Generally every 3rd Sunday, however please check the event calendar for updates.



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There is no better time to experience MOTAT than at one of our regular MOTAT Live Days!

See MOTATs operational collection come to life every third Sunday of the month* from 10am – 5.00pm with a great range of family activities included as part of your normal MOTAT admission.

This July we are highlighting our collection in steam on top of all the usual Live Day experiences. MOTATs historic beam engine will be operating on this day at our Great North Road site.

We will have the MOTAT steam roller and traction engine operating at M2 along with a great range of visiting steam engines and model steam engines.

Special Steam Activations: 


Wallis & Steevens roller (10am - 4pm)    

John Fowler  traction steam engine (10am - 4pm)             

Traction engines (10am - 4pm)  

Model engines (10am - 4pm)


Beam engine (exact times tbc)

Portable steam engine operating 11am - 4pm


MOTAT 1 Live visitor activities include:

  • Double Decker ‘Big Ben’ tram (1pm - 4pm)
  • Steam Tram operating (12pm - 4pm)
  • Lolly making demonstrations (11am - 3pm)
  • Printshop open (10am - 4pm)
  • Road Transport workshop (10am – 2:30pm)
  • Tram workshops (10am - 2:30pm)
  • Blacksmith working in the Forge (11am - 4pm)
  • Pumphouse boiler operating (10am - 4pm)


MOTAT 2 Live visitor activities include:

  • Steam train rides 11am - 4pm  
  • Military Vehicle experience 11am – 4pm
  • Aviation Workshop 10am – 2:30pm

Live activities are weather and operational dependent and any change in activities will be advised on the homepage of our website.

There is so much to experience at MOTAT every Third Sunday of the month so make MOTAT Live an essential day out for the whole family.

*Dates subject to change. Please check the MOTAT Event Calendar for dates.



  • MOTAT Live Third Sunday of the Month

  • MOTAT Live Third Sunday of the Month

  • MOTAT Live Third Sunday of the Month

  • MOTAT Live Third Sunday of the Month