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Santa Specials

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    Santa in a train
    Children's presents
    Train in the snow


    (Updated 02 Dec 2020) 5 - 6 and 12 - 13 Dec Cancelled.

    Find out more here.

    Following the publication of the new Tier 3 regulations by the Government, and guidance from Bury Council, regrettably there is not enough preparation time for us to adapt our service and operate Santa Specials over the next two weekends.

    As a result, Santa Specials covering the weekends 5-6 and 12-13 December will unfortunately have to be cancelled.

    Discussions continue with Bury Council to understand if the ELR can make changes to its operations, in order to run a Covid-secure service that complies with new Tier 3 regulations. Once those discussions are concluded customers who are booked onto Santa Specials for the remaining dates from 19 December onwards will be updated.

    Refunds will be available for passengers booked onto the Santa weekends 5-6 & 12-13 December. Passengers do not need to take any action as these will be processed automatically. However, passengers may wish to hold off on seeking a refund until discussions with Bury Council have been concluded, as a Santa Specials experience may still be available before Christmas and existing ticket holders will be able to transfer to this new experience if they wish to.


    We are working within governemt guidelines (which are subject to change). Please be aware that entertainment from previous years such as the brass band or close up magicians may not be available whilst these restrictions are in place. We strive to offer entertainment and activities that are appropriate for the whole family.


    "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


    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.

    Watch this space for further updates.

    19 Dec 09:30 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30 17:30
    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

    Compartment Coaches are now on sale. Call 0333 320 2830 to book now, compartment coach tickets cannot be purchased on line. Compartment coaches are available on the below trains:

    5 - 24 Dec 09:30 11:30 13:30 15:30

    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.


    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 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.

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