There are trains running today using the Blue Timetable 2018

Santa Specials

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    A Wonderful Winter Wonderland!
    Caption: A Wonderful Winter Wonderland!
    Meet Santa and his Happy Helpers
    Caption: Meet Santa and his Happy Helpers
    A Gift for Every Child
    Caption: A Gift for Every Child

    Christmas time, mince pies and mulled wine, engines steaming along the line ...

    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 celebration than visiting the East Lancashire 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.

    What's Included?

    • Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the beautiful Irwell Valley
    • Soak up the festive feeling provided by a traditional brass band and carol singing
    • Say hello to costumed characters on your journey
    • Be mesmerized by our on-board magician
    • Meet Santa and his happy helpers as they make their way through the carriages giving a gift to each child
    • Receive a biscuit and juice drink for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown-ups
    • Hunt for hidden treasure in Bury Transport Museum with the Great Christmas Treasure Hunt

    Dates & Times

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

    Green = Good Availability Orange = Limited Availability Red = Sold Out

    Please note that all trains will leave on time. We recommend you arrive at Bury Bolton Street Station 30 minutes before your Santa Special departure 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. If you would like to swap your child's gift, please speak to your carriage steward whilst on-board the train.

    Ticket Prices

    DateAdultAdult with Child Under 3 (on lap)Child 0 - 17
    25 - 26 Nov £14.80 £23.30 £11.60
    2 - 3 Dec £15.80 £24.10 £12.20
    9 - 10 Dec £16.80 £25.10 £13.20
    16 - 17 Dec £17.80 £27.80 £14.20
    21 - 23 Dec £17.80 £27.80 £14.20
    24 Dec £18.40 £28.20 £14.40

    Heywood Shuttle Trains

    Dates and Times

    Heywood Shuttle Times - 25 - 26 Nov, 2 - 3, 9 - 10, 16 - 17 & 21 - 23 Dec
    Heywood Dep N/A 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30 16:20 N/A
    Bury Arr N/A 09:03 09:53 10:43 11:33 12:23 13:13 14:03 14:53 15:43 16:33 N/A
     
    Bury Dep N/A 09:25 10:15 11:05 11:55 12:45 13:35 14:25 15;15 16:05 16:50 17:40
    Heywood Arr N/A 09:38 10:28 11:18 12:08 12:58 13:48 14:38 15:28 16:18 17:03 17:53
    Heywood Shuttle Times - 24 Dec
    Heywood Dep N/A 08:50 09:40 10:30 11:20 12:10 13:00 13:50 14:40 15:30
    Bury Arr N/A 09:03 09:53 10:43 11:33 12:23 13:13 14:03 14:53 15:43
                           
    Bury Dep N/A 09:25 10:15 11:05 11:55 12:45 13:35 14:25 15;15  
    Heywood Arr N/A 09:38 10:28 11:18 12:08 12:58 13:48 14:38 15:28  

    Prices

      AdvanceOn-the-Day
    Adult £1.00 £2.00
    Child (5 - 17 Years) £0.50 £1.00
    Child (Under 5 Years) FREE FREE

    Souvenir Santa Specials T-Shirt

    Treasure your Santa Specials experience with one of our souvenir Santa Specials T-Shirts! Available to pre-order at a discounted price, or to pick up on the day, our Santa Specials are a great way to see in the season and are fantastic for family photos!

    The following sizes are available:

    Children: 1 - 2 Years, 3 - 4 Years, 5 - 6 Years, 7 - 8 Years, 9 - 11 Years and 12 - 13 Years

    Adults: Small, Medium, Large and Extra Large

      AdvanceOn-the-Day
    Adult £7.00 £8.00
    Child £5.50 £7.50

    Getting Here

    The Santa Special Trains board and depart from Bury Bolton Street 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 1NH into a Sat Nav.

    For those travelling from other Greater Manchester destinations, it is recommended you travel via Metrolink. Bury Metrolink Stop is located just a few minutes walk from our Bury Bolton Street Station, more information can be found here "Getting Here with Metrolink".

    For more information on how to reach the East Lancashire Railway visit our "Getting Here" page.

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