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The Chester Christmas Cracker


Saturday 25 November 2017

header2-300x129UPDATE: THIS TOUR IS NOW STEAM-HAULED THROUGHOUT.

Christmas begins here!  A great day out featuring 60163 ‘Tornado’ hard at work on the West Coast Main Line, an afternoon break in the medieval city of Chester and a festive Christmas Market all combine to bring you a really memorable day.

Our outward route is via the main line through Tamworth and Stafford to Crewe, reaching Chester at lunchtime. A frequent shuttle bus links the station forecourt with the city centre. No other city encapsulates the ‘feel’ of Old England quite so well as Chester, with its truly splendid black and white timbered buildings (‘The Rows’) and the famous Eastgate Clock. Chester Castle and Military Museum are a short walk away, along the city walls.

Next to Chester’s ancient cathedral you will find Chester’s magical Christmas Market, with over seventy traditional wooden chalets huddled around a sparkling Christmas tree. There will be an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including quality local and regional products, crafts, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts and stocking fillers, which are sure to make the perfect present.

Don’t forget to sample the delicious hot food and drink, including tasty mulled wine, local ales and hot chocolate from the Real Ale Bar; the perfect way to keep warm whilst enjoying the market.

We will have a break of over three hours in Chester. With ‘Tornado’ still in charge we return via our outward route, now steam-hauled all the way back to London!

This tour is promoted by The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust with UK Railtours acting as ticket agents. All profits will go towards keeping Tornado on the main line in future years.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepartArrive
London Euston08.0021.20
Watford Junction08.3020.50
Milton Keynes Central09.0020.15
Northampton09.2019.50