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Chigwell Tours Self Guided Vintage Bus Ride and Steam Train Ride for Two with Afternoon Tea

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2 people
Valid for 12 months
2 locations
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Delight in a self-guided tour of the Essex countryside with a nostalgic vintage bus ride and steam train journey. Begin the day in Epping and from there board the vintage bus, where along the journey beautiful views of Epping Forest can be enjoyed. Continue the trip to North Weald and once everyone’s arrived, tickets will be issued for a steam train trip to Ongar. Stop off at Ongar and enjoy a stroll with the option to explore the stunning wooded Greensted Church. After a leisurely look around the area, tuck into an afternoon tea to prepare for the return journey home. This enjoyable trip through the country is ideal for those who have a passion for vintage travel. Experience what it was like to travel in a time gone by.

In a Nutshell
  • Delight in a timeless trip through the Essex countryside for two people
  • Enjoy a return journey on a vintage bus from Epping to the village of North Weald
  • Be transported on a steam train from North Weald to Ongar and back
  • Indulge in an indulgent afternoon tea for two in Ongar
Key Info
  • Availability Description
    This voucher is valid for two people. Available Saturdays and Sundays, from April–October. The 25th and 26th September 2021 are excluded. The tour runs from 10.20am–4pm. All dates are subject to availability.
  • Participant Guidelines
    When booking, please mention any dietary or mobility requirements.
  • Numbers on the Day
    Maximum group size is 10 couples per day.
  • Dress Code
    Warm clothing, comfortable shoes and a bottle of water are recommended.
  • Other Info
    All our vouchers are fully flexible and can be redeemed against our huge range of experiences. Please note that the afternoon tea does not take place on the train. The afternoon tea is held in the Historical URC Halls and Museum.


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3 / 5 [based on 7 reviews]
Age: 45-54
Occasion: Just because!
11 July 2022
Lovely day out
We had a lovely day out, the vintage bus was novel, North Weald Station is a beautiful quaint little Station, it's like stepping back in time, beautifully maintained, there is a cafe and toilets, the Station staff went above and beyond, very friendly, helpful and informative. The steam train was lovely, we managed to get a carriage at the back and it almost felt like we were going to Hogwarts! Ongar is a cute little village with some lovely cafes and pubs, being Sunday most of the shops were shut, we did visit the cheesemonger and the flint Church, and walked a little along the nature walk, found a cool pub for a cold drink, it was a scorcher. There isn't a huge amount to do but we enjoyed a wander around. Afternoon tea at Allez Allez was delicious, the staff were very friendly, I think it's the best scone I've ever had, the finger sandwiches and tiny cake bites were tasty too. The tour company had doubled their usual bookings this day so it was busy, hence they spilt the afternoon teas into 3 different cafes, the afternoon teas were booked for 1.25, but alot of people turned up at 12 and the cafe accommodated them, which was very decent of them but put them under alot of pressure, I'm sure some people will grumble they had to wait, so bare in mind they were almost an hour and a half early for it. I can't fault it, we were also a little early for our afternoon tea so were happy to sit in the cafe garden and wait. It wasn't a long wait. We had a lovely day out.
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Age: 55-64
Occasion: Christmas
10 July 2022
Bus and train
The afternoon tea was very disappointing the scones was very hard the sandwiches very dry not happy at all
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Age: Over 65
Occasion: Birthday
10 July 2022
Belated birthday gift
A very nice and interesting tour, and our guide was very informative as we continued on our walking tour.
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Age: Over 65
Occasion: Christmas
09 July 2022
The train and bus ride were very good. The tour company took money off me for a church tour and a guided tour of Ongar, only to be told that you can't do both so I have wasted £12. We were told to go to the wrong restaurant. Couldn't hear guide. Cafe for 'quick break had run out of promised treats and clearly could not quote with the numbers.
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Age: Over 65
Occasion: Birthday
27 June 2022
An interesting day!
The vintage bus ride was in a LT Routemaster, so hardly vintage. We were expecting a 1930s something, BUT it was okay. The steam train ride to Ongar was fine, though the engine's brakes were inoperable for the journey back, so we had a diesel. Also okay. Thanks to excess numbers of participants the Afternoon Tea was not in the advertised location, BUT the alternative, which had been organised at short notice, was still really good. All in all an enjoyable day.
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Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
15 May 2022
Birthday Gift
Lovely day. The Stream Train was very a real treat and the staff/Volunteers were friendly and helpful. The additional trip to Greenstead Church was excellent.
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Age: 55-64
Occasion: Birthday
05 May 2022
Emails from Chilgwell Tours have two different start times and the programme/times for the day differed . Our agenda did not mention the Afternoon tea described in the voucher so we had to chase that up on the day. Maybe just a little disorganised.
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Chigwell Tours Self Guided Vintage Bus Ride and Steam Train Ride for Two with Afternoon Tea