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Santa Specials

Dates for this event

  • 21st November 2020,
  • 22nd November 2020,
  • 28th November 2020,
  • 29th November 2020,
  • 5th December 2020,
  • 6th December 2020,
  • 12th December 2020,
  • 13th December 2020,
  • 19th December 2020,
  • 20th December 2020,
  • 21st December 2020,
  • 22nd December 2020,
  • 23rd December 2020,
  • 24th December 2020
Santa in a train
Decorations
Children's presents
Train in the snow

EAST LANCS RAILWAY IS THE HOME OF CHRISTMAS - AND SANTA'S ON BOARD!

It's been a strange sort of year, and like most of you we are desperate to return to some kind of normality. That's why we're thrilled to announce that, as it has for over 30 years, the East Lancashire Railway is once again becoming the home of Christmas magic with the return of our legendary Santa Specials!

While it may not be exactly the same as you remember it, our elves have been working their little pointed socks off to ensure that the atmosphere that has enchanted families year in and year out for three decades has remained intact.

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Upon arrival, admire the beautifully dressed Bury Bolton Street Station with its many Christmas trees and decorations.
  • Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley - journey time approximately 80 minutes
  • Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with a beautifully decorated train interior
  • Meet Santa and his elves as they provide a gift to every child
  • Receive an activity pack for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown ups
  • NEW FOR 2020: Journey in style with a private compartment coach, limited space available so don't miss out

DONT TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT!

"A really lovely day out. Our 5 year old loves trains and we have visited other days out on the railway but I have to say this one was brilliant. The staff on board are very good and friendly, we all really enjoyed our day and our gifts." - 07Cinta, Tripadvisor

"Came here with my youngest daughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were exceptional and were right in the groove and the steam train added to the nostalgia. Love it, everyone should try this. highly recommended!" - KarlB, Tripadvisor

"We took our 5 year old granddaughter for the Santa Special. From the minute we stepped into the station the level of enthusiasm from the staff was totally infectious. We handn't a clue what to expect but we loved every single second!" - Donna-Marie, Tripadvisor

"Absoloutely amazing first experience of the East Lancashire Railway, the Santa Special was such a wondeful experience. I went with my husband, in-laws and 20 month old son and he loved every minute. Such a magical time for the whole family!" - Heidi W, Tripadvisor

DATES & TIMES

Choose your date and time from the table below and click the highlighted text to book online. If you would prefer to book via phone, please call our Santa Specials Ticket Hotline on 0343 208 1858.

21 Nov   10:30   12:30   14:30   16:30
22 Nov   10:30   12:30   14:30   16:30
28 Nov 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
29 Nov 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
5 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
6 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
12 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
13 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
19 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
20 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
21 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
22 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
23 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
24 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30    

Availability: Green - Good Availability, Orange = Limited Availability, red = Few Seats Left

Please note that all trains will leave on time. Visitors must not arrive earlier than 55 minutes prior to departure, and no later that 15 minutes before departure from Bury Bolton Street Station. 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 childs gift, please speak to your carriage steward whilst on board the train.

PRICES

Date Adult OR Child (aged 0 - 17) Adult with Child Under 2 (child unseated)

Compartment for up to 6 people

(Tickets available soon)

21 - 22 Nov £17.00 £27.50 £135.00
28 - 29 Nov £18.00 £29.00 £145.00
5 - 6 Dec £20.00 £31.00 £159.00
12 - 13 Dec £21.00 £32.00 £165.00
19 - 20 Dec £22.00 £33.00 £169.00
21 - 23 Dec £23.00 £34.00 £179.00
24 Dec £25.00 £36.00 £195.00

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, includng 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 Heywood Shuttle:

Park for free at our Heywood Station Car Park (OL10 1NH) and take the diesel Heywood Shuttle (see below) to Bury. There are regular shuttle services to and from Bury Bolton Street Station, connecting with the Santa Special services. Please note: tickets for the Park & Ride Heywood Shuttle will be available shortly, and need to be booked in advance. There will be no "walk-on" fares available.

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.

HEYWOOD SHUTTLE

21 - 22 Nov
Heywood Dep 09:55 11:55 13:55 15:55
Bury Arr 10:10 12:10 14:10 16:10
Bury Dep 12:25 14:25 16:25 18:15
Heywood Arr 12:40 14:40 16:40 18:30

 

28 - 29 Nov, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 - 23 Dec
Heywood Dep 08:55 09:55 10:55 11:55 12:55 13:55 14:55 15:55
Bury Arr 09:10 10:10 11:10 12:10 13:10 14:10 15:10 16:10
Bury Dep 11:25 12:25 13:25 14:25 15:25 16:25 17:25 18:15
Heywood Arr 11:40 12:40 13:40 14:40 15:40 16:40 17:40 18:30

 

24 Dec
Heywood Dep 08:55 09:55 10:55 11:55 12:55 13:55
Bury Arr 09:10 10:10 11:10 12:10 13:10 14:10
Bury Dep 11:25 12:25 13:25 14:25 15:25 16:25
Heywood Arr 11:40 12:40 13:40 14:40 15:40 16:40


Shuttle Prices

  Advance Booking
Adult £2.00
Child £1.00

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