Thursford
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Visited by over 5.8 million people. The Thursford Collection - The sights, sounds and sensations of the golden age of steam are never forgotten. Climb on board and enjoy all the fun of the fairground on our traditional carousels and gondola. Experience the size scale of steam with the largest collection of traction engines in the world. Delight in the unique sounds of Robert Wolfe show on the mighty Wurlitzer. Christmas Spectacular - Set in the magical surroundings of mechanical organs and fairground carousels, a cast of over 130 performers deliver an extravaganza of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour and variety. Santa's Magical Journey - A trip to Santa will never be the same again with this truly unforgettable journey to the perfect Christmas memory.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Tickers
    Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely trip down memory lane
    Came here as a child and blown away by the Wurlitzer. Now some 45 years later it didn't disappoint. The site has expanded a lot over the years and now has a wedding venue and legendary Christmas show. Shame it's opening days are limited. Gift shop didn't really have anything that reflected the collection such as toy steam rollers or t towels etc. Ride on the carousel horses £3 each was great albeit a few people moaned it was expensive for a short ride (saddos!) All in all a really lovely place esp for those with an engineer leaning.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 May 2023
  • Winmer16
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful venue and brilliant service
    I can’t go into the details of my particular issue as it is personal to my family but what I can say is that I have had reason to deal with Charlie the GM and Emma the wedding planning manager. Both handled my issue with extreme professionalism and sensitivity and as result have left me fully satisfied with all dealings with them. This venue is fantastic and the service offered by its team is outstanding. I wish them every success for the future.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled on business
    Written 17 July 2023
  • malcolm g
    Norwich, United Kingdom20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great value day out
    The day we visited was relatively quiet which was quite nice. Overall the museum is very well laid out with plenty of room to view the many exhibits. The restaurant food is good and prices are reasonable. Overall it’s a good day out at a very good price. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Brenda B
    21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing show
    Amazing evening. The Christmas extravaganza. The very best show I have experienced. All the acts were good and the compere was absolutely brilliant! Would recommend this show to every one. Half time grub a bit pricey though.
    Visited November 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 August 2023
  • Kerry
    Ipswich, United Kingdom1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic show!!
    What a show!! What a place!! The whole experience was so Christmassy from start to finish!! The atmosphere outside and in was magical and the staff were so friendly and helpful. The Christmas Spectacular show was extremely well put together and so professional. The dancers, singers and musicians are the best in the business, the organist is incredible and the comedian is the funniest I have seen in a long time. Personally, I don’t think the 2 speciality acts in the first half fitted in with the overall feel of the show but I loved the jugglers in act 2. It’s a long show, 3 hours including the interval but it doesn’t feel like it as there’s so much going on and it moves at a fast pace. Would definitely recommend going to visit!!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 November 2023
  • Del B
    Leigh-on Sea, United Kingdom13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic performance
    Christmas Spectacular, top marks, excellent show. Comedian compare, very funny. Singing and dancing by the crew great costumes, great show. I particularly enjoyed the Irish dancing. Great orchestra, comedy jugglers, trick cyclist. Very clever indoor lighting effects. It's labelled Spectacular and it didn't disappoint. Went to the outside light show, very original. Great day out, glad we went.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
  • Fran39_12
    London, United Kingdom117 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing show don’t miss it
    We went on recommendation from friends and wonder why we hadn’t been before. Light walk was incredible as well as the moving animals and static steam engine display. The show itself was incredible, the costumes, the singers, the dancers, comedian/presenter and the variety acts. I was exhausted by the end it was so fast moving.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • pelstob
    Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Seasonal Spectacular
    Fabulous festive extravaganza, a feast for the senses. Amazing evening with such talented troupe immerses you in a seasonal spectacular. The talent range of both song and dance is comparative and somewhat superior to many west end and roadway productions that I have experienced. Highly recommend
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 November 2023
  • Theresa M
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Magical Christmas experience
