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Wartime in the Cotswolds - 28th/29th April 2018



We invite you to join us

Come and visit 2018's nostalgic 1940s weekend at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway. Transport yourself back to September 1940 and imagine you are waiting for a train at a small station on the Great Western Railway. Children are being evacuated to the coast, soldiers are going back to barracks, and aircrew are heading off to airfields in the South and West. "Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile."


Members of the public are encouraged to attend the weekend in British 1940's period dress, either military or civilian. German uniforms will NOT be allowed, especially Nazi and SS uniforms with any form of swastika or insignia. Firearms of any sort, replica or de-activated will NOT be allowed on site unless authorised in advance by the organisers.


Travel on a train between Cheltenham Race Course Station and Broadway on a beautiful heritage railway line, stopping to look at the exhibits and entertainment on offer at Gotherington, Winchcombe and Toddington stations.


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This event gets larger each year with ever increasing numbers of re-enactors attending. 


"King George V1", "General Montgomery" and "Winston Churchill" will all be present throughout the weekend. On Saturday afternoon we are pleased to announce they will deliver speeches in the centre of Winchcombe. A bus will be available to transfer visitors from Winchcombe Station into the centre of the town.


On the Sunday, and new for this year, our three special guests will travel to Broadway village by Rolls Royce with motor cycle escort to deliver speeches on the Green. We are delighted to report that following the opening of the railway extension to Broadway, villagers and local businesses will be  entering into the spirit of the occasion with many of them specially dressing for the occasion. Liz Eyre, District Councillor and Chairman of Wychavon District Council, will greet the King's party on the Sunday afternoon with a welcome speech.There will also be a display of vehicles from the period by the War Memorial. A bus will be available to  transport passengers from the station to the village centre. We also understand there will be  a competition for the best dressed window display.


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What to expect

A light-hearted look at life on a Railway in the West of England during the Battle of Britain in 1940s. As you travel the line, you will be by charmed by Re-Enactors and Entertainers in period costume. At stations there will be vintage vehicle displays, trade stands, music and dancing with a 1940's theme. Have a look at the Picture Gallery showing of some of the  action at our 2017 Wartime in the Cotswolds event.


In addition to a large collection of military vehicles and jeeps, a "Star Attraction" attending this year's Wartime in the Cotswold event will be the Replica Spitfire. It will be positioned in the car park at Toddington Station. This is a unique experience as this Spitfire, EN398, is the only full size replica Spitfire in the world. It is transported by road to events and has a full original cockpit and working Merlin engine. THE MACHINE WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR YOU TO SIT IN, either with the engine running or not. If you wish to do either, the booking information is SHOWN BELOW.  We would strongly advise that if you do want to take up this chance, you book as soon as possible as there is only a limited number of slots available.


To add to the excitement, we will be selling Raffle Tickets for one engine run on each of the two days. The draw will take place at 3 pm on both days for an approximate 4.30pm engine start up. Tickets will be on sale either in or next to the main marquee. However to be sure of being able to sit in the machine, go on line and buy a slot.


To book your turn for the Spitfire Experience you will need to go to and then follow the link to our event. PLEASE NOTE: purchasing a ticket to sit in the Spitfire cockpit does not include admission to the event.


It is even possible that you will see one of Britain's historic world war two wartime aircraft overhead at some time during the weekend (subject to weather conditions and availability).



A special wartime timetable will be in operation on both days. Please note that trains will not stop at Hayles Abbey Halt during this event.



Tickets for the event include all-day-long "rover travel" along the full length of the GWSR, short trips on the narrow gauge railway at Toddington and all entertainment except the Saturday evening dance. On-line sales will close 7 days before the event, sales of daily tickets will be availbe on the day from the stations.


Ticket Types and Prices


Type of Ticket

One Day On the Day

One Day In Advance Online

Two Day in Advance Oneline

Adults £22 £19 £34
Senior (aged 60+) £21 £18 £32
Children (aged 5-15) £11 £10 £18
Family Ticket (2 adults and up to 3 children) £55 £48 £89
  • You can save money and avoid the queues at the booking office on the day by buying your tickets online in advance.
  • Please note a booking fee of £1 will be added to your order when you purchase your Wartime in the Cotswolds tickets on line in advance.
  • TWO DAY TICKETS are ONLY AVAILABLE in ADVANCE and ONLINE. They cannot be purchased on the day.
  • Dogs will be charged at £2.00 each for each day. Tickets for dogs can be purchased in advance on line (see the All Day Rover tickets) or at the booking office on the day.

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Please note that entry to all stations and associated facilities (shops, cafés etc) on the GWSR will be by ticket only. There will be no free site entry.


Visitors will be issued with an ID card, which could be asked for at any time and place - don't forget there is a war on.


