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We’ll be combining a ride on the KWVR with a talk by railway history expert David Pearson, then a vintage bus ride up to the Brontë Parsonage Museum. On arrival there will be an illustrated talk on Emily Brontë, and a guided walk up onto Penistone Hill for a view of the wild landscape which so inspired Wuthering Heights. There will also be an opportunity to look around Emily’s home, the Brontë Parsonage, finishing with tea and home-made cakes. Finally, returning by vintage bus to Haworth station for the ride by steam train back to Keighley.
Schedule Emily's Birthday
12.15: Meet at KEIGHLEY station for the Keighley and Worth Valley steam train leaving for Haworth at 12.30.
Our group has a reserved coach on the train. Railway historian, David Pearson, will talk about the Brontës and the railways and will also point out interesting places such as Oakworth station featured in the film “The Railway Children”.
12.50: Arrive and travel to Haworth by the Heritage Bus to the Museum Car Park
1.00: Free time for Lunch. Upstairs room at Cobbles and Clay Café on Main Street is reserved. LUNCH IS NOT INCLUDED.
2.00: Meet at the Parsonage Museum for the Emily Brontë activities.
You will be in two groups for the activities. Each activity takes about 30 minutes; groups will swap over at around 2.35.
1. “Emily’s Treasures” – talk and close-up viewings of some of Emily Bronte’s personal possessions presented by Ann Dinsdale, Collections Manager.
2. A short walk to Penistone Hill for a view of Emily’s beloved moors which provide the wild backdrop to “Wuthering Heights”, led by Sue Newby, Learning Officer.
3.15: Tea, soft drinks, and cakes in the garden weather permitting and visit to the Brontës’ home and gift shop.
4.00: Return to Haworth station by Heritage Bus from the Museum Car Park. Train leaves Haworth at 4.21 and arrives at Keighley arriving at 4.40