Great Central Railway offers 'exciting' £1 deal to dads this Father's Day

View of steam locomotive at Great Central Railway
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Dads can travel for just £1 at one of Leicestershire’s most loved attractions this Father’s Day. People are being urged to book their place on a nostalgia-filled day and get on board with some brilliant bits of steam train history.

The rallying call comes from the Great Central Railway (GCR) which is hosting an inclusive event this Father’s Day (Sunday, June 16). Available to fathers of all ages, the heritage railway is offering travel on its trains for just £1 when accompanied by a paying child - whether young or old.

The ‘Dads for a Quid’ event means all father figures can explore the GCR’s vintage steam trains and enjoy a scenic ride through Leicestershire before stopping off at one of their cafes or tearooms.

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Malcolm Holmes, GCR general manager, said: “What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than with a day full of big boys’ toys! This is the first time we’ve offered dads the opportunity to go for a quid and we’re really excited to welcome families and their father figures to experience all that the Great Central Railway has to offer.”

The ‘Dads for a Quid’ initiative applies to families of all ages, so there is no limit to those who can take advantage of the £1 offer. The Father’s Day treat can be added to individual tickets for families coming to the GCR this weekend.

The GCR runs between Leicester and Loughborough and its team has made clear that all children - whether six or 66 - will need to buy their own ticket while their dad gains entry for £1. Ticket Options at the Great Central Railway include:

  • Children aged 3 to 15 - must purchase a Children's Day Runabout Ticket

  • Children aged 15 and over - must purchase an Adult Day Runabout Ticket

Mr Holmes said: “All the family are welcome to come and join Dad, even the family dog, so why not come down and join the fun.”

People can purchase their tickets online and during checkout take part in the event by adding on a ‘Dads for a Quid’ ticket. More information, including ticket prices, can be found on the Great Central Railway website.

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