If you go down to catch the train you’re sure of a big surprise…

Children can bring their favourite teddy to meet Bearnie the Bear and the Mad Hatter for storytelling and photos. There’s face painting from Kaz A Doodle as well, and you can pre-order picnics or collect snack bags on the day.

There’ll be arts and crafts on offer – with colouring, cutting, and sticking – young cubs can make little painted teddy tiles and bunting to take home with them as memory of their day out.

Every child who brings a teddy can enter in a competition to win some special prizes.

We recommend that you pre-book your tickets – use the button below.

This event runs on Saturday 24th August 2019, doors open around 12:30pm. Last train departs at 4pm

Summer events at DCDR are supported by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

What happens during my visit?

Trains depart Downpatrick station at: 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:30pm, 3:15pm and 4:00pm.

Our steam trains will be hailing restored 1950s vintage carriages to our Inch Abbey Station.

Our face painter will be located in the station at Downpatrick. All kids can get their face painted for no additional charge. Storytelling, picnics and colouring-in will be taking place at Inch Abbey station.

Families can bring their own picnics and rugs, or can pre-order picnics for collection on arrival by calling 028 4461 5779 in advance – these delicious hampers include a choice of meats, breads, salad, chocolate brownies, fresh fruit and drinks. Teddy Bear Treat Boxes for children will also be available on-the-day for £5 at our buffet and shop (a drink, chocolate bar, crisps). Picnic Blankets will be available for use.

The steam train, stations and buffet train are all fully wheelchair accessible. Please see this page for more details.

Prices & tickets

Our normal summer fares apply. Admission includes the face painting and all other attractions at the railway. Charges apply for food and drinks in the buffet and gifts in the shop. Donations are also welcome!

  • Adults: £7.50
  • Concessions: £6.50
  • Kids (all ages): £5.50
  • Infants (not requiring a seat): FREE
  • Carers: FREE
  • Family ticket (2 adults, 3 kids): £28.

Summer events at DCDR are supported by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.