    The most magical Christmas experience EVER! The fantasyland light trail was amazing, the whole family enjoyed it. We stopped for a coffee and a cake in the cafe greeted by wonderful staff. We could have spent all night looking at the beautiful lights and decorations. The staff kindly let us know that it was time to make our way to the theatre for the show. The whole atmosphere was amazing. The lights and decorations were beyond anything I could imagine. The show started and we were blown away by the talent upon the stage. Everything from the performers, singers, musicians to the staging, choreography, lighting and sound was just phenomenal. The host and comedian Lloyd Hollett deserves a special mention. He was absolutely outstanding! The best compare, giving insightful information about the acts as well as being hilariously funny with his wordsmithery. We would have loved to have seen more of him. I’d 100% recommend this wonderful, magical and breathtaking experience to anyone. Myself, husband and two children age 8 and 10 will definitely be back again next year.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 November 2023
  • KenzUk
    49 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Christmas Spectacular
    What a show! Travelled from South Wales to see the show having watched a bulletin about it on the One Show a few years ago. It didn’t disappoint! It was like a classic variety show jam packed with Christmas theming. The singers and dancers were West End standard and the 32 piece orchestra were incredible a real treat. Huge credit to the wardrobe department as the costumes were fantastic and even the orchestra had several outfit changes. At 2hrs 35mins of performance it was good value for money. The warm mince pies on sale were delish and the interval bar service was very efficient. All the staff were very friendly and helpful.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 November 2023
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Davejb2014
Shrewsbury, UK210 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
A show worth seeing, good value entertainment. seating can be somewhat uncomfortable after a long period of being seated as no wandering is permitted during the show.
Written 31 January 2024
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Carole I
10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Show's fine if you like glitz and glam. But please be aware if taking out the insurance cover Thursford offers (via XCover.com) when you book tickets: any insurance claim that involves health/medical requires a letter from a medical professional or it's rejected. The standard cost now for such a letter within the NHS is £30. So factor that into the cost of your insurance cover! It's not optional for an insurance claim. My claim went through in full once I got, and sent XCover, the £30 letter. But it was rejected initially because I didn't have one.
Written 19 January 2024
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Anna
Rotherham, UK296 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Friends
Never been before but had been told lots of good things! Totally met and more than exceeded my expectations. Thoroughly enjoyable - well organised - food service very efficient- highly recommend
Written 16 January 2024
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Jaxine K
52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
What a show from start to finish it was excellent it’s well worth a visit if you love Christmas 🎄🎄
Written 7 January 2024
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sa1gon
London, UK1,089 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Wow. What an experience!! We have been coming here a few years now and due to my husband's disability we wondered if we would make it back next year.

However, not only is the show amazing the Customer Service is outstanding, nothing was too much trouble and we have booked for next year already.

We will look forward to our annual visit.
Written 29 December 2023
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Marilyn D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Wow absolutely fantastic, worth every penny. What a wonderful show very traditional and such a lot of hours spent perfecting the singing, dancing and acts. We loved every minute and would go back again to see t
Written 26 December 2023
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Sam H
Holt, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Wow what an amazing show as always! A huge congratulations to everyone involved with had the most wonderful time and have already booked for next year.
Written 23 December 2023
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Andy B
London, UK159 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My wife and I have only just realised that we have now been going to the Thursford Christmas Spectacular for well over 20 years! It is scary how quickly the time passes.
The show is always brilliant, with top quality performers from across the entertainment spectrum, from singers, dancers and musicians to circus acts. For us, it is probably the singing, dancing and the brilliant orchestra that keep us coming back year after year. It is the perfect start to Christmas.
This year's show was no exception - every aspect was absolutely top class. Somehow it just keeps getting better and better.
Written 23 December 2023
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Rebb90
Norwich, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Six of us came to see the show last night, and we all absolutely loved it! The talent in this show is out of this world! The singers, dancers, orchestra, skaters, and biker were all absolutely outstanding. A particular highlight for us was the jugglers - they had us in hysterics!
We left feeling very much in the Christmas spirit! Well done to all involved in making it truly a spectacular show! Merry Christmas all! 😊
Written 23 December 2023
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Anco M
Aberdeen, UK660 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We visited the Christmas Spectacular more than 25 years ago and were back for the first time. We were not disappointed. From the moment you come to the parking and walk onto the grounds the Christmas atmosphere is incredible. The theatre is decorated amazingly and what is in store is a 2.5 hour show (plus 0.5 hour break) of singing, dancing, comedy and acts. So very worth visiting close to Christmas.
Written 22 December 2023
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