Easter Vintage Festival – Fri 10th to Mon 13th April 2020

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 Sunday.

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This year we will have the largest collection of steam traction engines, road rollers, steam lorries and miniatures ever on the yard with over 20 engines, including a Steam Car.

  • Gallopers
  • Big Wheel
  • Howard's train rides
  • Commercial vintage vehicles, classic cars and motor bikes
  • Tractors
  • Living vans
  • Real Ale Bar open throughout
  • Live Music Friday and Sunday evening

Programme of Events

Show opens at 10.00am each day until 18.00pm except Monday closing at 16.00pm

Our vintage fair, Gallopers, Big Wheel and Howards Train Rides will be open from 10.00am each day, closing at 17.30pm on Friday, 16.00pm on Saturday, 17.30pm on Sunday and 16.00pm Monday, don't forget to visit Rothley station for the mini fun fair, charges for rides apply.

Friday, engines and exhibits arriving throughout the morning. For the evening we look forward to live music from The Roosters from 19.30pm onward's, free entry with travel or yard entry ticket or £5.00 on the door.

Saturday 16.00pm the engines, tractors etc. will go on their Annual Road Run through the village of Quorn, turning down Chaveny Road turning left at the mini roundabout in the centre of the village and back along Leicester Road with a pit stop at the Quorndon Fox.

Sunday at 12.00pm we have our Memorial Whistle for absent friends. In the evening we look forward to Dr Buster performing from 19.30pm onward's, free entry with travel or yard entry ticket or £5.00 on the door.

Monday just join us for a relaxing day soaking up the atmosphere of steam on the track and steam on the yard!!

The Tin Shed Real Ale Bar will be open throughout, opening at 11.00am each morning, closing at 23.00pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night and 17.00pm on Monday. There will be a selection of guest ales, Nottingham Brewery ales, ciders, prosecco, wine and soft drinks available throughout.

Nottingham Brewery

Raleway Ale 4.3%

Rock Mild 3.8%

Extra Pale Ale 4.2%

Rock Bitter 3.8%

Legend Bitter 4.0%

Foundry Mild 4.7%

Guest Ales

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Our runabout tickets include unlimited rail travel, except where shown:
Adult: £18
Child (3-16): £9
Family Ticket (2 Adults and up to 3 Children): £40
Family Ticket (1 Adult and up to 3 Children): £30
Entrance to the festival at Quorn only (no train ride): £9

1. Entrance tickets to Quorn for the festival alone (not including travel) are priced at £9pp – if you hand your ticket in when booking a travel ticket this £9 will be deducted.
2. Purchase of a rail ticket gives 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


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We have two steam locomotives and one diesel loco in action each day during the Easter Vintage Festival. Our diesel railcar is also operating on Saturday and Sunday.

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.

On-street parking in the immediate vicinity of Quorn station is subject to Council operated parking restrictions. Car parking is available in the field car park next to Quorn & Woodhouse station at £3.00 per vehicle. 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.

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).

Our next running day

Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday
Chase and Skye from PAW Patrol are visiting the GCR this week.

One steam locomotive and our diesel railcar will be operating.

Our trains are operating normally this week and the railway is not currently affected by flooding.
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