The Uke Express 2019 - Pickering - A Steam Train & Uke Weekend, 20-21 September
The Uke Express returns to Pickering on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of September, 2019. We have a private steam train charter just for our ukulele party - to sing and strum our way to Whitby and back. Six years after our first Uke Express, we have made a few changes that passengers have been asking for.
PRIVATE CHARTER TRAIN - Nobody else on the train but us!
LONGER IN WHITBY- We’ll have approximately 3 hours (exact times subject to railway timetables, coming soon)
EARLIER IN THE YEAR - In the hope of better weather!
CAMPERVAN BERTHS - Available at the gig venue
Our chartered train travels on the beautiful NYMR heritage railway, running from the pretty town of Pickering to the seaside at Whitby and back. We only sell 80% of the train’s capacity so groups can sit together easily. The return train trip is £45, including ticket and songbook.
As a classic engine steams away on Saturday lunchtime, it'll pull our train through beautiful scenery as the ukes are strummed and our voices join together in songs from our provided songbook, and any other music you want to bring on board. Get a cuppa from the buffet car to keep you singing all the way to the lovely port of Whitby, where you'll have ample time for shopping, seeing the sights, and most importantly, fish and chips! On the way back to Pickering, why not try a local real ale or two from the buffet car to keep you in good voice!
In addition, we have some fantastic entertainment at the Pickering Recreation Club to make a real weekend of it! The club capacity is less than the train, so if you’d like to participate in one or both evening sessions, please book early!
Friday Night Big Strum, Open Mic and Fun Night - We'll lead you through the songbook for a session playing together, then hand over to some brave open mic performers, plus surprise extra entertainment, which will feature the multi-talented Tim Smithies of Dead Mans Uke! Cost - £7
Saturday Night Double-Header Concert - Hosted by The League of Ukulele Gentlemen, who will perform a set, followed by the UK debut of the AMAZING Ukuleleboboys. If you’ve never seen the pair perform, they are amazingly energetic guys from France who perform classic pop and rock tunes. Bring your dancing shoes! Cost - £12
Campervan Berths - We have limited numbers of camper van berths available at the Pickering recreation club. The cost is £20, including Friday and Saturday night. There is no power but a toilet and shower block is available. Facilities are basic, as they’re normally used as a football changing room.
Take a look at the Ukuleleboboys performing Kashmir on this video - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGAdhEsv8rg
Please note - physical tickets and songbooks do not get posted until nearer the event (early September). If you book, you'll get a confirmation e-mail - that means everything is in order!
Click 'additional info' for a video from a previous event.