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Telephone           01242 621405                     lines open 10:00am - 4:00pm



What's happening where



Located at Toddington will be the main exhibits, the entertainment marquee, traders, WW2 memorabilia, 1940's hair and beauty salon, and narrow gauge railway. Tea dance on Saturday and Sunday 15:00 to 17:30 in the entertainment marquee with Glenn Miller style 1940s tunes played by the Kalamazoo Dance Band. Hot food, drinks and light refreshments will be available at The Flag and Whistle café. The station has modern toilet facilities, with baby changing, and a children's play area.



The GWR shop on the platform will be open with lots of gifts for all ages.  Light refreshments will be available. Modern toilet facilities, with baby changing, are available on the platform.  There is extensive free parking at Cheltenham Race Course Station.



Gotherington Station will be open for this special event by kind permission of Bryan Nicholls. There will be light refreshments on sale and portaloos available. The station is accessible only by GWSR train. 



Although there is no car parking at Winchcombe Station, it will be possible for visitors arriving on foot to buy a ticket and enter the event there. Refreshments will be available at the Coffee Pot café. Our GWR Soup Kitchen will be serving soup of the day, burgers and baps. There will also be an opportunity to buy beers, ciders, wines, crisps etc in the Tin Hat Club on Platform 2. Toilet facilities, with baby changing, are available on Platform 1. Don't forget to visit the RAF plotting room on Platform 1 in the Tim Mitchell Building.



After last year's success Winchcombe Town will again be joining us in this event. There will be a regular bus service to and from Winchcombe Station and the King, Churchill and Monty will be giving rousing speeches in the town square - God Save the King!



A diesel railcar will be operating between Toddington Station and Broadway Station, with a vintage bus service running to the village. It is hoped that the King, Churchill and Monty will visit Broadway Station on Sunday afternoon to deliver speeches. PLEASE NOTE there will be no car parking at Broadway Station, but there are pay and display car parks in the village.


Getting to Wartime in the Cotswolds


By Car

Car Parking is free and is only available at Cheltenham Race Course and Toddington Stations. There is no parking at Broadway, Winchcombe or Gotherington Stations. Special provision will be made to accommodate disabled visitors in our car parks.

Toddington Station is currently the most northerly GWSR station and is the ideal joining point for visitors from the Midlands, being just 15 minutes from Junction 9 of the M5. For “Satnav” users the postcode is GL54 5DT. Parking will be signed in the field off Stow Road on the east side of the train station, with direct access to the booking office and platforms.

Cheltenham Race Course Station is the southern terminus of the GWSR, and is the most convenient joining point for visitors from Cheltenham, Gloucester and the south. The station and car park are within the grounds of the racecourse and are signposted from the roundabout at the main entrance to the racecourse. There is ample free car parking.  The “Satnav” postcode for the race course is GL50 4SH.


Public Transport


Toddington Station

Marchants services from Royal Well in Cheltenham to Toddington roundabout. Call Marchants on 01242 257714.


Cheltenham Race Course Station

Stagecoach services from Cheltenham Spa mainline station and the town centre to the racecourse park and ride stop, which is about ½ mile from our station via a sign-posted walk along the racecourse internal road. Call Stagecoach on 0871 200 2233.


Gotherington Station

Gotherington Station is only accessible by GWSR train.


Winchcombe Station

Marchants services from Cheltenham to Winchcombe and Greet, stopping close to the station. Call Marchants on 01242 257714. There will also be a free Vintage Double Decker Bus service from Winchcombe Station to Winchcombe Town, which is about a mile away.


Broadway Station

  • NN Cresswell Saturday service from Evesham stops close to the station or in the village. Call Cresswell on 01386 48655.
  • Johnsons Saturday Excelbus service from Stratford-upon-Avon stops in the village.Call Johnsons on 01564 797 070.
  • Marchants Coaches Sunday service from Stratford-upon-Avon and weekend services from Cheltenham stop in the village. Call Marchants on 01242 257714.


Opening Times

Broadway, Toddington, Winchcombe, Gotherington and Cheltenham Race Course Stations will be open on Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 to 17:30.



Dogs need a ticket costing £2 each in standard class carriages and compartments. They are not however, allowed in First Class or in the buffet cars, and should not sit on any seats or tables in the carriages.


Saturday Evening Dance

In the Entertainment Marquee  on Saturday 28th April 2018, start time 19:30 to 23:00


Dance the night away to Kal's Jump, Jive and Swing Band

Food and drink at extra cost

Tickets for the dance are £10:00 available on a first-come, first-served basis only through the GWSR web site.

Tickets for the bus to Gotherington and Cheltenham Racecourse Station after the dance will be available from the entertainment marquee on Saturday 28th April. Numbers are limited to 40, first-come, first-served.


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Application Forms



We have now removed nearly all appliction forms (for Re-enactor Camping, Re-enactors, Vehicles and Groups) from the webpage because of the large number of applications already received. We are still taking applications from Traders - see application form below. The Conditions of Entry are still available below for Traders and other applications already approved.


Conditions of Entry


Wartime in the Cotswolds - 28th/29th April 2018