There are no trains running today - The next service will be on Saturday 20th December 2014 using the Santa Specials Timetable 2014

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Santa Specials

Dates for this event

  • 19th December 2014,
  • 20th December 2014,
  • 21st December 2014,
  • 22nd December 2014,
  • 23rd December 2014,
  • 24th December 2014
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.

Track Friday Offer

For a limited period of time get 30% off Santa Special tickets for Friday 19th December when booking online, just quote "TRACKFRIDAY" when you proceed to checkout.

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
 09.3010.2011.1012.0012.5013.4014.3015.2016.1017.0017.50
 13 Dec  Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few    
 14 Dec Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few Last Few    
 19 Dec     Limited Spaces Spaces Spaces Spaces Spaces Spaces Spaces Limited
 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 (aged 0 - 15)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

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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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