Day Out With Thomas

Date: 17th to 19th Aug -


Thomas visits the Dean Forest Railway again in 2018 on 26th-28th May and 17th-19th August.

Pre-booking for our May event has now closed, but tickets will be available to purchase on arrival.

Tickets for our August Event are available here.

Thomas @DFR from nutshell on Vimeo.

Sir Topham says "Your ticket covers the whole day and there is nothing else to pay!"

Doors open at 9:30 and as long as Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller is able to wake up Thomas, we can start a fun packed day (Its very difficult to keep a young engine like Thomas under control!)

But will Sir Topham be able to keep control?

There is so much to see and do, and Sir Topham insists that it’s all included in your great value ticket - there's nothing else to pay!

Activities include:

  • Unlimited travel on the steam train to Parkend.
  • Story-telling trip all the way to Lydney Junction in Daisy the Diesel
  • Rides in Toad the brake van pulled by Thomas - Look out for Sir Topham Hatt!  You might even get a trip behind Diesel too!
  • Devious Diesel and the Troublesome Trucks will be providing entertainment.
  • Face painting, Bouncy Castles and Competition Quiz with prizes.
  • The Imagination Station – with colouring pages, story telling, table-top toys and regular magic shows.
  • Day Out With Thomas Certificate for all children riding behind Thomas.

Please note: Thomas does not pull passenger trains as he is involved in giving visitors rides at Norchard Station in Toad, the guard's Brakevan.

Norchard Station opens at 9:30 and closes at approximately 17:30.

We regret that dogs (except Guide Dogs) are not permitted at this event.

(exact details of entertainment subject to availability and change - see Service Disclaimer*)

'Sir Topham Hatt, the Fat Controller' will keep 'Thomas', 'Troublesome Trucks' and devious 'Diesel's' shunting in order! Thomas says he always enjoys visiting the Dean Forest Railway and he will be up to his usual tricks this year and is looking forward to meeting you on the platform at Norchard station. If you are really good he will give you a ride in 'Toad' the brakevan.


As well as brake van rides on Thomas, your tickets cover you for unlimited travel on the big steam train and Daisy the Diesel.

Steam train rides are running from Norchard to Parkend, where you can visit the Imagination Station.

Steam trains will depart Norchard at 10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00, 15:00 and 16:15. Departures from Parkend to return to Norchard will be at 10:35, 11:35, 12:35, 13:35, 14:35, 15:35 and 16:45.



Daisy the Diesel will be running down the line from Norchard Station for popular story-telling trips to Lydney Junction. Daisy returns to Norchard so you can catch a steam train or ride behind Thomas in Toad the Brakevan at Norchard.

Daisy sets off for Lydney Junction at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30 and 15:30.

If you are coming to see Thomas and travelling to Lydney on the big railway from Gloucester or Newport directions, catch trains to Norchard from our Lydney Junction station which is close to the main line station. Departures from Lydney Junction are at 10:55, 11:55, 12:55, 13:55, 14:55 and 15:55.

Three rides and a host of activities all included in the one entrance price. Nothing more to pay!!

*Service Disclaimer:
The Dean Forest Railway Company Limited strives to offer the services and facilities offered as advertised, but cannot be accountable for unforeseen circumstances.
We reserve the right to alter or cancel services and facilities advertised and accept no responsibility as a consequence of any changes.


Ticket Prices





†A booking fee applies when purchasing tickets online.




Day Out With Thomas may be subject to special conditions applying on the day.

No concessions or discounts apply on 'Day Out With Thomas'.

Please note that entry to the event at Norchard is by ticket only

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