Come and See the Gruffalo30 August

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


Come and See the Gruffalo on 30 August

Every child’s favourite picture book character, the Gruffalo, has found his way to the Epping Ongar Railway.

On Bank Holiday Monday 30 August, take a steam train ride into the deep dark wood and meet the Gruffalo himself who will be appearing at the times below.

It will be a great day out for all the family - especially the younger ones.

Arrangements this year have been modified to ensure the safety of our volunteers and all passengers. Capacity on each train will be limited and advance booking is essential. 

Our resident magician, John, will be on board the train with lots of tricks to keep you entertained during the journey, and there will be other on board activities too.



You can see the Gruffalo on the platform at the following times, before taking a ride on a heritage steam train through the Essex countryside and into the deep dark wood of the historic Epping Forest.

The experience lasts approximately 90 minutes.

All services commence from North Weald station. Car parking will be available; please use postcode CM16 6BT. Do not follow the brown signs to Ongar station. You will not be able to board trains at Ongar. 

Connecting heritage buses will operate from Epping Underground and Shenfield stations. You can download the times of buses here (pdf file, 956kb).


The following great value fares apply. Capacity on each train is limited; advance booking is essential. 

Adult £16; Child £8; 
Exclusive compartment for up to 6 people: £75

Children under 18 months are free - no ticket needed. 

Buy your tickets now, below!


Passengers are asked to arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to the departure of their train. 

All tickets will be scanned electronically on arrival. This can be from a mobile phone or a print out. Please help us by making sure that you have these ready for our volunteers.

Passengers must comply with any government guidance in place on the date of travel. 

These trains are planned to be hauled by a steam locomotive from North Weald to Ongar, and by a diesel locomotive from Ongar to North Weald. Every effort will be made to operate services as advertised but the Epping Ongar Railway reserves the right to substitute diesel traction for steam in unavoidable circumstances. No refunds will be offered in the event that diesel traction is substituted.

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