Easter Vintage Festival – Fri 14th to Mon 17th April 2017

All aboard for Great Central Railway's Easter Vintage Festival! Get ready to step back in time to a country fayre at Quorn & Woodhouse station. There's gallopers and a big wheel, traction engines, craft stalls, vintage cars, commercials and tractors. There's also a real ale tent with live music everyday.

Online booking is available for runabout tickets which include both entry to the event and unlimited travel on the chosen day, and 'event only' tickets for access to the event in Quorn yard are available £5 per person.

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Have you a vehicle or engine you would like to exhibit, please contact Michael.stokes@gcrailway.co.uk


Trade and craft stalls. Come and browse through a variety of craft and trade stands.

Quorn & Woodhouse

Large steam traction engine display including:

Thistledown and Fiery Elias (from the Reverend Teddy Boston's Cadeby Light Railway)
Other exhibits include: Renown and engines from the Welland Valley Club alongside our regulars!

Quorn Yard Easter Vintage Festival 4-4-15 (3)

Vintage commercial vehicles, cars and tractors
Real ale bar

This will be our usual mini-beer festival featuring a selection from fifteen real ales, including GCR's specially brewed, Raleway Ale from Nottingham Brewery, together with cask ciders and wines.
Live music in the real ale tent:
More details to follow.

Steam Gallopers, Big Wheel and Howard's Circular Train Rides. Take a trip down memory lane and ride on everyone's favourite fairground rides (not included in ticket price).
Trade & craft stalls - there'll be a variety of stalls, so browse at your leisure
1898, 87 key Gavioli fairground organ & 1902 Tom Smith's 98 key Gavioli organ -providing traditional organ music throughout the event
Locomotives – There’ll be an intensive timetable
Sunday afternoon road run at 4pm - witness a spectacle guaranteed to delight all! There will be a village traction engine road run through Quorn which will stop off at The Quorndon Fox pub
Butler Henderson Cafe - open from 9am every day and will be serving refreshments from breakfast baps, teas and coffees, through to delicious homemade cakes


At Rothley

Children's funfair - there will be a selection of traditional and modern children's fairground rides (not included in ticket price)
Ellis's tearoom - open for hot and cold refreshments and delicious cakes

At Leicester North (Greenacres)
Platform Café - open from 10am to 4pm
Opening times: The event starts at 10am - 6pm each day with the first train departing from Loughborough at 10.00am.


Timetables to be announced.

Fares: all tickets include unlimited rail travel, except where shown
Family Ticket:
£35 (2 adults & up to 3 children, all day runabout)
£25 (1 adult and up to 3 children, all day runabout)
Adult: £16 (all day runabout)
Senior/concession: £14
(all day runabout)
Child (15 and under): £9 (all day runabout)

Child (under 5): Free
Entrance to the festival at Quorn (no train ride): £5pp

1. Entrance tickets to Quorn for the festival alone (not including travel) are priced at £5pp – if you hand your ticket in when booking a travel ticket this £5 will be deducted
2. Purchase of a rail ticket guarantees free entry into Quorn festival
3. Return, single and short hop tickets will not be available, except after 3.00pm when they will become available at the normal rates.
4. Normal discounted fares apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line (Valid membership cards must be shown) - £9 and £5 for adults and children, respectively.
5. HRA passes are suspended for this event.
6. Members of other heritage railways with whom GCR has reciprocal arrangements for reduced fares, will be
eligible for Privilege fares.
7. Same arrangements apply as in 6. above for holders of ex British Rail and Train Operating Company passes.
8. Platform tickets at Loughborough £3

NOTE: Gala programmes are available for £1 (while stocks last)


Loughborough: LE11 1RW. On street parking is available but the surrounding roads will be busy. Many double yellow lines have been added to roads in the area, so parking is increasingly scarce, and neighbouring residents don't always welcome extra vehicles!

Quorn: LE12 8AG. This is GCR's main car parking area. A charge of £3 per car per day will apply (except for disabled, see below) for parking in the neighbouring field. If approaching the station from the A6 or Quorn village, the field is immediately on the left hand side after crossing the bridge over the GCR line. On-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Quorn station is subject to Council operated parking restrictions. Entrance to the event will be via the station steps or the weighbridge at the bottom of the drive. To buy train tickets or admission to the yard from this station on the days of the event, please use the booking office or the weighbridge entrance.

Rothley: LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard due to the children's funfair. Also, on-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Rothley station is very limited with Council operated parking restrictions.

Leicester North: LE4 3BR. There is limited free car parking on the immediate approach to the station.

DISABLED CAR PARKING: The station yard at Quorn will be available for blue badge holders only. To reserve your space, please email marketing@gcrailway.co.uk with your name, vehicle registration details and badge number.

Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website). All train services, locomotives, exhibits and other attractions appear subject to availability and are subject to change without prior notice.

More information to follow...


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