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Private Events
Parties, Meetings and Train Hire
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In addition to its advertised public services, most facilities at the Railway are available for private hire. This page outlines a few ideas that have already proved popular. Please get in touch to discuss any particular requirements.

Children's Birthday Parties
These are extremely popular, and can involve train rides. Maximum number is usually 30, as this is the maximum for one section of the carriage. It is also possible to hire both sections, however. If the weather is good there is a grassed area with picnic tables just outside the carriage.
    The hire charge for one section of the carriage is £90 for the day. It will be available from 11am (other times by special arrangement) for decorating and setting up tables, with a finish at 4pm.
    Train rides are available for children and parents (usually between 11 am and 4 pm on weekend days). Please see our Events Page for the prices applying on a particular day, keeping in mind that Special Events may involve a premium. Or a special train may be hired for the event (see above).
    The final numbers can be agreed on the day. A bouncy castle is available for the "under 12s" for a hire of £60.
Party costs. We will discuss your requirements in advance to establish numbers etc. This allows us to agree a price. This is usually payable in advance, although we can agree a deposit.
.     Depending on the above, we may require a 100 bond against the possibilities of breakages or damage. This is fully refundable if no incidents occur. All payments may be made by cheque or card.


Outdoor Events

Bar-B-Q
A self-catering Bar-B-Q is available in the picnic area for parties.


Driving Experience
A separate page on this web site described Driving Experience. It may be possible to pre-arrange for individuals from a private party to receive a spell of Driving Experience during their visit. Please discuss this with us in advance, and note that pre-booking is essentail and that only adults can take part.

Anniversary Dinners, Receptions, Birthday Parties, Meetings, etc.
A former Norwegian Railways coach has been converted into a static restaurant with pleasant views over the fields. This coach is divided into two sections, each seating approximately 30 people at open-plan tables and chairs. These can be arranged to suit the occasion. For a meeting or AGM, for example, the tables can be removed and seats laid out, with tea/coffee and biscuits provided. We are fully licensed with bar facilities available.
The coach decorated for a 50th Anniversary celebration.

Anniversaries, Parties, etc.
Various catering options are available, including buffets and snacks. Prices depend upon requirements and numbers, and start at £12:50 per head for buffets. Estimates/quotations are available from the Catering Manager. Train rides can be arranged during normal service operation (usually between 11 am and 4 pm on weekend days). Please see our Events Page for the prices applying on a particular day, keeping in mind that Special Events may involve a premium. Or a special train may be hired for the event (see above).

Train Hire
A train may be hired for a day, a half-day, or for an evening event at times when the Railway is not normally open (see Events page for normal opening times). Steam or diesel haulage, or a diesel multiple unit, may be used, depending on requirements.
   All costs will be fully discussed at the time of booking. Prices are available on application for specially-hired steam or diesel trains.
   Train Hire will usually include access to the locomotive shed and restoration centre.
   It is sometimes possible for small parties to visit together, or at different times on the same day. This can enable costs to be shared, especially for steam locomotive haulage.



Contact

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Weddings
Click here for information about Weddings at the Railway


Schools Visits
Click here for information about private weekday educational visits by schools


buffet
Part of the buffet provided for an evening event at the railway.


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