to create a new leaflet guide for visitors called ‘Coly Trail’.

The partnership comes from Seaton Tramway’s ‘Travels Through Heritage and the Axe Valley’ project which is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Tramway has been working with students from Colyton Grammar School and volunteers from Colyton Heritage Centre to produce a brand new ‘Coly Trail’ leaflet for Colyton. Designed and printed by the students themselves, the leaflet includes a ‘Brief History of Colyton’ timeline and a map of the key points of interest around the town, including Colyton station. For each point there is also a fun activity for children, so there is something for everyone.

Nicola Berry, Learning and Activities Manager at Seaton Tramway said;
“The aim of the Coly Trail project was to engage local young people with the fascinating history of Colyton, giving them opportunities to research, plan and design a leaflet that will appeal to visitors of all ages. It has been a delight to work so closely with the school and the Heritage Centre and we’ve been impressed by the students’ commitment to the project especially given the difficult circumstances due to covid”

The guide will be available from 24th July at Seaton and Colyton Stations & Colyton Heritage Centre and was researched and designed by students Olivia Petrini, Sophie Thwaites, Emily Hales, Meggy Hemery, Marnie Broomby and Sophie Hilton from Colyton Grammar School.

C Harris, Assistant Head teacher, Teacher at Colyton Grammar Said;
“This project was of great value to all of the students involved and several of the Year 13 student leaders are now going on to study History or a related course at university. Not only did it give the students a chance to learn some fascinating local history and get stuck into some primary research in the local archives, but it also allowed them to see through the process of designing, developing and finalising a heritage industry brochure for use by the general public. On that note, a special thanks must go to Year 13 Olivia P whose exquisite original artwork helped to bring the final booklet to life.”

Jacqueline McCollough from Colyton Heritage Centre said;
“It was a real pleasure for CPHS to participate in this innovative project, initially by supporting Seaton Tramway in its successful bid to the NLHF and then to be able to work with and support students from Colyton Grammar School as they formulated and developed their ideas for designing a new self-guided town walking trail leaflet aimed at younger audiences. The leaflet identifies sites of local interest and key events and facts about the long history of Colyton. This project shows what can be achieved when local organisations work together for the benefit of Colyton and visitors to the town”

This is one of many community-based projects recently announced by Seaton Tramway. Its partnership with Colyton Heritage Centre continues with its new ‘Train’s, Tram’s & Trade’Guided Walk of Colyton scheduled for departure from Colyton Station at 10:30am 14thSeptember. Tickets are available now from Seaton Tramway.

The new guide will be available for purchase at Seaton Tramway stations, Colyton Heritage Centre and Colyton Grammar School.

SEATON TRAMWAYS AWARD WINNING TRAMATHON 24 HOUR FUNDRAISER RETURNS 5th JUNE

Seaton Tramway is excited to announce its Award winning TRAMATHON Fundraising Appeal, which will see a 24-hour continuous tram trip streamed online to help raise money for the charity and secure the future of the Tramway and its industrial heritage.

From Saturday 12 Midday 5th June, Seaton Tramway will be going live on Facebook for a continuous  24-hour tram trip between our Seaton and Colyton Stations. This will all be streamed live online for the full 24 hours as we raise money for our charity. 

The Tramway celebrated its 50th anniversary of operating at Seaton in August 2020 and like other heritage railways has seen an abrupt halt to its income that helps keep trams serviced, the track maintained and its future secure. Reopening in 2021 with excitement about new projects and offers for our loyal passengers, bills continue to need to be paid and projects still need completing. Railways and tramways like ours are supported by visitors and generous supporters that we love welcoming every year.

To combat this crisis, we invite everyone to come together in person or in your living rooms to watch our TRAMATHON live. This fundraising appeal will see a continuous 24-hour broadcast live from the tram as it travels between Seaton and Colyton Stations. With a spread of themed departures and never before seen videos about the tramway, this is an event not to be missed. Visitors can get involved by donating directly to the appeal, purchasing special items like Seaton Tramway signs and sections of rail or by joining the Tramathon team live on the trams on one of the trips.

Tickets for the Tramathon trips are on sale now, and include a Tramathon return trip and all day travel on the date of issue. Trips begin at 12 midday, 5th June  with the 24 trips going through the night and ending on arrival at Seaton Station at 12 midday Sunday 6th June. Tramathon 2020 was award ‘Most Innovative Fundraising Idea’ by the Heritage Railway Association at its award ceremony this April.

With the generosity of donations, we want to give back too. Which is why we will be awarding prizes away prizes and experiences as we hit fundraising milestones, like Driver’s Eye Experiences, Half Day and Whole Day Tram Driving Lessons, Free Tickets and a Years Free Travel. All anyone has to do to be in with the chance of winning is donate a minimum of £5 before June 12th to be entered. Prizes will be drawn live on Facebook during the 24-hour TRAMATHON. Full terms and conditions can be found on our website.

In line with our fundraising appeal, we have also launched our new ‘HERO Ticket’ which can be purchased and redeemed as an All-Day Explorer ticket on any day we’re open to the end of December 2021. These tickets are available now and will go towards our TRAMATHON Fundraiser. 

Seaton Tramway has operated from Seaton for 50 years and has seen everything from Snow blizzards to storm washouts but Covid-19 has proved one of the greatest challenges that its ever had to face. 

You can find out more about the giveaways and milestones and how to donate at www.tram.co.uk/tramathon