Special Events in 2018

As well as our regular steam and diesel train service, and connecting heritage buses, we have lots of great events lined up for 2018. Dates of all our planned events are below. 

Look out for four great character visits as Peppa Pig and GeorgeThe Gruffalo and Chase and Marshall from Paw Patrol (this time joined by Skye and Rubble) make return visits together with Owlette and Gecko coming to see us for the first time.

We are also planning our usual enthusiast events with our Spring and Autumn Diesel Galas and our Steam Gala together with a bigger and better LT Weekend all hopefully featuring visiting engines.

Our Real Ale Festival will of course be back and we plan to offer a number of Real Ale Trains on selected weekends.

We also have our popular Easter Egg Hunt, and family and Victorian weekends.

Keep an eye on the website and our social media pages for updates about these, and other great family and enthusiast events!

Check the website before each event for further details. 

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February

10, 11, 14, 17, 18 - Kids for a Quid

Child fares just £1. Further details here.  

18 - Bus Event

The first of a number of bus events planned for this year. Further details to be announced. 

 

March

30, 31 - Easter Egg Hunt

Join Bertie Bunny for the longest Easter Egg hunt in Essex. Further details here

 

April

1, 2 - Easter Egg Hunt

Join Bertie Bunny for the longest Easter Egg hunt in Essex. Further details here

28, 29 - Spring Diesel Gala

Diesel Locomotives at North Weald

The first of our events for enthusiasts when the home fleet of diesels, hopefully with a visitor or two, get to tackle our challenging gradients. Further details to be announced. 

28 - Evening Real Ale Train

 

May

5, 6 - PJ Masks

The first of our Character events for children, sees Oweltte and Gecko pay us a visit for the first time. Further details to be announced. 

12, 13 - London Transport Weekend, including bus rally

The Railway has a long association with the Underground and London Transport stemming from its time as a part of the Central Line. This weekend is a celebration of all things London Transport. An intensive train service, hopefully featuring visiting locomotives, with a London Transport theme. A bus rally will also take place as part of the event. Further details to be announced. 

27, 28 - Peppa Pig & George visit

Our second character visit, sees the ever popular Peppa Pig and George make another visit. Further details to be announced. 

 

June

8, 9, 10 - Steam Gala

An event for the steam enthusiasts. An intensive steam only event featuring visiting locomotives. Further details to be announced. 

9 - Evening Real Ale Train

16 - Evening Murder Mystery Dining Train - A fete worse than death

The first of two evening Murder Mystery dining trains. Further details here

17 - Fathers Day Classic Car Show

The first of two one day classic car shows. Not just for Fathers! Anyone who loves steam and diesel locomotives and buses will have a great day with us too. We are expecting an eclectic mix of some 70 classic, sports cars and other vehicles on our field at North Weald Station. 

Standard fares apply today - there is no additional charge to view or talk with the proud owners of these fantastic vehicles.

Further details for owners who wish to attend can be found here.

 

30 June, 1 July - Victorian Weekend

Victorian Weekend

Join us for some Victorian fun and antics designed to ever so slightly take you back to the golden age of Queen Victoria!

Mr David Oxley brings the Palace of Curiosities back to the Epping Ongar Railway - come to marvel at the Marcus Island Mermaid and other delights from around the world.

Victorian characters will also be around to add to the atmosphere alongside steam workings throughout. Come dressed in Victorian costume for a significant discount on your fares!

 

July

20, 21, 22 - Real Ale Weekend

The Real Ale Weekend returns. The event has grown over the years and we expect this trend to continue - expect more beers, more trains and more fun in 2018! Further details as our plans emerge. 

 

August

4, 5 - Chase, Marshall, Rubble and Skye from PAW Patrol visit

The third of our character visits sees Chase and Marshall return. This year they are joined by Skye and Rubble too! Making appearances throughout the day, come and join us for a great day out on the Railway.

10 - Evening Real Ale Train

11, 12 - Vintage Steam Rally

A wonderful collection of steam traction engines big and small - an excellent mid-Summer day out. Steam and Diesel train services too!

18, 19 - Family Fun Day

New for 2018! Featuring a Magic Show, Disco, Facepainters, Balloon Modelling, a treasure hunt and hopefully more besides. Our regular steam and diesel train services will also be operating. An event for the whole family! Further details to be announced. 

26,27 The Gruffalo

Rounding off our character visits for 2018, the Gruffalo has found his way to the Epping Ongar Railway and will be making appearances throughout the day. Take the steam train into the deep dark wood and get up close and personal with a selection of owls.

 

September

2 - Classic Car Rally

Classic Car Rally

The second of our car rallys which will see a wide selection of vintage cars on display.

Further details for owners who wish to attend can be found here.

8 - Evening Murder Mystery Dining Train - Murder at De'ath place

The second of two evening Murder Mystery dining trains. Further details here

9 - Bus Rally

A day for the bus enthusiast. Further details closer to the event, but expect a selection of heritage buses on former London Transport routes in the area. Of course our steam and diesel trains and regular 339 bus service will be running too!

15, 16 - Autumn Diesel Gala

The last of our events for enthusiasts when the home fleet of diesels, hopefully with a visitor or two, get to tackle our challenging gradients. Further details to be announced. 

15 - Evening Real Ale Train

 

October

26, 27, 28 - Steam and Scream with our Hallowe'en special trains

Steam and Scream Halloween Specials

Steam and Scream on the ever popular Ghost Train. Tickets on sale later in 2018. 

December

1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 24 - Santa Specials

Our popular Santa Specials are back again this year. Tickets will be on sale later in 2018. 

27, 28, 29, 30 - Mince Pie Specials

Have a post-christmas wind down with our Mince Pie specials. Steam and diesel train service in operation with mince pies available too!