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Santa Specials

Dates for this event

  • 24th November 2018,
  • 25th November 2018,
  • 1st December 2018,
  • 2nd December 2018,
  • 8th December 2018,
  • 9th December 2018,
  • 15th December 2018,
  • 16th December 2018,
  • 21st December 2018,
  • 22nd December 2018,
  • 23rd December 2018,
  • 24th December 2018
Steam engine running through frost covered countryside
Caption: Steam through a Winter Wonderland
Santa on a Train
Caption: Meet costumed characters and, of course, Santa

Tis the Season

Kick start your Christmas celebrations with a steam train ride through our very own winter wonderland, the Irwell Valley, on what has become a firm family favourite in the North West!

What’s included?

    • Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley
    • Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere provided by a traditional brass band and carol singing
    • Admire the beautifully decorated Bury Bolton Street Station with its hundreds of Christmas trees
    • Say hello to costumed characters on your journey
    • Be mesmerized by our on-board magician
    • Meet Santa and his elves as they travel through the train 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 clues in Bury Transport Museum with the Great Christmas Treasure Hunt

Pick your Date and Time

 24 Nov 9:30 10:20  11:10  12:00  12:50  13:40  14:30  15:20   
 25 Nov 9:30  10:20  11:10  12:00  12:50  13:40  14:30  15:20   
 01 Dec 09:30 10:20  11:10  12:00  12:50  13:40  14:30  15:20  16:10 
 02 Dec 09:30  10:20 11:10  12:00  12:50  13:40  14:30  15:20  16:10 
 08 Dec 09:30  10:20  11:10  12:00  12:50  13:40  14:30  15:20  16:10 
 09 Dec 09:30 10:20  11:10  12:00  12:50  13:40  14:30  15:20  16:10 
 15 Dec 09:30  10:20  11:10  12:00 12:50  13:40  14:30  15:20  16:10 
 16 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       

 Availability: Green = Good Availability, Orange = Limited Availability, Red = Few Seats Left

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 Information, Prices and Getting Here

 DateAdult Child (aged 0 - 17) Adult with Child Under 3 (child unseated) 
24 - 25 Nov  £16.00 £13.00  £25.00 
01 - 02 Dec  £17.50 £14.50  £27.50 
08 -09 Dec £17.50 £14.50  £27.50 
15 - 16 Dec £18.50  £16.00  £29.50 
21 - 23 Dec £18.50  £16.00 £29.50 
24 Dec £20.00 £17.00 £31.50 

Pick Present Age Categories

The child’s ticket age category indicates the age-appropriate gift given by Santa. If your child is at the upper end of an age category, please consider moving them to the next category to ensure they receive an appropriate gift.

  • Under 3
  • 3- 5 years
  • 6- 9 years
  • 10 – 13 years
  • 14 – 17 years

Getting Here

The East Lancashire Railway is located in the heart of Bury, easily accessible by all forms of transport:

By Car:

Major road links, including M60, M62 and M66, and parking are near to Bury Bolton Street Station. Bury Bolton Street Station Car Park has limited space, however Bury boasts a number of other facilities close to the station. Charges apply. A map of all car parks will be added to our website shortly.

By Public Transport:

Bury Interchange provides both bus and tram services throughout Greater Manchester and is just a few minutes’ walk from Bury Bolton Street Station. For times visit www.tfgm.com or call 0871 200 2233.

By Park & Ride:

Park for free at our Heywood Station Car Park (OL10 1NH) and take the diesel Heywood Shuttle to Bury. There are regular shuttle services to and from Bury Bolton Street Station allowing sufficient time to see the sights and visit the shop. Heywood Shuttles depart every 50 minutes starting at 8:50am.

Heywood Shuttle Dates

24 Nov Book Now
25 Nov Book Now 
01 Dec Book Now
02 Dec Book Now
08 Dec Book Now
09 Dec Book Now
15 Dec Book Now
16 Dec

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21 Dec Book Now
22 Dec Book Now
23 Dec Book Now
24 Dec Book Now

Availability: Green = Good Availability, Orange = Limited Availability, Red = Few Seats Left

Heywood Shuttle Times

 Heywood Shuttle Times - 24 - 25 Nov, 1 - 2, 8- 9, 15 - 16, 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   
Hey  Arr N/A  09:38 10:28  11:18  12:08  12:58  13:48  14:38  15:28   

 

Heywood Shuttle Prices 

  Advance BookingPay on Day
Adult £1  £2 
Child 50p  £1 

Accessibilty

The East Lancashire Railway welcomes people of all abilities and we strive to make sure we are easily accessible to everyone. Therefore, we encourage you to get in touch if you have any questions or requirements, and we will do our best to help you plan your visit. We have an accessible carriage on each Santa train should you require ramped access to the train, or a quieter area to enjoy the experience. This carriage can only be booked over the phone, or in person at Bury Station. You can contact us on 0333 320 2830 and press option two twice, or you can email us at customer.services@eastlancsrailway.co.uk.

All of our stations offer step-free access and disabled toilet facilities are available on most operating days at Bury, Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall and Heywood Stations as well as Bury Transport Museum. If you have any questions or further requirements, please get in touch.

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