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Didcot Railway Centre

Didcot Oxfordshire England
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Staff and volunteers at Didcot Railway Centre are working hard to prepare for a very special visitor when the Covid-secure site is able to re-open in December. Father Christmas himself will be at the popular tourist attraction on weekends from 5 – 20 December plus Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23.

Visitors will be able to take a ride on a vintage train, with a private compartment for each group, to a specially decorated Victorian station where they can meet Santa who is letting his reindeer take a rest ahead of Christmas Eve. Instead, he will be on a special train full of presents and will have a gift for every child, helpers to entertain the family and has arranged a second steam train to take visitors (and their presents) on a festive journey, ready to explore the rest of the 21-acre living museum.

There are seasonal refreshments to enjoy as visitors explore original 1932 GWR Engine Shed. Here, they can see more restored locomotives, access the footplate of some engines and meet Eddie the Engine Driver who will be telling festive tales of the railways at Christmas time. The refreshments are all included in the ticket price and come in the shape of mince pies and mulled wine/non-alcoholic punch which will be served to adults, while for children there's gingerbread and hot chocolate – with marshmallows of course!

Head of Visitor Experience & Marketing, Graham Hukins said "After a challenging year, we are determined to keep the magic of Christmas alive at the Centre. The experience we have gained operating in a Covid secure way from July to October will be invaluable and we have a Lockdown Guarantee that assures visitors of a free transfer to an alternative date or a refund should national or local restrictions mean we have to cancel any day to comply with Government guidelines.

"Of course, we are continuing to limit the number of people on site to keep everyone safe, so we expect tickets to sell out fast," he added.

Full details and bookings can be found on the Centre's website


19 October 2020

Didcot Railway Centre has been awarded £184,939 as part of the Government's £1.57 billion Culture Recovery Fund (CRF) to help face the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and to ensure the 21-acre living museum has a sustainable future, the Culture Secretary has announced.



15 June 2020

Didcot Railway Centre has announced it is to re-open to visitors from Saturday 4 July. The 21-acre open air site is implementing a series of measures to allow visitors to be welcomed safely, including limiting numbers and requiring tickets to be booked in advance for specific arrival times.

Initially, Open-Air Discovery Days will run on weekends and Wednesdays to allow visitors to explore the extensive outside spaces at the living museum with special outdoor displays and photo opportunities including historic steam engines, goods trains and a locomotive on the turntable.

The Centre's iconic Engine Shed dating from 1932 will also be available to visitors wishing to get close the collection of preserved locomotives and even climb onto the footplate of Hall Class engine No. 5900 "Hinderton Hall". Chief Executive, Emma Jhita said, "The safety and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff is paramount and we adapted our site to allow us to re-open and provide the reassurance that visitors need.

"There are one-way systems for the locomotive cab visit and through the carriage and wagon display area; socially-distanced waiting areas for some of the facilities such as the museum, toilets and gift shop; while our catering offer will restart as a take-away offer." she added.

Social distancing considerations mean that the a small number of indoor facilities where space is very confined (such as the original air-raid shelter) will remain closed initially but visitors will be able to see the towering coal stage; a carriage that was once in the Great Western Railway's Royal Train; surviving track from Brunel's broad gauge railway; beautiful, recreated stations; more than 20 preserved locomotives; dozens of wagons – many design for specific types of goods; and many other exhibits that represent almost 200 years of railway history.

Head of Visitor Experience, Graham Hukins said "Re-opening will be gradual, safe and in line with government guidance but there is plenty to discover and we're making use of the whole 21-acre site to ensure there is plenty of room for visitors to relax and enjoy a gentle stroll as they explore.

"Tickets for the Open-Air Discovery Days will also be valid for a second visit on one of our popular Steam Days when it is possible to resume running trains and re-open further facilities. Following almost four months of enforced closure, we expect these days to be popular." he added.


