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The Barnards Farm Gardens are open on Thursdays until the 2nd September. 

We will be operating the Barnards Miniature Railway every Thursday during the school holidays from 11am until 4pm. We are pleased that we are now able to extend the journey further to ‘Sitooterie Halt’ which makes the ride 1½  miles return. The trips will be every 20 minutes and last about 25 minutes. The trains will be hauled by diesel locomotives from our heritage Mardyke collection, although steam locomotives may appear if available on some trains. On some days it may be possible as an add on to ride a shorter route on one of our sit in Electric Multiple Units to Belvedere and back.

The train fares are:

£7.00 return to Sitooterie, All ages, Under 3’s free.
£5.00 return to Belvedere (certain days only). Under 3’s free.

Please note that on Thursdays you also do need to have a separate Garden entry ticket prebooked and payable via the National Garden Scheme App or NGS Website. Garden Admission is £7.50 for adults; children are free.

We are currently serving light refreshments in Burton Shaw station.

Kindly also note that dogs are not permitted unless they are guide dogs.


Future Events

Winter Lights

13th and 14th November

If Covid allows join the Winter Lights Express Train and see the trackside, the Belvedere and the Sitooterie lit up. Floar a candle on the lake in aid of the Children’s Society and hopefully join us in the barn for refreshments afterwards. 

Santra Express

11th, 12th, 18th and 19th December

Again subject to Covid the Barnards Miniature Railway is once again running its popular Santa Express Trains. Father Christmas will be handing out presents to good girls and boys. Good mums and dads can hopefully get refreshments in the barn. Advanced bookings is required at santaexpress.eu. 

If due to Covid the Barn cannot be used, the event might be cancelled.


COVID: as you will appreciate all our events will follow the prevailing health guidance. They maybe subject to change and cancellation at short notice.


september 2021

02sep11:00 am4:00 pmThursday Garden Open Day & BMRNational Garden Scheme

05sep1:00 pm5:00 pmSunday Garden Open Day & BMRNational Garden Scheme

26sep11:00 am4:00 pmBarnards Miniature Railway - Burtonshaw / Sitooterie Return TrainBarnards Miniature Railway

october 2021

28oct11:00 am4:00 pmThursday Garden Open Day & BMRNational Garden Scheme

november 2021

13nov4:00 pm7:00 pmWinter LightsBarnards Miniature Railway

14nov4:00 pm7:00 pmWinter LightsBarnards Miniature Railway

december 2021

11dec11:00 am4:00 pmSanta ExpressBarnards Miniature Railway

12dec11:00 am4:00 pmSanta ExpressBarnards Miniature Railway

18dec11:00 am4:00 pmSanta ExpressBarnards Miniature Railway

19dec11:00 am4:00 pmSanta ExpressBarnards Miniature Railway