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.

Specially decorated trains will be running through the scenic Staffordshire countryside. Once on board you can enjoy a range of themed treats as you discover a tea party that will delight all the family.

Much–loved characters Alice, the Mad Hatter and the White Rabbit will be strolling through the train to talk to all the children, parents and grandparents. You can relax with a drink while the children enjoy a soft drink followed by a selection of delicious cakes. But don't get too comfortable as the Queen of Hearts is out on her Royal Train to inspect her subjects so behave or it will be "Off with your head".

With colouring and face painting you will look the part too!

Begin your journey from our Froghall or Cheddleton stations where you can enjoy hot and cold food from our Signals Tea Room, or gifts from Signals Souvenirs at Froghall. Ample free parking is available at both stations.

With the court face painter who will be sure to make a fool out of you there is plenty to do off the train as well. Don't forget the station clown who will be sure to help you celebrate your un–birthday.

What better way to enjoy Easter than visiting the Churnet Valley Railway for the Mad Hatter's Tea Party!

The train trip lasts approximately 1 hour. Passengers can only leave the train from their originating station, where there will be activities to take part in both before and after your booked journey.

Dates & Times

DateDeparting Times
11/04/2011:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30
12/04/2011:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30
13/04/2011:00, 11:45, 12:30, 13:15, 14:00, 14:45, 15:30


Child Ticket Aged 3 - 15£13.00
Child Under 2 Ticket Aged 2 & under£5.50


  • Froghall Station ST10 2HA
  • Cheddleton Station ST13 7EE

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01538 758491

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Q: Which characters are at the event?

A: We have the Mad Hatter, Alice, the White Rabbit and the Queen of hearts on the train.

Q: Who receives the cake and drink?

A: Everyone will receive their own cake and drink while sat at their table.

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: Each of the characters will make their way around the train and visit everyone in their seat.

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