Easter Vintage Festival – Fri 30th March to Mon 2nd April 2018

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 on Friday and Saturday.

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 £6 per person.

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Easter Vintage Festival


We regret there will be no trade/craft stalls at Loughborough this year.

Quorn & Woodhouse


  • Steam rollers
  • Traction engines
  • Steam lorries
  • Showman's engines
  • Miniature steam engines
  • Gallopers
  • Big Wheel
  • Howard's train rides
  • Commercial vintage vehicles and classic cars

Real ale bar
This will open 11 am daily until 11 pm (Friday), 11 pm (Saturday), 6 pm (Sunday), 5 pm (Monday)
This will be our usual mini-beer festival featuring a selection of real ales from Nottingham Brewery, Dukeries, Magpie, Heritage, Maypole, Batemans, Scribblers and Full Mash, together with cask ciders and wines.

Live music in the real ale tent:
Friday 30th The ever popular Roosters are back from 7.30pm onwards

Saturday 31st Harris Cool Jazz, first time visitors, Saxophone and keyboard duet from 7.30pm onwards


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 -providing traditional organ music throughout the event

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

Opening times:

The event starts at 10:00 - 18:00 each day with the first train on Friday and Monday departing from Loughborough at 09:45 and Saturday and Sunday 09:30




Friday and Monday 30th March and 2nd April

Saturday and Sunday 31st March and 1st April


30th MARCH & 2nd APRIL, 10;30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00 & 16:30

31st MARCH & 1st APRIL, 10:20, 12:00, 14:00 & 15:30



All tickets include unlimited rail travel, except where shown
Family Ticket:
£40 (2 adults & up to 3 children, all day runabout)
£30 (1 adult and up to 3 children, all day runabout)
Adult: £17 (all day runabout)
Senior/concession: £16
 (all day runabout)
Child (15 and under): £9 (all day runabout)

Child (under 5): Free
Entrance to the festival at Quorn (no train ride): £6pp

1. Entrance tickets to Quorn for the festival alone (not including travel) are priced at £6pp – if you hand your ticket in when booking a travel ticket this £6 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) - £10 and £6 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


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.

** Update 31st March: We regret that due to significant rainfall and flooding the car park at Quorn is now closed for this event **

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.

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