Further information about the Centre can be found at


Saint locomotive 299 and a vintage train at Didcot Railway CentreDidcot Railway Centre's unique Great Western Railway "Saint" Class locomotive has received a highly commended accolade in the prestigious Museums + Heritage Awards 2020 placing it in the top three restoration and conservation projects nationally.

The locomotive, No. 2999 'Lady of Legend', is a recreation of an iconic type of Great Western steam engine last seen in 1953 when the last of the original examples was scrapped. The £825,000 project was undertaken by a team of dedicated volunteers and took almost 24 years to complete with 2999 taking to the tracks in 2019.

To celebrate, the 2999 will be in steam and working passenger trains on Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 October as part of the Centre's series of Autumn Steam Days. Visitor numbers are strictly limited and tickets must be booked in advance at The "Saints" were the blueprint on which the GWR based their designs for the first half of the 20th century. Examples of subsequent developments can be seen alongside 'Lady of Legend' at Didcot which houses the most extensive collection of locomotives from one railway company anywhere in the world.

Chief Executive, Emma Jhita, said, "This is wonderful news, a real tribute to the hard work and enthusiasm of the team here at Didcot. It is particularly rewarding to be recognised nationally, especially as we're not a conventional museum or gallery."


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Upton House and Gardens

Banbury Oxfordshire England
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Kelmscott Manor

Lechdale Gloucestershire England
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The Manor will be closing at the end of August 2019 for National Lottery Heritage Funded restoration and improvement works. This will start in October and will proceed throughout 2020. We plan to reopen in May 2021 which will be the 150th anniversary of William Morris coming to Kelmscott Manor for the first time.


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Stonor House & Park

Henley-on-Thams Oxfordshire England
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Stonor Park has been home to the Stonor family for over 850 years. 

 The warm brick facade and Georgian windows conceal medieval buildings dating back to the 12th Century, inside are many original architectural features including the 14th Century Catholic chapel and 12th Century medieval hall which today is the Pantry serving delicious snacks and light lunches. Visitors can view family portraits, old master paintings, artefacts and collections from around the world. Including a small exhibition celebrating the life and work of St Edmund Campion who sought refuge at Stonor during the reformation.

Nestled in a Chiltern valley with stunning views of the fallow deer park full of wild life including buzzards and red kites, visitors can walk through to the 17th Century gardens and terraces and view fountains flowing into the lily ponds.

The latest edition to Stonor is Wonder Woods a stunning adventure play park for our younger visitors.

Stonor Park is host to many exciting events throughout the year from vintage fairs, food festivals to a magnificent fair and house decorated for the festive season.

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Hook Norton Brewery Visitor Centre

Hook Norton Oxfordshire England
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Our brewery tours allow our visitors to experience first hand the sights, sounds and smells of brewing beer the Hooky way. Brewery tours start from the Visitors Centre and last approx 2 hours, progress around the brewery where you'll see our original steam engine , learn about our history and how we make our range of delicious beers . After a tour of the stables, if they are in residence you'll be able to see our lovely Shire Horses who still deliver beer to our local pubs in the traditional way. Upon completion of the tour, it's into our Barm Cellar bar for a beer tasting.


We run our brewery tours 7 days a week.
Monday to Friday: 11.00am and 2.00pm
Saturday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm 14.30pm Sunday: 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 13.30pm
Cost: £15.00 per person PLEASE NOTE: It is essential that you book a brewery tour before arriving.



Cost : £15.00 per person.
These are a unique way to experience the brewery and are available year round for a minimum group size of 10 people. Payable in advance. Minimum age 18 yrs


Sensible footwear is highly recommended. Regrettably, the Brewery itself is not suitable for people with walking difficulties or children under the age of 12 (this includes babes in arms) as there are many steep stairs to negotiate; the Visitor Centre, Brewery Shop and Museum, however, are easily accessible for both. Please note, the Brewery is a nut free and no smoking site. School educational parties are very welcome as are other groups or clubs. Please contact us on 01608 730384 or email:  to discuss your requirements.


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