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.

Click here to buy tickets online

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Loughborough

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

Quorn & Woodhouse

Over 20 steam traction engines and miniatures including:

Thistledown, Jingling Geordie, Lord Elpus, Lady Bethany to name a few
Other exhibits include: Renown and engines from the Welland Valley Club alongside our regulars!

Vintage commercial vehicles, cars and tractors

On display throughout the weekend will be the GCR's very own 45 ton steam crane.

Ever been inside a TPO coach? RVP will be showing you around their 1937 Gresley TPO from 10.00am each day.


Real ale bar
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This will open 11 am daily until 11 pm (Friday), 9 pm (Saturday), 6 pm (Sunday), 5 pm (Monday)
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.
Expected beers include: Magpie Best 4.2% abv, Goff's White Knight 4.7%, Goff's Spring Ale 4.5%, Maypole Vienna Gold 4.4%, Heritage Victoria 3.8%, Mr Grundy Red Baron 4.2%, Batemans Salem Porter 4.7%, HB Clark Hopping Mad 4.0%, H B Clark English Pale Ale 4.0%, Scribblers Hoppy Potter 4.2% and several from the Nottingham Brewery range.
Ciders from Bottle Kicking and Broad Oak.
Live music in the real ale tent:
Friday Evening: ROOSTERS are back for their traditional Good Friday Night concert, doors open 6.30pm, £5.00 entry fee

Saturday Evening: A gentle evening of quite live music from The Tuckwood, grab a table, good music and good company, free entry.

Sunday Evening: A new duo, guitar and saxophone, to entertain us, come and check them out, free entry

Monday Afternoon: The Enderby Youth Brass Band, 12.30 onwards

Renown

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

Sunday Morning 11.00am - We will be holding a 10 Second Whistle Blow to celebrate the life of young John Tomlinson.
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.

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TIMETABLES

Easter - Friday and Monday timetable

Easter - Saturday and Sunday timetable

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

NB:
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

CAR PARKING:

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.

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