The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

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Easter Steam Train Afternoon Tea (Staffordshire, Midlands) – Mad Hatters Tea Party

Tumble down the rabbit hole and discover the Mad Hatter's Tea Party at the Churnet Valley Railway this Easter.

What's included?

Looking for Easter events in Staffordshire? Look no further than Churnet Valley Railway, where our delightfully whimsical trip to Wonderland awaits you- brought to you by the same team as the hugely successful Polar Express Train Ride.

Why not dress up as you join the most beloved characters from Wonderland for a truly thrilling tea party? The stories you know and love from Lewis Carroll’s beloved book series will come to life before your eyes. Meet the Queen and Knave of Hearts – make sure they don’t find Alice, or it might be “off with her head”! Be prepared to answer the riddles the characters ask you – solving it is the way to get Alice, and all of you, home from Wonderland.

Tweedle-Dee and Tweedle-Dum will entertain with dancing, comedy and mischief, whilst Alice finds her journey through the train getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’ as the White Rabbit tells her about Wonderland – as well as continually lamenting his lateness of course.

This is an Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea like no other. You’ll become a part of the show as you are fully immersed in the stories of Wonderland, told by beloved characters including the Mad Hatter and March Hare, whilst guided by the invisible Cheshire Cat and her friend the Dormouse.

Be treated like royalty as you are served some royal treats (in the form of delicious cakes) and, of course, tea (along with juice for the little ones!) whilst being entertained.

There will be meet and greet and photo opportunities with all of Wonderland’s inhabitants on the platform before the show, so make sure to keep your phones close at hand to capture the magic of Wonderland on your children's faces.

With entertainment throughout the trip and even a face painter* ready to give you a curious transformation, there is no better way to enhance your Easter holidays than joining the Mad Hatter's tea party.

The train ride lasts approximately 1 hour. Passengers will be taken on a round trip with no opportunity to leave the train before returning to the starting destination.

* face painter subject to availability

Dates & Times 2023 *

DateDeparting Times
07/04/2310:30, 12:30, 14:30
08/04/2310:30, 12:30, 14:30
09/04/2310:30, 12:30, 14:30
10/04/2310:30, 12:30, 14:30

* All Trains Depart Froghall


Child Ticket Aged 3 - 15£15.00
Child Under 2 Ticket Aged 2 & under£7.50


  • Froghall Station ST10 2HA

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01538 360522

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Q: Which characters are at the event?

A: We have the Mad Hatter, March Hare, Alice, the White Rabbit, Tweedle Dee, Tweedle Dum, and the Queen and Knave of Hearts on the train.

Q: Who receives the cake and drink?

A: Everyone will receive their own cake and drink.

Q: How Far Away Are You?

  • We are approximately 30-minutes from Stoke-on-Trent
  • We are approximately 30-minutes from Stafford
  • We are approximately 30-minutes from Uttoxeter
  • We are approximately 40-minutes from Congleton
  • We are approximately 50-minutes from Macclesfield
  • We are approximately 55-minutes from Burton-Upon-Trent

Q: Does Everyone See All the Characters?

A: Yes – the characters come into each carriage twice, where they will perform and interact with guests.

Q: Do We Need To Buy A Ticket For A Baby?

A: We charge a reduced price of £5.50 for all children aged 0 – 2 years old. Those children who wish to have juice and cake can do so.

Q: Are All Trains A Steam Hauled?

A: All our services will be hauled by a steam locomotive, subject to availability. A diesel is included in the consist as back up, should a disruption occur during the day.

Q: Is There Heating On The Train?

A: All our trains are steam heated by our steam locomotive, subject to availability. Keeping everyone on board warm no matter the weather outside.

Q: Is it fancy dress?

A: Although it isn’t compulsory, we do encourage fancy dress.

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Mad Hatters Tea Party