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A Festive Day Out With Thomas

Weekends 30 Nov - 22 Dec

Peep peep! Join Thomas & Friends for a day of family fun at Didcot Railway Centre. Take a steam train ride to meet Father Christmas in a wonderfully decorated festive station; ride in a train of vintage carriages pulled by Thomas himself; see The Fat Controller as he keeps a close eye on proceedings and say hello to Sodor Station Sweepers, Rusty and Dusty!



• Meet Father Christmas in his grotto - there's a wrapped present for every child

• Unlimited train rides behind Thomas

• Ride on another steam train
• Meet The Fat Controller and ask him to sign your Junior Engineer Certificate!

• Watch re-enactments of classic Thomas stories with The Fat Controller
• Entertainment from Rusty and Dusty
• Other Thomas & Friends-themed activities

• Balloon modellers


Gates open at 9.30am and the fun continues until 3.30pm - you will need to reserve a time for your train ride to meet Father Christmas but you can arrive anytime from 9.30am and stay as long as you wish!


Booking Details

A Festive Day Out With Thomas runs on the following dates:

  • Saturday 30 November - Sunday 1 December
  • Saturday 7 - Sunday 8 December
  • Saturday 14 - Sunday 15 December
  • Saturday 21 - Sunday 22 December

Admission prices, which include rides on the trains and other activities are:

  • Adult - £16.00  
  • Child aged 1-15 (includes a present from Father Christmas) - £16.00
  • 60+ - £15.00  

Special admission offers including child free, money off, 2 for 1 and Tesco Clubcard vouchers may not be used for 'Day Out With Thomas' events.

Great Western Society Members will be charged:

  • Adult - £5.00  
  • Child aged 1-15 (includes a present from Father Christmas) - £16.00
  • 60+ - £5.00

GWS members should book directly with the Railway Centre Office, as these tickets are not available online.

Family membership cannot be purchased in lieu of admission fee on Day Out With Thomas days.

The last scheduled steam train run to Father Christmas' grotto is at 3pm on each day of operation and you should arrive at the Railway Centre by 2:30pm to ensure you are on the platform in good time.

Buggy Parks are provided by the entrance to both train rides and outside the restaurant. The entrance to the Railway Centre is through the ticket hall and original steam age subway of Didcot Parkway railway station and includes a flight of 18 steps.

Wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility should consult our Accessibilty Page.

Dogs (except assistance dogs) are not permitted at Day Out With Thomas days. Further Terms and Conditions regarding the event can be found on MATTEL website.

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