Big Adventures Tickets Terms & Conditions

  • Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged unless Whistlestop Valley cancels a session

  • Tickets may be transferred to other dates/times so long as we are notified by email ( at least 48 hours before you are due to visit. A £3 admin fee is applicable for ALL changes or amendments

  • A £1.80 booking fee is applicable per transaction (not per ticket)

  • Visitors will be required to show their ticket/order confirmation to our staff at the attraction's entrance.  Confirmation can be printed out on paper or shown on a smartphone/tablet. Failure to show this could result in you being charged again

  • If you miss your arrival slot for whatever reason, we will try our best to accommodate you in a later slot that day.  However, this cannot be guaranteed and no refunds will be issued if a visitor fails to make their allocated timeslot

  • Please see our full Ticket Sales Terms & Conditions here.


Annual Pass Holders


If you are an Annual Pass Holder, you should have received a letter from us detailing your booking instructions. If you haven't received your letter, or you're having issues booking, please contact us at We are extremely sorry that you are no longer permitted to simply turn up and travel.  Bookings should be made online and will be subject to availability.


Complimentary Ticket Holders / Ticket Offers / Vouchers Holders


If you wish to use a complimentary ticket, pass, voucher or offer, you will need to contact the railway at to make a travel reservation at least 48 hours in advance, or follow the instructions for online booking found on some tickets/vouchers. When doing so, you will need to provide the details found on the voucher, so please have this handy when booking. Without it, we will be unable to make a booking for you. Please note you will also be required to hand the voucher into the Ticket Office on the day of your visit.  We regret that bookings will be subject to availability.  


GROUPON voucher holders should book online: please choose BIG ADVENTURE tickets and select the date/time you are after. Please select a FAMILY TICKET and then proceed through the booking until you reach the CHECKOUT page.  On the Checkout page, you will need to enter the Groupon code found on your Groupon voucher (starts with “grnp2”) into the 'OFFER CODE' box. Please do not add any additional tickets to this booking or the code will not work. Any other tickets must be booked via a separate booking.


If you require assistance, please email at least 48 hours before you wish to visit and include a picture or screenshot of your Groupon voucher including the voucher redemption code, your name, contact telephone number and the date/time you wish to travel. Without that information, we will be unable to assist you.  Please note that Groupon vouchers are only valid for BIG ADVENTURES tickets, not for event days, Little Adventures tickets or Young Engineers days.  


Max Card Holders


If your child is a Max Card holder, you are entitled to a special discount of a half price child's ticket when purchasing a full adult ticket on BIG ADVENTURE services only (not available at special events). In order to access this special discount, you will need to contact us at to make a travel reservation at least 48 hours in advance. When doing so, you will need to provide the details found on the Max Card so please have this handy.  Without it, we will be unable to make a booking for you. We regret that bookings will be subject to availability. 

REMEMBER: Your Max Card also entitles you to 10% off all purchases in our gift shop (needs to be presented at the till).


COVID Measures

Although no longer mandatory, we strongly suggest all visitors over the age of 11 wear a face mask/covering when on our trains and inside our station facilities (unless they have a valid exemption or are eating/drinking). This is purely an added safety precaution until the UK is fully vaccinated and we have learned to live with COVID-19 as a matter of daily life. Please remember that we are a family attraction & offensive face masks will not be tolerated.


Although social contact limits have been eased, we strongly suggest that visitors sit only with their visitor group. We kindly request that you do not sit in a carriage with people you are not visiting with.


We strongly suggest that visitors keep the carriage windows open when travelling on our trains to allow for a flow of fresh air, the hand sanitiser provided at regular intervals and continue to wash their hands regularly.