Dragon Theatre on the Railway

Museum Hopes for Busy End to “Summer of Two Halves”

An unusual dragon theatre group will be performing at a railway museum in Porthmadog over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Alchemy will be bringing their exquisite, hand crafted, dragon puppets to the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway as part of a fun weekend with a dragon theme.

But unlike many theatre performances, these dragons will be mingling up close with passengers, showing off their graceful movements, causing plenty of laughs and even the odd spot of mischief.

The event, “Fun Whatever The Weather” runs throughout the Bank Holiday weekend.  Managers at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway hope it will bring extra visitors to the attraction, and to the town of Porthmadog for the end of the summer.

Martyn Owen, Chairman of the WHHR, said: “the high summer season this year has been one of the most bizarre in the recent history of our charity.

“We started the summer with visitor numbers which were steady, but down on the same period in previous years.  Then, all of a sudden, we found ourselves rushed off our feet.

“It really has been a summer of two halves.  It’s almost as if many people put off taking their holidays until the very last minute in the hope that the weather might improve towards the end of the summer.

“We’re just hoping that the tourist industry of Porthmadog can keep up the busy pace for the all important Bank Holiday weekend.”

Alchemy claim that their baby dragons have all been carefully hatched from eggs at a small dragon sanctuary in the Welsh Marches, and are recognisable by their enthusiastic love of sausages.

Martyn Owen added: “it might seem strange to have a dragon theme to a weekend at a steam railway, but you never know what is lurking inside the firebox of some of those engines.”

Other attractions over the weekend at the WHHR include a children’s book signing by the popular author Alan Cliff from Rhyl, known for his series of books on Jack the Station Cat, a dragon hunt around the engine sheds and a family hog roast on the Saturday (27th August) from 15:00.

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