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The East Lancashire Railway presents… great ideas for presents!

Last Christmas you gave them your heart, and admittedly that’s a pretty tough gift to top but the East Lancashire Railway is on hand to help out with some brilliant gift ideas. Take a tour of the local area on a guided Rail Ale Trail, eat, drink and be merry on a Dining with Distinction service or fulfil childhood dreams with a Drive a Train Experience! With so many options there’s sure to be something to stick under the tree!

Dining Experiences

The perfect gift for the gastro gal or foodie fella in your life! Our Dining with Distinction services are steam train hauled luxury dining experience, guaranteed to transport you back in time where to dine by train was the height of sophistication and elegance! The evening Red Rose Diners represent the jewel in the crown of our culinary efforts, offering an unforgettable atmosphere and luxury surroundings, while the afternoon Lancastrian Lunches are ideal for a Sunday family feast, and we haven’t even begun to talk about our Murder Mystery Nights, Gin, Wine and Whisky Tasting Dinners and of course our brand new Comedy Dinner Shows!

Find out more about Dining With Distinction

How to Purchase a Dining Experience Voucher

  1. Choose your Dining Experience: Visit the Dining with Distinction website and take a look at the many experiences available.
  2. Create your voucher: Visit the Purchase a Gift Voucher page, check the box next to the "Please enter an amount for this gift voucher:" line and enter your chosen value into the box. The price per person for our 2019 Dining with Distinction experiences is detailed below:

Red Rose Diner: £56.00 (Adults Only)

Premium Night: £72.00 (Adults Only)

Tasting Dinner (Gin, Wine or Whisky): £80.00 (Adults Only)

Burns Night: £56.00 (Adults Only)

Valentine's Night: £60.00 (Adults Only)

Comedy Dinner Show: £72.00 (Adults Only)

Murder Mystery Night: £72.00 (Adults Only)

Lancastrian Lunch: £50.00 = Adult, £40.00 = Child

Festive Diner: £56.00 (Adults Only)

Festive Lunch: £50.00 = Adult. £40.00 = Child

Mid-Week Luncheon: £40.00 = Adult, £30.00 = Child

3. Personalise your voucher: Personalise your present and complete the two boxes in the "Options" section and click "Add to Order". Don't worry if you don't want to personalise your voucher, just leave the "Options" boxes blank and proceed by clicking "Add to Order".

4. Check your Shopping Basket and click "Proceed Securely" to purchase your voucher.

Dining Experience Vouchers are sold as Activity Vouchers and therefore the amount can be used against Dining with Distinction Experiences as well as other East Lancashire Railway products, including selected special events, Drive a Train experiences, Rail Ale Trails and Photography Courses. The vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, however must be redeemed the day before expiry. 

Rail Ale Trails

Whether your family member or friend is batty about beer or gets hysterical about history, they will be delighted to unwrap this on Christmas Day! Our Rail Ale Trails see our visitors join an expert guide on a tour through the Irwell Valley, with plenty of time for local ales and a surfeit of steam train travel. Listen to the fascinating folk tales from Lancashire, all whilst sampling some locally brewed bevvies.

Find out more about our Rail Ale Trails.

Vouchers for 2019 Rail Ale Trails will be available to purchase soon.

Drive a Train Experiences

If you know a loco lover you may wish to pick them up a Drive a Train Experience and make their childhood dreams come true! ”Engine drivers in training” will step behind the valves and levers, or the buttons and dials, of a heritage steam or diesel engine, and get hands-on with our magnificent machines. Each experience includes a hot lunch and a guided tour behind the scenes of the locomotive works.

Find out more about our Drive a Train Experiences.

How to Purchase a Drive a Train Experience Voucher

1. Choose your Drive a Train Experience: If the recipient is a steam supremo then select our Drive a Steam Train Experience. If the recipient is a diesel devotee then select our Drive a Diesel Train Experience.

2. Create your voucher: Visit the Purchase a Gift Voucher page, check the box next to the "Please enter an amount for this gift voucher:" line and enter your chosen value into the box. The price per person for our 2019 Drive a Train Experiences is detailed below:

Drive a Diesel Train Experience: £340.00 (Adults Only)

Drive a Steam Train Experience: £425.00 (Adults Only)

3. Personalise your voucher: Personalise your present and complete the two boxes in the "Options" section and click "Add to Order". Don't worry if you don't want to personalise your voucher, just leave the "Options" boxes blank and proceed by clicking "Add to Order".

4. Check your Shopping Basket and click "Proceed Securely" to purchase your voucher.

The Drive a Train Experience Vouchers are sold as Activity Vouchers and therefore the amount can be used against Drive a Train Experiences as well as other East Lancashire Railway products, including selected special events, Dining with Distinction experiences, Rail Ale Trails and Photography Courses. The vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase. Our Drive a Train Experiences are very popular, so we recommend the recipient getting in contact to book a date as soon as possible. 

Additional Details

We advise that anyone wishing to purchase one of our Drive a Train Experiences read our Terms and Conditions here. The courses can be labour intensive so we suggest that you make sure prior to booking that yourself or the intended recipient will be able to enjoy the experience to the full.

Photography Courses

Need a snappy gift for a shutterbug? Well why not give them a picture-perfect moment with one of our expertly led Photography Courses? These courses are the perfect pressie whether the recipient is a complete novice or an advanced veteran. The day out will combine learning new skills with on-location photography around the line, signal boxes and engine sheds.

Find out more about our Photography Courses.

Vouchers for 2019 Photography Courses will be available to purchase soon.

Activity Vouchers

Just can’t decide between the amazing gifts on offer? Purchase an Activity Voucher and let your friend or family member choose for themselves. Our Activity Vouchers can be redeemed against most of the products we offer, including selected special events, Rail Ale Trails, Drive a Train Experiences, Photography Courses and even Dining Experiences.

Find out more about our Activity Vouchers.

How to Purchase an Activity Voucher

1. Create your voucher: Visit the Purchase a Gift Voucher page, check the box next to the "Please enter an amount for this gift voucher:" line and enter your chosen value into the box.

2. Personalise your voucher: Personalise your present and complete the two boxes in the "Options" section and click "Add to Order". Don't worry if you don't want to personalise your voucher, just leave the "Options" boxes blank and proceed by clicking "Add to Order".

3. Check your Shopping Basket and click "Proceed Securely" to purchase your voucher.

Activity Vouchers can be used as full or part payment for an array of East Lancashire Railway products, including selected special events, Rail Ale Trails, Drive a Train Experiences, Photography Courses and Dining Experiences. The vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, however must be redeemed the day before expiry. 

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