Special Events

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2015

April

Friday 3 - Monday 6 
Easter Egg Hunt

Easter On The E O R

Come and see if you can find all the Easter Eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden around our Railway. This must be one of the longest Easter Egg Hunts in Essex, stretching over nearly 6 miles of track! Bring your answers to the shop at either North Weald or Ongar to collect your own egg.


Saturday 18 & Sunday 19 

Spring Diesel Gala*

Spring Diesel Gala

Our home diesel fleet will be out in force - hopefully alongside some visitors - tackling our challenging gradients. There'll be opportunities for cab rides throughout the weekend too!

Further details to be announced. Keep up to date with the latest details on our social media pages.


Friday 24 - Sunday 26
150th Anniversary*

This year marks 150 years since the opening of the line between Loughton and Ongar. We'll have visitors in the form of the N2 No.1744, J72 "Joem" and Y7 No.985, creating a great Eastern steam atmosphere, with brake van rides and demonstration freight trains, plus our ever-popular services to the western boundary at Epping!


May

Saturday 2 & Sunday 3

Paddington Visits

Paddington will be visiting the Epping Ongar Railway, so grab your duffle coat and marmalade sandwiches, and join us for lots of family fun, picnics and many more furry friends. Paddington will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day.


June

Friday 5 - Sunday 7
Steam Gala*

Come and experience an exciting weekend of steam locomotive haulage from our home fleet, plus visiting locomotives too.


Saturday 13 & Sunday 14
1940s weekend

Forties Weekend

We go back to the 1940s, with music and dancing, re-enactment groups, vintage vehicles and a range of stalls.

August

31 July - 2 August
Real Ale Festival

An impressive range of cask beers available all weekend, alongside live music. Trains running into the evening on Saturday.


Saturday 8 & Sunday 9
Peppa Pig Visits

Peppa Pig will be making personal appearances at intervals throughout the day. Plus other fun activities for children!

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16
Vintage Vehicle Rally

An interesting selection of steam and other vehicles – large and small – will be on display in addition to our regular steam and diesel services.


Saturday 22 & Sunday 23
Mixed Traction Weekend

Mixed Traffic

An intensive timetable operates all weekend, with most of our steam and diesel locomotives in use - plus a visitor or two!

Friday 29 - Sunday 31
150th Anniversary Celebration & Victorian Bank Holiday Weekend*

A fitting party to celebrate 150 years of the Epping Ongar Railway. We’ll have Victorian themes but we will also be remembering other key periods in the Railway’s 150 year history during our 3 day extravaganza.

September

Sunday 13
Classic Car Rally

Classic Cars

Classic car owners across Essex will be getting all "steamed up" on the Epping Ongar Railway, with up to 50 cars in attendance, from classics to sports cars.


Saturday 19 & Sunday 20
Autumn Diesel Gala*

A great weekend for heritage diesel enthusiasts - plenty of locos in action, including guest locos, with an intensive timetable and beer trains.


October

Friday 30 & Saturday 31
"Steam & Scream!" Halloween Specials*

Our trains will be decorated in true Halloween style. There will be treats for all the kids, a fancy dress competition and great entertainment on board. Be prepared to be scared on this unique full-size Ghost Train. Advanced booking is essential.


December

5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 22, 23 & 24

Santa Specials*

Santa Visits Ongar

Having enjoyed his previous visits, Father Christmas is returning to the EOR this December to help spread festive cheer. Departing North Weald, Santa will travel through the train and present all the good boys and girls with their very own gift. Good mums and dads get a free mince pie and a glass of mulled wine too.

Advanced booking is essential. For more information and booking, please visit our dedicated Santa Specials page.

Sunday 27, Monday 28 & Thursday 31
Mince Pie Specials

Escape the repeats on TV and enjoy a locally produced mince pie. A special gift for every passenger.


January 2016

Saturday 2 - Sunday 3

New Year Gala

What better way to kick off the new year than with a visit to an award winning railway and it's first gala of 2016. To round off the season we’ll be running an intensive timetable, making good use of our steam and diesel home fleet.

Further details to be announced. Keep up to date with the latest details on our social media pages!

Check the website before each event for further details.
Alternatively, follow our social media pages for regular updates.

*Special Fares Apply

We reserve the right to alter or suspend events with little or no advance notice. Any such action will be made clear through our website and social media pages. Advertised attractions are subject to availability.

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