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 George, The Gruffalo and Chase and Marshall from PAW Patrol (this time joined by Skye and Rubble) make return visits together with Owlette and Gekko 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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10, 11, 14, 17, 18 - Kids for a Quid
Child fares just £1. Further details here.
18 - “Everything has doors” Bus Event
The first of a number of bus events planned for this year is a celebration of One Person Operation (“OPO”) buses. All buses at this event will have doors - no open platforms in sight - including those operating our normal 339 service between North Weald and Epping Underground station.
It is a running day and we will be operating trips from North Weald to a variety of destinations, recreating former routes that ran in the area.
Further details can be found on our dedicated event page.
30, 31 March, 1, 2 April - Easter Egg Hunt
Join Bertie Bunny for the longest Easter Egg hunt in Essex. Further details here.
28, 29 - Spring Diesel Gala
The first of our events for enthusiasts when the home fleet of diesels, and a visitor or two including class 08 locomotives 08738 and 08939, get to tackle our challenging gradients. See our dedicated event page for more information.
28 - Evening Real Ale Train
Running as part of our Diesel Gala is an evening Real Ale Train. We plan to have a selection of local real ales and 2 ciders available, bottled ales together with bar snacks, onboard the train in the Flag and Whistle Bar. Train fare just £10! Further details on our dedicated page.
5, 6 - PJ Masks Visit
The first of our Character events for children, sees Owlette, Catboy and Gekko pay us a visit for the first time. The super heroes will be making personal appearances at intervals on each day. See our dedicated page for more details.
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. See the cheeky little piggies at intervals on each day. Further details to be announced.
8, 9, 10 - Steam Gala
An event for the steam enthusiasts. An intensive steam only event featuring visiting locomotives. USATC S160 Class 5197 announced as the first visitor! Keep an eye on our dedicated page for more details.
9 - Evening Real Ale Train
Running as part of our Steam Gala is an evening Real Ale Train. We plan to have a selection of local real ales and 2 ciders available, bottled ales together with bar snacks, onboard the train in the Flag and Whistle Bar. Further details on our dedicated page.
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
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!
All services steam hauled. Further details on our dedicated event page.
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 on our dedcated event page as our plans emerge.
4, 5 - Chase, Marshall, Rubble and Skye from PAW Patrol Visit
The third of our character visits sees Chase and Marshall return and this year they are joined by Skye and Rubble too! See Chase & Skye on Saturday 4th followed by Marshall & Rubble on Sunday 5th. The heroic pups will be appearing at intervals on both days.
10 - Evening Real Ale Train with steam
An evening of real ale on board the Flag and Whistle bar carriage, travelling through the Essex countryside. Hauled by a steam locomotive.
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 Visits
Rounding off our character visits for 2018, The Gruffalo is making his way to the Epping Ongar Railway to meet children at intervals on each day. Take the steam train into the deep dark wood and get up close and personal with a selection of owls too.
2 - 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
26, 27, 28 - Steam and Scream with our Hallowe'en special trains
Steam and Scream on the ever popular Ghost Train. Tickets on sale later in 2018.
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!