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Churnet Valley Railway

Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
+44 1538 758491
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Santa train extraordinaire

Every year we try a new Santa Special and this one didn’t disappoint. All the staff wear Dickensian... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Manama, Bahrain
via mobile

went fathers day special ..... fantastical experience .... what a great bit of history being kept... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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The Churnet Valley Railway, is a picturesque heritage Steam Railway that runs through Staffordshire’s Little Switzerland, the Churnet Valley. It meanders alongside the Caldon Canal and the River Churnet for a delightful nostalgic 11 mile return journey. Kingsley & Froghall Station has ample parking and disabled access and is home to the award winning traditional Tea Room plus the railways Souvenir Shop, both of which are open on running days. Consall Station has no public road access making it very quiet and isolated in its situation beside the weir on River Churnet where the canal splits from the river. Nearby are the Lime Kilns and the Black Lion Public House. At Cheddleton Station you can visit the Railway’s Engine Sheds and its small Railway Artifacts Museum. Trains run most Sundays from February to October, and full weekends from Easter as well as Wednesdays from June to September. Additional services run on all Bank Holiday Mondays and school holidays.
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Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
Kingsley & Froghall Station, Froghall, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 2HA, England
+44 1538 758491
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Every year we try a new Santa Special and this one didn’t disappoint. All the staff wear Dickensian clothes and create a really friendly atmosphere. Santa was authentic and jolly and the children all had good gifts. Mince pies, sherry (for the big kids), chocolate...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went fathers day special ..... fantastical experience .... what a great bit of history being kept alive ...... i most certainly will be going again .... DISABLED access we found no problems and my daughter is in a wheelchair ..... would i recommend most definitely

Thank erko676
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This year was our third trip on the Santa Train and my 6 year old daughter loves it. We went as a family of six (Five adults and and 1 child) and we booked as first class compartment. The station is decorated for Christmas, there...More

1  Thank Sally W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a great day out here, the kids loved it and especially the Santa train, they can't wait to go back, I thought it was inexpensive too.

Thank Dave R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first experience of the Santa and Steam with our 2 year old daughter. We all had a fab time, super friendly staff, our daughter had never been on a train before and loved the whole experience. She was excited to see Santa...More

Thank belflj
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to the Santa special for a number of years. Both our children love it, they get a chocolate, a drink and a good quality present appropriate for their age. Adults get a mince pie and a glass of sherry. Always well...More

Thank Walkers31
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited on a snowy day and loved every minute. Volunteers couldn’t do enough. We had two very young children, yet they still made a fuss of them and the atmosphere was brilliant. The sherry and mince pies were a lovely touch, and the information provided...More

Thank charliehenton929
Reviewed 10 December 2017 via mobile

Brillant. The effort made by all at Churnet Valley was brillant. Information regarding roads was clear and true. All members of staff very welcoming and made the day another day for the kids to remember. Thank you to all at Churnet Valley.

1  Thank michaelmB7415HC
Reviewed 26 October 2017

This was a gift from my wife through a third party called "Into the Blue" and they passed us onto the railway. It was billed as being 1.5 hours in length. Booking the experience with the railway direct required lots of forward planning because we...More

1  Thank Philip W
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

We were really looking forward to this, we visited while our son was in Alton Towers (not our thing) The description on the website was a long way from reality, first of all I must give credit to the staff as they are all volunteers...More

3  Thank David M
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Response from Thomas B | Reviewed this property |
Hi Julie I didn't go for lunch so I am not sure . Sorry regrads
Cynthia K
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Response from Jon5987 | Reviewed this property |
Need to check the CVR website for Public Opening Dates, but generally it's weekend and Bank Holidays with Wednesdays during school holidays. First train about 11am (earlier during selected events), you did need to make your... More