Back to School Family Event – Sat 24th to Mon 26th August 2019

Events are a great way to get your whole family excited about books and reading - whether it's a fun festival, a celebration day, a theatre show or a big award.

That is why we have chosen 2 very memorable books to explore at our very first Back to School event.  With the help from The Hungry Caterpillar and Baby Bear sit back, relax and let them take you back to when you were a child.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the best-selling book which tells the story of a ravenous caterpillar eating its way through the week was first published in June 1969 and has since been translated into 62 languages.

Whatever Next! is the second Bear family adventure following the bestselling Peace at Last. Join Baby Bear as he finds a rocket, makes friends with an owl and has a picnic on the moon! A beautiful story of innocence and imagination, full of Jill Murphy's characteristic warmth and humour.

Local author/illustrator, Rachel Greaves’ will be performing some of the stories in her series of children’s books about an Airedale Terrier called Ruffle and his adventures on a steam railway.  The stories combine Rachel’s love of Airedales with the English/Drama teacher’s knowledge of the GCR. Charming illustrations bring the mischievous Ruffle’s antics to life in books that are being enjoyed by children and adults alike!

We also have Jon returning with Tula the Barn Owl, Sidney the Corn Snake, Pepper the Netherlands Dwarf Rabbit not forgetting Bonnie and Rocky the Bearded Dragons ......... and not forgetting we also have our friendly clown on board the train to entertain you while you travel through the Leicestershire countryside.

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The Hungry Caterpillar story time - times to follow

DVD showing

Food Tasting



Whatever Next – Story telling - times to follow

Junk Modelling

Tin Shed – Tuck Shop

Animal Corner – Animals for Parties

Face Painting (small charge applies)



Ruffle the Rail Dog – Story and puppets - times to follow

Mini Fun fair (small charge applies)



Here you can watch the locomotive run-round the train.

Onslaught – GCR Mascot

Childrens activity corner

Your Train Journey

Start and finish your journey at any one of our 4 stations and hop on and off along the way all day long!
Enjoy a 16 mile return trip behind a steam engine

Join any of our trains at any of our four stations, for a fun packed day for all the family.





Our timetable for 26th August 2019 is below:


TICKET INFORMATION - Platform and Yard passes at all stations (exc Leicester North and Rothley) available (£7pp)

Family Ticket: £38 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
£30 (1 adult & up to 3 children)
Adult: £18
Children: £9 (aged 3-16 inclusive)
Under 3s: Free of charge
Showground Entry (Quorn)
Entry with a full ticket - or purchase of a Yard/Platform Pass for Quorn and Loughborough
Return, single short hop tickets available between stations after 3.30pm where normal fares apply
Normal discounts apply for members of Friends of Great Central Main Line to buy Privilege rate tickets.
*Members of Friends of the GCML are entitled to the normal privilege fares upon production of membership card.
*HRA - pass holders can travel at priv rates.
*Working members of other heritage railways with whom GCR has reciprocal arrangements for reduced fares, will be eligible for Privilege fares upon production of valid working membership cards.
Same arrangements apply as above for holders of ex British Rail and Train operating Company passes.



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.

Quorn:LE12 8AG.  This is GCR's main car park.

Rothley:LE7 7LD. There is very limited free car parking in the station yard due to the children's funfair and the designated disabled area.

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

All locomotives and attractions appear subject to availability, GCR reserve the right to cancel or amend any service.

Passengers are conveyed by the Company's trains in accordance with the Company's "Conditions of Carriage" (as shown on this website).


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