The Stratford and Valentines Express

The Stratford and Valentines Express

Please Note: This trip is hauled by vintage diesel

Chester Le Street to Stratford upon Avon
Departs – Wednesday 14 February 2018

From Chester Le Street, Durham, Darlington, Thirsk, York, Church Fenton and Chesterfield.

Join us aboard our lovingly restored heritage diesel train for a day out to Stratford-upon-Avon, famous for it's connections with William Shakespeare. Being the birthplace of the famous Bard and the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company makes this town a big draw to lovers of the arts. However if Shakespeare is not your thing, Stratford still has plenty to offer.

Just a short walk from the station you will find an attractive medieval centre, riverside paths, timber framed buildings and narrow lanes lined with independent shops, making a lovely setting in which to spend the afternoon. We expect to depart Chester Le Street around 0800, (York approx 1011) and, after travelling south through Derby and Birmingham, expect to arrive Stratford around 1430.

After a break of around two hours, we arrive back into York around 2045 and Chester le Street approx 2253.

Book Premier Dining to experience fine dining with a full English Breakfast served to your reserved seat on the outward journey followed by a delicious evening meal on the return trip.


PREMIER DINING CLASS: Includes an at seat silver service of full English Breakfast in the morning, a selection of pastries with coffee mid journey and a four course meal on the return journey all freshly prepared by our skilled chefs on board the train.

FIRST CLASS: First Class passengers will be served complimentary teas and coffees along with biscuits or cakes on both the outward and the return journey.

CHILDREN UNDER 5 can be brought on the train free of charge only if not taking up a seat and sharing seats with accompanying adults.

REFRESHMENTS: A buffet counter service of snacks, hot and cold drinks, and alcoholic beverages is available to all our Standard and First Class passengers throughout the day. You are also welcome to bring your own refreshments or indeed a tasty picnic to enjoy as the countryside passes by!

First Class and Premier Dining passengers can book a private table for a supplement of £20.00 per person.

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The following Pick-Up and Set-Down stations are available on this excursion

Provisional Timings Outward Return
Chester Le Street 8.00 22.53
Durham 8.29 22.16
Darlington 9.19 21.53
Thirsk 9.43 21.16
York 10.11 20.44
Church Fenton 10.28 20.25
Chesterfield 11.36 19.15
Stratford upon Avon 14.30 16.40