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Steam Train Driving Taster Experience at Sherwood Forest Railway 11825457

4.5 out of 5 (based on 154 reviews)
Location: Mansfield - Nottinghamshire
For 1 person
Valid for 12 months
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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?
  • All our vouchers are fully flexible and can be redeemed against our huge range of experiences
  • 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 154 reviews)
Fantastic steam train experience
05 September 2023
Bought this for my partner as a pressie for Christmas. He absolutely loved it. All the staff were lovely and Pete, his instructor was brilliant and couldn't have been more helpful. Highly recommend this experience and would definitely return. A big thank you to all staff.
Age: 55-64
Occasion: Christmas
Steam train driving taster experience
02 July 2023
A new & very enjoyable experience for me (driving a steam train). Pete was very helpful, patient & a very knowledgeable. All in all, would recommend this.
Occasion: Birthday
Louie's gift
31 October 2022
A great experience for a steam enthusiast....will repeat it !
Grandpa biff
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
Great birthday present!!
24 October 2022
Dave, the tutor was really good, explaining everything, and showing me what to do. As a lifelong steam train fan this was. A dram come true.
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Birthday
Best gift ever
19 August 2022
Excellent day. Steve explained everything I needed to know before we set off. My granddaughter was thrilled to be able to sit on the train while grandad drove!
Occasion: Birthday
Unique Experiance
09 August 2022
Friendly welcome, very well organised and a lovely experience for my husband, Bob the train driver was great. A nice experience for the plus one as well.
Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
Sherwood steam railway
29 July 2022
Excellent experience. Bob gave me instructions and I was able to drive the train myself under his guidance. Blew the whistle too Would highly recommend
Occasion: Birthday
Boyhood Dream Come True
04 July 2022
Great to be on the footplate of the steam train “Smokey Joe” where Bob was a first class guide, very friendly and knowledgeable to make the whole driving experience extremely memorable. I was “chuffed” that he gave me 10/10 as a train driver which I’ll take with pleasure! Vicky in the gift shop was equally pleasant and helpful - what a great team! It was a birthday treat that provided me with a super day out - if I’m ever passing I would love to make another visit.... and see if I can better my score! Well done to all!!
Kev kev
Occasion: Birthday
Good fun!
18 June 2022
Had a great time, David my instructor was very knowledgable and a pleasure to talk to. Everyone at the railway made me feel welcome!
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Birthday
Excellent Gift
25 April 2022
Good value for money, easy to access & book. Very helpful & clearly given instructions.
Occasion: Christmas
Steam Train Driving Taster Experience at Sherwood Forest Railway