The Gruffalo visits the Epping Ongar Railway26, 27 August

Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo! And he's coming to the Epping Ongar Railway!

The Gruffalo visits

A great day out for all the family - especially the younger ones. Every childs favourite storybook character, The Gruffalo, has found his way to the Epping Ongar Railway. Our train tickets entitle you to unlimted travel on our steam and diesel trains and heritage buses but with the added bonus of additional activities for the Children.

Take a steam train ride into the deep dark wood, meet the owls from the wood, and the Gruffalo himself. 

A wide selection of The Gruffalo merchandise will be available at both of our stations.

Appearance Times

The Gruffalo will be appearing at the following times at North Weald Station

10:30 - 11:10

11:30 - 12:10

12:30 - 13:10

13:30 - 14:10

14:45 - 15:15

All Appearances are at North Weald Station. If you are starting your journey from Ongar Station you must catch a train no later than the 13.35 service.

Owl from the wood

Epping Forest Hawk and Owl Sanctuary will be in attendance and you will be able to get up close and personal with the owls from the wood.

Children's Disco

The well-received Children's Disco will be returning to North Weald - we will have twenty minute sessions of dance, smoke and music aimed specifically at Children.

11:10 - 11:30

12:10 - 12:30

13:10 - 13:30

14:10 - 14:30

15:10 - 15:30


For an additional charge we will have facepainting by Cre8tive Faces from 10.30 to 15.00 at North Weald Station.

Art Workshops

A new collaboration with Richard and Bessie from Active Artists - find them in the marquee or onboard the 1300 train from North Weald and draw your own favourite character from The Gruffalo or anything else that takes your fancy. No extra charges for ths activity.


Our standard timetable will be in operation with steam and diesel trains operating between Ongar, North Weald and the deep dark wood. Details of the timetable, together with connecting buses from Epping Underground and Shenfield stations can be found here.


The following great value fares apply, giving unlimited travel on trains buses all day long. Discounted advance tickets are available using the options below. 

In advance: Adult £15; Child (aged 3 and over) £7; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £38. 
On the day: Adult £16; Child (aged 3 and over) £8; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £41. 
(Children under 3 are free - no ticket needed)

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