Meet the Gruffalo at East Lancashire Railway


Bedtime stories will come to life when the Gruffalo visits the East Lancashire Railway.

On the first weekend of November, the Gruffalo is venturing from the deep dark wood to explore the East Lancashire Railway (ELR).

Whether you’re as small as the mouse or as big as the Gruffalo, you can get involved in this day out. As well as frequent ‘sightings’ of the mythical Gruffalo throughout the day, the fun fair rides are all suitable for toddlers, while the ELR’s Trackside pub has a kids menu as well as traditional pub grub – which fortunately does not include Gruffalo crumble! There will be the opportunity to meet the Gruffalo as he visits the Bury Transport Museum, alongside many other great activities throughout the day. Children (and adults!) can take a photo with the iconic character if they book a time slot via the East Lancashire Railway website in advance. 

Tickets cost £16 for adults and £15 for children for the whole day. This includes unlimited rides on the fun fair, craft activities and, of course, train rides. If you want to rival the Gruffalo’s terrible tusks and terrible teeth, you can get your face painted too, all within the ticket price. This family-friendly event is taking place on November 4 and 5, with multiple time slots on each day. While we can guarantee the Gruffalo will be there, we can’t guarantee the blue skies from the book, so bring your waterproofs.

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Mike Kelly, chairman of the East Lancashire Railway, said: “The Gruffalo began as a figment of the imagination, and we will be bringing him to life for children, and those who are children at heart. This is the first time the Gruffalo has come to East Lancashire Railway, and it will be a fun-filled day out for the whole family.”

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