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Steam Train Driving Taster Experience at Sherwood Forest Railway 11825457

4.5 out of 5 (based on 139 reviews)
£59
Location: Mansfield - Nottinghamshire
For 1 person
Valid for 20 months
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Overview

For anyone who has a passion for the age of steam, this taster driving experience is the perfect gift. You’ll learn to drive a real 5/8th scale locomotive, with all the same controls as its bigger counterpart, with real steam on a real track. You’ll even get to drive it through historic Sherwood Forest, one of the country’s most famous sites. An expert instructor will guide you thoroughly through the controls and demonstrate how to drive the steam engine on the easier practice track, before letting you have a go yourself, all under his watchful supervision. The instruction is all one-on-one, so you will have his full attention. Once he feels you have mastered the skills needed, you will move over to the 1 mile long Sherwood Forest track, where you will take complete control as you drive the full length through the forest. Your instructor will remain with you for guidance throughout.

What's included?
  • Full one-to-one instruction from a trained professional
  • Demonstration on the practice track as well as supervised driving
  • A full supervised lap of the Sherwood Forest track
What do I need to know?
  • Your voucher is valid for one person
  • Minimum age: 18 years
  • Available Monday–Friday, February–November
  • Please note, this experience takes place in a cabin with space for two and as such is only available for one person at a time
  • This voucher cannot be extended
  • You are advised to have a reasonable level of health and fitness to take part
  • Please contact the supplier to discuss any disabilities or medical restrictions at point of booking
  • Vouchers must be booked in advance
  • All dates are subject to availability

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Customer Reviews
4.5 out of 5 (based on 139 reviews)
132 out of 139 (95%) reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Awesome gift
03 November 2020
Great experience, have wanted to drive a train for years and although only in miniature form it’s a great experience ! Scaled down version takes nothing away from it, it’s great. Team at the venue were great, fantastic customer service. Special mention to Bob who is an amazing guy, very friendly, infinitely knowledgeable and extremely passionate about his little engines. You can see Bob enjoys every little trip he makes. Thank you Bob and team.
Warren
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
A brilliant gift
25 October 2020
A wonderful experience, Bob was very patient in explaining everything.
C
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Might well have been a passenger
02 October 2020
I’m not so certain of sherwood forests physical whereabouts but the description of riding through it left a lot to the imagination, we have more greenery down our road than where the railway runs, which is also rather underwhelming as the length barely exceeds 1/4 of a mile. As for the ‘enthusiastic instructor’ I can only think he was having a day off. I would certainly not recommend this experience at the price paid.
Response from Buyagift
By Lynsey, Customer Services, 06 Oct 2020
Hi there, thank you for your feedback. I am very sorry to hear you did not enjoy your experience fully. I have passed your comments to our events team to ensure they are aware of your comments and future improvements can be made. Thanks again for taking the time to leave your feedback.
Lerch
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
Would you recommend this product to a friend? No
Wonderful gift
11 September 2020
A very friendly group of volunteers run the railway, it was a great experience.
Rainman
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Fantastic Experience
22 March 2020
Wow this was such a great afternoon and i couldn’t recommend this enough. A big thanks to Bob and his team.
Njw
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Father's Day
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Fun gift
14 March 2020
Loco.driver went through workings of the steam engine prior to boarding. We then had two trips down the line and back. On the return trips I had control of the steam engine. Voucher includes ride in carriage for partner and drinks. There is a large play area for children.
Gary
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Amazing Railway-themed gift!
10 March 2020
I was given this gift to me as a birthday present last year and only managed to get it booked last month. Did the experience today. The railway was so beautiful and owner gave me clear instructions on which levers to use to operate the steam engine, including stokingnthe for box with coal and giving the locomotive more steam to fight against the pressing incline of a hill. Such a wonderful experience and I highly recommend this for all railway enthusiasts! Definitely going to do this again one day!
Elliotkw
Age: 25-34
Occasion: Other occasion
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Wonderful experience
03 March 2020
Really enjoyed the afternoon. The instructor was very friendly, knowledgable and helpful with instructions. I learned a lot about the train and the site. There are going to be great things happening there in the future. The site itself is child friendly with lots to see and do. I would recommend to anyone who likes trains
Russell
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Awesome experience
02 March 2020
Whilst the location is a little remote, it makes for a lovely back drop when driving the train. Booking in was easy and the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming. The driver (Bob) was very helpful and explained the whole process for manoeuvring the locomotive and was happy to answer all my questions. Did two runs and completely loved it. Great for kids too as there is some play areas aswell. The kids also get the chance to blow the trains steam whistle, which I thought was an amazing touch. I would recommend this to anyone. Thank you for making the experience so good.
Andy
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Great time ...
28 November 2019
fun and thoughtful experience
Drew
Age: 35-44
Occasion: Birthday
Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes
Steam Train Driving Taster Experience at Sherwood Forest Railway
£59