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Lappa Valley Steam Railway

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Discover the Magic of Steam at Lappa Valley Steam Railway

From pint-sized engines to special events with popular children’s characters, cute Lappa Valley Steam Railway near Newquay provides the perfect ingredients for a fun family day out. Riding heritage diesel and steam trains between fern-lined stations around a serene wooded valley, kids go wild for the engaging experience while parents will enjoy the passion behind this niche railway attraction.

Here’s everything your family needs to know about a magical day riding the vintage rails at charming Lappa Valley Steam Railway in Cornwall.

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Getting There

Lappa Valley lies around 5 miles south-east of Newquay just off the main A392 St Newlyn East road near Perranporth. Well signed, it has a large free car park making it easily accessible for families by road.

By public transport, Newquay trains and buses drop off 3 miles away in St Newlyn East village.

Opening Times

In peak season, Lappa Valley Steam Railway is open daily from 10.30am to 5pm between late July until early September. During spring and autumn, it opens weekends plus Cornish school holidays:

  • Easter Holidays: Daily operation
  • May Half Term + weekends until July

Check the calendar before visiting as some days are reserved for pre-booked groups.

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Tickets and Prices

A standard family admission ticket granting unlimited steam train rides and full access costs:

  • Adult £15.95
  • Senior £13.95
  • Child (3-16) £13.95
  • Under 3 Free
  • There are several family ticket and annual pass options too

Separate children’s and adults’ rates available. Under 2’s enter free. Annual passes are value for money.

Highlights of a Visit

The heritage steam railway is the star of a day out but other activities families can enjoy include:

  • Gentle 15 minute steam train rides loop around lush Lappa Valley through tranquil woods and pretty streams behind diminutive locomotives.
  • Unlimited mini train rides from Lappa Junction Station with 7.25” gauge locos – big favourites with toddlers!
  • The huge indoor play barn withtubes, swings, slides and elevated obstacles.
  • Outdoor go-karts, crazy golf, treehouse towers and sweaty sock challenges.
  • Falconry displays showcasing the birds of prey at flying demonstrations.

With so much included in entry, it promises engaging value for money.

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Lappa Valley Steam Railway Locomotives

The first enchanting character to greet visitors is “Zebedee,” a charismatic narrow gauge engine that sets the tone for the entire experience. With its vibrant colors and friendly demeanor, Zebedee captures the hearts of both young and old passengers alike. The locomotive’s meticulous restoration reflects the dedication of the Lappa Valley team to preserving the rich history of steam travel.

Moving along the tracks, the journey continues with “Muffin,” a smaller yet equally captivating steam engine. Muffin’s compact size adds a touch of whimsy to the ride, making it a favorite among children. The attention to detail in Muffin’s design showcases the commitment to authenticity at Lappa Valley, ensuring an immersive and authentic steam railway experience.

For those seeking a taste of elegance, “Una” is the epitome of refinement among the Lappa Valley steam engines. This graceful locomotive exudes vintage charm and sophistication. Una’s polished exterior and graceful motion on the tracks make it a standout attraction, embodying the grace and grandeur of steam travel during its heyday.

The star of the show, however, is undoubtedly “Eric,” a powerful locomotive that commands attention with its robust presence. Eric’s commanding stature and commanding whistle contribute to the sense of adventure as it pulls carriages filled with eager passengers. The sight and sound of Eric in action create a thrilling atmosphere, transporting visitors back to an era when steam engines ruled the railways.

Zebedee, Muffin, Una, and Eric each contribute to the magic of this heritage railway, offering visitors a unique opportunity to step back in time and relive the bygone era of steam travel. The engines at Lappa Valley Steam Railway are not merely modes of transportation but living pieces of history – you can find out more about them all here.

Seasonal Events

As well as its regular rides and activities, some of Lappa Valley’s special seasonal happenings include:

  • Dinosaur days – life-sized roaring dinosaurs appear amongst the woodlands!
  • Halloween ghost trains – spooky entertainment for half term thrills.
  • Santa Steam Trains – festive rides to meet Father Christmas.
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Food and Gifts

The Engine Shed is a spacious sit-down cafe with both indoor and outdoor seating overlooking the boating lake. Located in the same building as a multi-level soft play area, it offers a perfect space for children to play while adults enjoy a variety of delicious options, including traditional breakfasts, hearty burgers, pizzas, sandwiches, wraps, and a dedicated children’s menu.

The cafe provides an extensive selection of drinks, including freshly ground coffee, teas, and both soft and alcoholic drinks. Additionally, “The Crib Hut” offers grab-and-go items and outdoor seating, featuring sandwiches, pastries, coffee, drinks, and locally sourced ice creams.

For snacks, the ticket office and Gift Shop provide a range of cold drinks, crisps, ice creams, and sweet treats.

The shop stocks pocket money souvenirs like train kits while the tuck shop has ice creams.

Friendly farmyard animals like sheep, donkeys, rabbits and Shetland ponies also roam beside the cafe – animal feed can be purchased to enjoy hands-on encounters.

For pint-sized steam engine adventures surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of heritage railways, Lappa Valley Steam Railway promises the ingredients for an unforgettable family day out.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are dogs allowed at Lappa Valley Steam Railway? – Yes, well behaved dogs on leads are welcome. There is a charge of £1 for a dog.

Is it wheelchair accessible? – Yes, all of the park can be accessed by wheelchair.

What age group is Lappa Valley aimed at? – Everyone will find something to enjoy at the park, but the main focus is for children under about 10.

Do you have to book to visit? – No booking is required. You can just turn up and will be guaranteed space.


Other nearby attractions

When you are in the area, you should think about visiting some of these other places too:

  • Newquay Zoo – Engaging zoo home to 130 species such as lions, lemurs and penguins in large natural enclosures. Lots of conservation initiatives.
  • Blue Reef Aquarium – Underwater tunnels and engaging displays showcasing the aquatic life found along the Cornish coastline and beyond. Great for families.
  • Tintagel Castle – Impressive ruins of a medieval castle on the North Cornwall coast with links to the legend of King Arthur. Breathtaking clifftop scenery.
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan – Mysterious iconic gardens to explore with areas like the Jungle and the world-famous Mud Maid sculpture. Lovely wildlife spotting.
  • St Austell Brewery Tour – Opportunity to go behind the scenes and learn about brewing production on a guided tour of this working Cornish brewery.
  • Camel Creek Adventure Park – Family theme park with fun rides, indoor play zones, outdoor trails and enclosures of friendly animals to meet.
  • St Agnes – Charming fishing village and surfing hotspot with a scenic coastal mining heritage. Top spot for pubs, galleries and Cornish pasties.
  • Charlestown – Historic Grade II listed port with Tall Ships and traditional appearance. Seen in numerous TV shows and movies.
  • Eden Project – Massive educational botanical gardens housed in biomes containing plants from around the world. Unique and fascinating day out.

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