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Saturday 1st August 2020 Didcot Parkway Station, Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NJ

A NIGHT WITH NO LIGHT at Didcot Railway Centre

Unlike our normal visits to Didcot Railway Centre this one will see us all over the site with social distancing using just the moon as our light. An evening that offers masses of potential atmosphere.


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About this event

We are pleased to offer you another evening at the Centre using only natural moonlight as our main light source. This event has been greatly successful in the past and we are offering a reduced price to celebrate getting back on track with running events. This evening will push the boundaries of what modern cameras are capable of with long exposures and high ISO's. Tripods at the ready and time to explore the site you will be amazed at just what is possible on a night with no light....
Our historic re-enactors will also add a great element to the scene!

This time we are planning to run the event in early August when the moon is almost full, and with a smaller group than normal to ensure that social distancing can be followed. The centre offers a huge outdoor space so there will be plenty of room for photographers and tripods.

Our evening will start at around 19:30- 20.00 and run until approx 23:00 but we will keep the end time flexible. We will be meeting outside the cafe near the engine shed. Unfortunately, due to the current situation it is likely the cafe will be closed so we would recommend bringing your own food and drink provisions, but we will confirm this before the evening. After our usual brief we will head out to start our photography. We are planning a number of  outside set pieces for you around the site, down on the Branch and under the coal stage. The engine shed will be open, but we will not officially be using it, however attendees are welcome to photograph in there if they wish. We will be actively encouraging you to find your own cameos as Didcot Railway Centre offers so much for the photographer with a keen eye and an interest in industrial heritage. You will not be disappointed with what you will find to capture. Couple to this the atmosphere of a Victorian Railway Depot, period dressed re-enactors, smoke machines, plenty of time to be creative, and of course the Moon and we think you will come away with some wonderful images.

The shed has stood on the site for around a hundred years and during itís time has seen many residents from the Great Western Railway to British Railway before passing into the ownership of the current custodians, the Great Western Society. During its time little has changed and to this day it still holds so much of its original fixtures and fittings. The shed is not only a Mecca for railway enthusiasts but is also a huge draw for any photographer that wants to record history and make images that will impress and push the boundaries of any industrial scene.

With such a vast site to cover we feel this event will offer a very relaxed environment to work in and plenty of time to be creative. That said we are limiting the evening to 25 photographers to ensure comfortable surroundings and easy use of tripods and social distancing. We therefore recommend booking early to avoid disappointment, given how popular previous events at the Centre have been.

We are not enforcing the use of face masks and gloves on our events but would encourage anyone who would like to wear them to do so. We recommend that you do bring a small bottle of hand sanitiser and follow the government guidelines at all times. Our aim is to create a photography experience that is both safe and enjoyable and will have you coming home with great photographs and memories.

If you would like to book for the evening event as well as the day event then head to our combined event that we are offering a discounted rate for: Combined event bookings

Currently all of our events will run in line with our Covid-19 policy that follows government guidelines. You can find our Covid-19 policy information page here.

Images are for illustrative purposes only.                

Event requirements


  • Spare batteries
  • Camera
  • Lense cloths
  • Lenses
  • Camera protection - rain covers etc

Other things you should bring

  • Flask of hot drink
  • Snacks


  • All levels welcome


  • Low

Other essentials

  • Sturdy outdoor shoes
  • Torch
  • Warm clothing
  • Wet weather gear

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