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Santa Specials

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    Santa Special
    Caption: Christmas at the station!
    Santa Special
    Caption: Meet Santa
    Santa Special
    Caption: The Perfect Family Christmas

    Oh what fun it is to ride our steam hauled Santa train! Kick off your Christmas holiday in style with our incredibly popular Santa Specials!

    Soak up the magical atmosphere at this event which has become an annual tradition for many families in the North West. Let the steam train take you on a journey through a winter wonderland along with Santa and his helpers as they hand a gift out to every child and a mince pie and festive drink to the adults.

    What's included?

    Meet Father Christmas

    The jolliest of the jolly, Saint Nick himself will be travelling through the train during your journey. Leading a host of happy elves and fairies, Santa will hand out a gift to each child as well as a mince pie and festive tipple to the adults.

    Wondrous decorations

    Both Bury station and vintage carriages are beautifully decorated with hundreds of fairy lights and dozens of lit up Christmas trees, setting the perfect scene for a winter adventure.

    Dashing through the snow

    Relax as our steam train pulls you through rolling rural Lancashire with lots of colourful costumed characters, a brass band and carol singing to keep you and your family entertained.

    Hunt for Christmas treasure

    Join the hunt at Bury Transport Museum and help find the hidden treasures nestled amongst the interactive exhibits and original artefacts. Every family that manages to find all of the clues will receive a small prize and entry into the museum is free with a Santa Special ticket.

    Eat, drink and be merry

    Hot food and drink will be available at The Trackside at Bury Station and snacks are available from the platform buffet.

    Dates, times and availability

    Santa Specials - Dates, Times, and Availability
     09.3010.2011.1012.0012.5013.4014.3015.2016.10
     20 Dec  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few
     21 Dec  Last Few  Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few
     22 Dec  Spaces Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Limited Limited
     23 Dec Spaces Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited Limited
    24 Dec  Last Few Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few  Last Few      

    Ticket Prices

    Ticket Prices
     Adult Child (aged 0 - 15)Adult with child under 3 (child unseated)
    29 - 30 Nov £14.00 £11.00 £22.50
    6 - 7 Dec £15.00 £11.50 £23
    13 - 14 Dec £16.00 £12.50 £24.00
    19 - 24 Dec £17.00 £13.50 £26.00

    Santa Shuttle Park & Ride

    Avoid the stress of parking in bustling Bury and take the diesel shuttle from Heywood Station, which has a large dedicated car park. Your Santa Special ticket entitles you to free parking at Heywood and free travel for children on the regular shuttle service. This shuttle is the best way to make your way to Bolton Street in comfort and style.

    Park & Ride Times

    29, 30 Nov, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 Dec

    29, 30 Nov, 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 23 Dec
    Heywood (dep) 08.50 09.40 10.30 11.20 12.10 13.00 13.50 14.40 15.30 16.20  
    Bury (arr) 09.03 09.53 10.43 11.33 12.23 13.13 14.03 14.53 15.43 16.33  
                           
    Bury (dep) 09.20 10.10 11.00 11.50 12.40 13.30 14.20 15.10 16.00 16.50 17.40
    Heywood (arr) 09.33 10.23 11.13 12.03 12.53 13.43 14.33 15.23 16.13 17.03 17.53

     19 December

    19 Dec
    Heywood (dep) 10.30 11.20 12.10 13.00 13.50 14.40 15.30 16.20 17.10 18.00  
     Bury (arr)  10.43  11.33  12.23  13.13  14.03  14.53  15.43  16.33  17.23  18.13  
                           
     Bury (dep)  11.00 11.50 12.40 13.30 14.20 15.10 16.00 16.50 17.40 18.30 19.20
     Heywood (arr)  11.13 12.03 12.53 13.43 14.33 15.23 16.13 17.03 17.53 18.43 19.33

     24 December

    24 Dec
    Heywood (dep) 08.50 09.40 10.30 11.20 12.10 13.00 13.50  
    Bury (arr) 09.03 09.53 10.43 11.33 12.23 13.13 14.03  
                     
    Bury (dep) 09.20 10.10 11.00 11.50 12.40 13.30 14.20 15.20
    Heywood (arr) 09.33 10.23 11.13 12.03 12.53 13.43 14.33 15.33

    Park & Ride Prices (with Santa Special Ticket)

    Park & Ride Prices (with Santa Special Ticket)
    Adult (aged 16+, advance booking) £1.00
    Adult (aged 16+, pay on day) £2.00
    Child (aged 0-15, on production of Santa Special ticket) FREE

    To download…

    Our visitors say…

    • The kids loved the trains and when they got to meet Santa too they were overjoyed! A great family day out. I even managed to finish off the Christmas shopping.

    Notices and promotions

    • More ways to book

      Pre-booking is essential and early booking is recommended. To make a booking simply select one of the following options:

      Telephone: 0161 764 7790
      (daily 10am - 4pm)

      Pop into our Information Office
      Bury Bolton Street Station, Bolton Street, Bury, BL9 0EY (daily 10am - 4pm)

      See our Terms and Conditions. Online booking fees apply. Payment can be made by credit or debit card or cash. Cash payments can be made at Bury Bolton Street Station only.

    • Gift vouchers for every occasion
    • Santa Shuttle Park & Ride

      Avoid the stress of trying to find a parking space in Bury and take the shuttle from Heywood! Travel to your Santa train in style and in plenty of time to see the sites and visit the gift shop. A Santa Special ticket allows free parking in Heywood as well as discounted travel on the Shuttle when booked in advance.

      Book your seats for the Heywood Shuttle here

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      Santa Specials

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