GCRN, Ruddington’s local heritage railway, is gearing up for its final events of the year, kicking off with the annual Firework Spectacular on Saturday 9 November. The event has become increasingly popular over the last few years and now features connecting railway services for people who’d like to enjoy travelling from Rushcliffe Halt on the evening.
Held at the GCRN site at Rushcliffe Country Park, the Firework Spectacular opens its doors at 5:30pm, with the firework display starting at 7:30pm. There’s fun for all the family throughout the evening, with funfair rides, candy stalls, hot food, a chocolate fountain and a licensed bar on offer. The miniature railway will also be open for rides, and the crowds will be entertained by live music before and after the fireworks.
Discounted advance tickets can be bought online at www.gcrn.co.uk, with full-price tickets available on the night.
At the end of November, Santa Claus will be making his seasonal return to GCRN, with Santa Special train services running every weekend from Saturday 30 November through to Sunday 22 December. A brand new Christmas Eve service is also set to be launched (subject to confirmation), featuring a traditional brass band, hot chestnuts and fairground rides for the kids.
All steam-hauled, the Santa Special services will take a festive trip through the wintry countryside accompanied by Santa, who’ll be handing out gifts to all the children. Sweets and drinks will also be on offer, along with seasonal refreshments for the grown-ups.
Pre-booking for the Santa Special is essential, so please visit www.gcrn.co.uk to download the special Santa leaflet for full timetable, ticketing and booking details.
By Faye Stenson