29th, 30th March, 1st, 5th, 6th April 2024

The Mad Hatter's Tea Party

*** Pre-Booking Essential ***

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.

Discover enchanting Easter events in the Staffordshire Moorlands at the Churnet Valley Railway, featuring a whimsical trip to Wonderland! Brought to you by the team behind the hugely successful Polar Express Train Ride, this Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea promises a magical experience for all.

Immerse yourself in Lewis Carroll's beloved book series as you join beloved characters for a thrilling tea party. Encounter the Queen of Hearts, the Mad Hatter, and more. Don't miss the chance to dress up and be part of the Wonderland stories brought to life.

Enjoy a unique Alice in Wonderland Afternoon Tea experience, complete with entertainment, meet and greet opportunities, and photos with Wonderland's inhabitants. Indulge in royal treats and a delightful cup of tea (or juice for the little ones) while being entertained by the characters.

Capture the magic with pre-show meet and greet sessions and photo opportunities on the platform. A face painter is also ready to give you a curious transformation, adding to the Easter holiday excitement.

The one-hour train ride takes you on a round trip with non-stop entertainment. There's no better way to celebrate Easter than by joining the Mad Hatter's tea party on Churnet Valley Railway.

Dates & Times 2024 *

Date Departing Times
29/03/2024 10:30, 12:30, 14:30
30/03/2024 10:30, 12:30, 14:30
01/04/2024 10:30, 12:30, 14:30
05/04/2024 10:30, 12:30, 14:30
06/04/2024 10:30, 12:30, 14:30

* All Trains Depart Froghall


Aged 14+ £22.00
Child Ticket Aged 3 - 13 £15.00
Child Under 2 Ticket Aged 2 & under £7.50


  • Froghall Station ST10 2HA

Contact us

01538 360522


Q: Which characters are at the event?
A: We have the Mad Hatter, March Hare, the White Rabbit, the Queen of Hearts, and of course Alice herself on the train.
Q: Who receives the cake and drink?
A: Everyone will receive their own box and drink. NB Allergies can only be catered for if notified in advance.
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 will visit each carriage where they will perform and interact with guests. There will also be photo opportunities (weather permitting) on the platform upon our return to Froghall.
Q: Do We Need To Buy A Ticket For A Baby?
A: We charge a reduced price of £7.50 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.
Mad Hatters Tea Party