The Worcester Christmas Fayre

Thursday 28th November 2019

Prices from: £119

Why not join us for a classic day out by steam train that combines exciting main line running, varied landscapes, and the special atmosphere of Worcester at Christmas time?

Departure Date: 28-Nov-2019
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The Worcester Christmas Fayre will be steam hauled from Norwich to Worcester by A4 class Pacific steam locomotive No.60009 Union of South Africa and from Worcester as far as Peterborough on the return. The Fayre will have a Victorian theme providing a great festive atmosphere.

Our day out begins early in the morning when we leave Norwich Station, hauled by 60009 Union of South Africa, and cross the Trowse swing bridge over the River Wensum. We stop to pick up more passengers at Wymondham, a beautifully kept rural Norfolk station,Attleborough, Thetford and Brandon. Approaching Ely we take the avoiding line that curves very sharply round onto the Peterborough line. We stop at March for further passengers, before continuing to Peterborough.

We now follow the cross country line through Stamford, a town of outstanding architectural and historic interest that is of national importance. The town has over 600 listed buildings, more than half of the total for the County of Lincolnshire. We continue westwards and pass Rutland Water towards Oakham, the small county town of Rutland. Entering Leicestershire we stop at Melton Mowbray, our final pick up point, which is famous for its pork pies and head for Leicester. We follow the main line to London St Pancras for a while as far as Wigston Junction, where we branch off on the Nuneaton and Birmingham line.

Crossing the West Coast main line, we now head towards Birmingham, although we will bypass the city by means of the Camp Hill line to Bromsgrove. Here, we leave the main line to Bristol and run via Droitwich to Worcester, where there will be time to visit the Christmas Fayre in the city centre.

With over 200 stalls, the Fayre will have a Victorian theme, with traders in period costume. Apart from the locally made produce and craft, there will be the traditional food markets where you can sample home made cooking, along with the many bars and food stalls. Street entertainment will also feature throughout the day, which will complement the historic nature of the city of Worcester, with the Cathedral as its centrepoint.

After servicing and turning our steam locomotive, we will make our way back to our earlier calling points to set down passengers. We will be diesel hauled from Peterborough on the return leg back to Norwich.

Mulled wine and mince pies will be served to the first and standard class passengers on board.

Train Fares

Fares Adult Junior Family
Premier £269 £181 £809
First £169 £110 £503
Standard £119 £84 £364

Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.

First Class includes morning coffee with a muffin, afternoon tea and coffee with a cake and a biscuit.

Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.

Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).

A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.

Train Timings

Approximate timings shown

Station Outward Return
Norwich 06:55 23:55
Wymondham 07:15 23:40
Attleborough 07:30 23:30
Thetford 07:50 23:10
Brandon 08:00 23:00
March 08:50 22:10
Peterborough 09:35 21:45
Melton Mowbray 10:20 20:40
Worcester 14:30 17:10