Lots of things for Children to do at the GWR

Throughout 2017 we have many special events for children. These include:

  • 13th and 14th May - Cotswold Bricks and Trains Weekend. Organised by the Southern Lego Train Club. This will be a great opportunity for you to experience the thrill of building models out of small bricks. We have arranged for a 2 day display of models from all around the country - of all shapes and sizes - there will be lots to see and do. There will be a small entry charge to this display.


  • 24th and 25th June - Day Out With Thomas. Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends visit the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Please note that entry to the site will be by ticket only. There is no free entry.


  • 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th August - Teddy Bear Tuesdays. Ride the Teddy Bear railcar special and join the Teddy Bears at Winchcombe Station. Bring your own favourite Teddy Bear. Normal prices apply.


  • 23rd and 24th September - Day Out With Thomas. Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends are back at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. Please note that entry to the site will be by ticket only. There is no free entry.


  • 28th October - Halloween 'Steam and Scream' Special. Get ready for Hallowe'en and join the 'Spooky Specials' throughout the day at either Cheltenham Racecourse or Toddington Station. Come dressed for the occasion. Normal ticket prices apply.


  • 2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 24th December - Santa Specials. Two great ways to visit Santa: either from Cheltenham Race Course by steam train all the way to Winchcombe (or the North Pole!) through the long tunnel, and visit Santa and his elves in his grotto; or from Toddington Station by an early 1960's diesel rail car with Santa and his young elves on board the train, spending lots of time sitting with each family.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is the perfect place for children to spend the day. There are lots of things to do in addition to the special events happening through the year.


It's a full day out! Throughout the year, we run at least two different trains every day. This means children Father and Daughtercan delight in the thrill of a heritage steam train and on the same day travel - perhaps sitting behind the driver - in one of our 1960's diesel rail cars. Two different experiences - all for the price of one rover ticket.


There are toys for sale at our two Gift Shops at Toddington and Cheltenham Race Course Railway Stations and why not visit the Flag and Whistle Cafe at Toddington Station or the Coffee Pot Tea Room at Winchcombe Station for a refreshing hot or cold drink and something to eat. Or indeed have something on the steam train from our buffet car.


As part of the day out, ask for a copy of our free children's quiz at the station booking office when you buy your tickets and even buy a genuine I-Spy book of our railway in the shop or on the train.


On a nice day, bring your own picnic to eat at one of our picnic tables.


As an added bonus, all children under 5 years of age travel free and our standard children's rover ticket is only £7. Which means that, for very little money, children can have a complete day out at the railway.


The Toddington Narrow Gauge Railway runs on certain days - at extra cost - click here for more details.


And there is a model railway at Winchcombe station which is open most weekends and special event dates. It will be open all three days of the Cotswold Festival of Steam (27th, 28th, 29th May).


For June it will be open on the following days: 


Saturday 3rd June

Sunday 4th June 

Monday 5th June (Times to be Confirmed)

Saturday 10th June 

Sunday 11th June 

Tuesday 13th June

Saturday 17th June

Sunday 18th June (Later opening around 11:30)

Saturday 24th June 

Sunday 25th June 

Tuesday 27th June


The GWR also welcomes school groups of all sizes and all ages. We can provide fantastic learning experiences for children from reception classes through to those studying for their GCSE exams. Click here for more information about school group visits.