National Lottery Open Week: Historic Railway Pullman Camping Coaches take centre-stage

To say thank you for the £30m raised for good causes every week by players, The National Lottery is offering free entry and special offers at a range of National Lottery funded venues across the UK as part of The National Lottery Open Week (19-27 March) - including overnight stays at the newly restored Pullman Camping Coaches at Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.

The historically important Camping Coaches have been lovingly brought back to life thanks to National Lottery funding of £250,000. Now unique self-catering accommodation, they are located within two UNESCO World Heritage sites, overlooking the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway in the Western Lake District.

Many original features have been uncovered and sympathetically restored, from the ‘Pullman Car No.137’ plaque in the lounge, to the beautiful marquetry that has been delicately repaired and now adorns the walls.

Head of Marketing and Business Development at Lake District Estates, Rachel Bell, said: It’s fantastic to be taking part in The National Lottery Open Week this year – and very timely, as English Tourism Week is running at the same time too!

“We’ve been fortunate to receive National Lottery funding, which has enabled us to transform two 1917 Pullman Camping Coaches into unique self-catering accommodation.

These coaches are of national historical importance and a vital part of Cumbria’s railway story – and wider heritage. Their unrivalled location in not just one, but two, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, really does create an unforgettable experience for visitors.

She added: “This offer is our way of saying thank you to everyone who has bought a National Lottery ticket, helped us on our journey and made a vital contribution to supporting good causes.”

The special offer includes 10% off a three night overnight stay in Elmira or Maid of Kent Camping Coaches.The price also includes 50% off standard travel tickets on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway for the duration of the stay, on scheduled services.

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Darren Henley OBE, Chief Executive of Arts Council England and Chair of the National Lottery Forum commented: “The National Lottery Open Week is a fantastic opportunity for hundreds of venues and projects across the UK to say thanks to players who raise £30 million each week for Good Causes.

“The UK is world-renowned for its rich and vibrant culture, and with so many incredible sites across sport, heritage, film, community and the arts sectors taking part in Open Week this year, National Lottery players are spoilt for choice when it comes to a great day out.”

To discover more participating venues, insider tips and how to redeem offers for The National Lottery Open Week

Terms and conditions and booking instructions across special offers will vary, check the individual offer listing for details. 


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About The National Lottery 

  • The National Lottery raises more than £30 million for Good Causes every week and includes the funding of many iconic venues, historical landmarks and other amazing days out across the UK
  • Since The National Lottery’s first draw took place on 19 November 1994, more than £43 billion has been raised for Good Causes, with 635,000 individual grants being awarded in the areas of arts, sport, community and heritage.
  • For more information, please visit https://www.lotterygoodcauses....