The Lincoln Christmas Market, otherwise known as the Lindum Fayre, is one of the largest events of its kind in Europe.
To visit the Fayre is a truly unforgettable experience and we shall take you there in style, in the comfort of a special train hauled by Princess Coronation class steam locomotive No. 46233 “Duchess of Sutherland”. What a day you will have! With Christmas only a few weeks away this really is a very special trip, and not to be missed.
Our day out begins when we steam out of London King’s Cross Station at around 09:00 and head north down the East Coast Main Line (ECML). We stop at Potters Bar, Stevenage and Peterborough to pick up more passengers.
Leaving Peterborough and its famous cathedral behind, we take the former Great Northern Railway (GNR) line towards Grimsby at Werrington Junction and head across the fertile flatlands to Spalding. Here we join the Great Northern & Great Eastern Joint Railway line to Sleaford. We continue through a part of rural Lincolnshire famous for its potato farms. On this line the former Nocton and Dunston Railway Station was the centre of the Nocton Estates Light Railway, a narrow gauge railway system which conveyed the potato crop from the fields to the standard gauge railhead.
Approaching Lincoln we notice that the city is dominated by its spectacular Cathedral. The Lindum Fayre is spread across the enthralling Cathedral quarter of Lincoln, within the courtyard of the 12th century castle and along the medieval cobbled streets of the city. There are around 280 stalls selling everything from crafts and books to locally produced cheeses, meats and festive foods – delicious delicacies to tempt you. The traders dress in period costume, there is traditional fairground entertainment, a fantastic festive atmosphere, and all that is needed for those special Christmas gifts. It is easy to see why the Lindum Fayre is so special, and popular.
All too soon it will be time to return to the station for our train back to London. We shall be steam hauled by “Duchess of Sutherland” and return from Lincoln by way of Newark and the East Coast Main Line. After a stiff climb up through Grantham to Stoke Tunnel we descend Stoke Bank, where “Mallard” achieved 126 miles per hour which still stands as the world record for steam. We stop to set down passengers at the same stations as on the outward journey and arrive in King’s Cross Station at around 21:30.
Look out for Father Christmas and his Elves who will be visiting the train during the day and handing out presents to all children on board. Please let us know your child’s age when booking.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)
Approximate timings shown
|London King's Cross||09:00||21:30|