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Santa Specials

Dates for this event

  • 10th December 2016,
  • 11th December 2016,
  • 17th December 2016,
  • 18th December 2016,
  • 21st December 2016,
  • 22nd December 2016,
  • 23rd December 2016,
  • 24th December 2016
Santa with little boy on the Santa Special
The decorated grotto
A Happy Family

Oh What Fun it is to ride a Steam Hauled Santa Train

Christmas, that time of year when (hopefully) the world is covered in a blanket of snow, the children are too excited to sleep as they listen for the tell tale jingle of the sleigh and all of the family comes together to partake in festive cheer. And what better way to kick off the festive celebration than visiting the East Lancshire Railway's popular Santa Specials?

A tradition for many families in the North West, the Santa Specials are sure to create memories which you and your family will share forever.

There is so much in store!

  • Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through rural Lancastrian landscapes
  • Visit the beautifully decorated grotto at Bury Station
  • Soak in the festive atmosphere assisted by traditional brass bands and carol singing
  • Meet colourful Christmassy Characters and fairies
  • Come face to face with jolly old St Nick and his crew of happy helpers as they travel through the train handing gifts out to the children as well as a mince pie and festive tipple for the adults
  • Hunt for treasure with the Christmas Treasure Trail at Bury Transport Museum - free entry with a Santa Special Ticket

Dates & Times

03 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
04 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
10 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
11 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
17 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
18 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
21 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
22 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
23 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40 14:30 15:20 16:10
24 Dec 09:30 10:20 11:10 12:00 12:50 13:40      

Green = Good Availability Orange = Limited Availability Red = A Few Seats Remaining

Please note that all trains will leave on time, please allow time for travelling and parking, especially in Bury as traffic can be quite congested at this time of year. Passengers must sit in the seats that they have booked.

Ticket Prices

Date Adult Adult with Child Under 3 (on lap) Child 3 - 15
26 - 27 Nov £14.60 £23.00 £11.40
3 - 4 Dec £15.60 £23.80 £12.00
10 - 11 Dec £16.60 £24.80 £13.00
17 - 18 Dec £17.60 £27.20 £14.00
21 - 22 Dec £16.60 £24.80 £13.00
23 Dec £17.60 27.20 £14.00
24 Dec £18.20 £27.60 £14.20

Heywood Shuttle Trains

Dates and Times

26 - 27 Nov Heywood - Bury 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30
Bury - Heywood 11:00 11:50 12:40 13:30 14:20 15:10 16:00 16:50 17:50
3 - 4 Dec Heywood - Bury 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30
Bury - Heywood 11:00 11:50 12:40 13:30 14:20 15:10 16:00 16:50 17:50
10 - 11 Dec Heywood - Bury 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30
Bury - Heywood 11:00 11:50 12:40 13:30 14:20 15:10 16:00 16:50 17:50
17 - 18 Dec Heywood - Bury 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:50 15:30
Bury - Heywood 11:00 11:50 12:40 13:30 14:20 15:10 16:00 16:50 17:50
21 - 22 - 23 Dec Heywood - Bury 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30
Bury - Heywood 11:00 11:50 12:40 13:30 14:20 15:10 16:00 16:50 17:50
24 Dec Heywood - Bury 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00      
Bury - Heywood 11:00 11:50 12:40 13:30 14:20 15:15      

Prices

Adult (on the day) £2.00
Adult (pre-booked) £1.00
Accompanied Child under 16 Free

Getting Here

The Santa Special Trains board and depart from Bury Station and are pre-booking only. Due to the limited amount of parking available in Bury, especially on busy special event days over the Christmas period, we recommend visitors make use of the large, free car park situated at Heywood Station and travel to Bury via the Heywood Shuttle service.

Located less than a mile from Junction 19 of the M62, Heywood Station is easily accessible (via Railway Street) and can be reached by typing the postcode OL10 1LX into a Sat Nav. For more information on how to reach the East Lancashire Railway visit our "Getting Here" page.

School Santa Specials

Let your class get into the spirit of the season with a trip on our dedicated School Santa Specials train on 7, 9, 14 and 16 December 2016.

There will be entertainment onboard, presents and of course Father Christmas, all hauled by a steaming engine. Bury Transport Museum will also host Santa's Treasure Hunt, which you and your class are free to enjoy once you return to Bury.

The train will depart Bury Bolton Street Station at 10.45am and will return at 11.55am. This magical experience is a great way to see in the Christmas holidays.

Adult £6.00
Adult with Child Under 3 on Knee £12.00
Child £9.50
ONE ADULT PER 10 CHILDREN GO FREE

For more information and to book call 0161 764 7790.

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