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Caption: Get Christmas all wrapped up with the ELR!
Caption: Dine with Distinction at Manchester's No.1 Restaurant
Caption: Treat a loved one to a steam train dining experience!
Caption: From fine dining affairs ...
Caption: ... to traditional afternoon tea
Caption: Make a childhood dream come true!
Caption: Drive, fire and guard a steam train
Caption: Drive, secondman and guard a diesel train
Caption: The ideal gift for your loco lover
Caption: Give the picture perfect gift this Christmas
Caption: Get up close to our heritage engines
Caption: Go behind the scenes at our Loco Works ...
Caption: ... and even in one of our signal boxes
Caption: Have a Merry Christmas with a Rail Ale Trail
Caption: Enjoy an expert led tour ...
Caption: and some local refreshments!
Caption: All aboard for a steam powered pub crawl!

All I want for Christmas is… a wide variety of steam-powered surprises!

He might make a list, he might even check it twice, but we know that Santa has a lot on his plate this time of year, so we’re helping him out with a partridge packed pear-tree of brilliant gift ideas. From dining behind a steam train to even driving one, you’re sure to find the perfect pressie to put under the tree!

Dining with Distinction

An ideal present for those with a taste for the finer things in life, our Dining With Distinction services represent the epitome of culinary luxury, sending you back to a bygone era when to dine by steam was the height of sophistication. If you have a friend who is a fan of Agatha Christie or A Brief Encounter this is for them!

There are a wide range of options available from sumptuous evening diners and murder mystery events to comedy dinners and even a spirit tasting experience!

HOW TO PURCHASE A DINING WITH DISTINCTION EXPERIENCE VOUCHER

1. Choose your Dining with Distinction Experience: Visit the Dining with Distinction website and take a look at the many experiences available.

2. Create your voucher: Visit the Activity Vouchers page and click "Buy". 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 2020 Dining with Distinction experiences is detailed below:

Red Rose Diner: £58.00 (Adults Only)

Premium Night: £80.00 (Adults Only)

Tasting Dinner (Gin or Wine): £78.00 (Adults Only)

Burns Night: £58.00 (Adults Only)

Valentine's Night: £65.00 (Adults Only)

Comedy Dinner Show: £75.00 (Adults Only)

Murder Mystery Night: £75.00 (Adults Only)

Lancastrian Lunch: £49.00 = Adult, £39.00 = Child

Festive Diner: £58.00 (Adults Only)

Festive Lunch: £49.00 = Adult. £39.00 = Child

Mid-Week Luncheon: £39.00 = Adult, £29.00 = Child

Traditional Afternoon Tea: £39.00 = Adult and 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.

Drive a Train

The ultimate present for the loco loving loved one in your life, or for those with a thirst for adventure. Lucky “engine drivers in training” will step behind the controls of their own heritage steam or diesel locomotive for the day and become a real member of the crew as they try their hands at driving, firing or second manning and even guarding. You haven’t really seen the ELR until you’ve seen it from the footplate!

Each experience includes a hot lunch and a guided tour behind the scenes of the railway, and there's even the option to bring along guests.

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 Activity Vouchers page and click "Buy". 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 2020 Drive a Train Experiences is detailed below:

Drive a Diesel Train Experience: £359.00 (Adults Only)

Drive a Steam Train Experience: £449.00 (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.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

We advise that anyone wishing to purchase one of our Drive a Train Experiences read our Terms and Conditions. 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

What do you get the shutterbug who has everything? Why not treat them to a photography experience on the East Lancashire Railway? These courses have everything for both budding photographers and seasoned snappers alike, featuring expert tuition and breathtaking on location photography, it’s perfect whether the attendee wants to pick up some new skills or simply take some astounding shots from areas not ordinarily open to the public.

The experience even includes a guided tour around the locomotive works so that photographers can get really up close and personal with the engines.

HOW TO PURCHASE A PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE VOUCHER

1. Choose your Photography Course Experience: Some of our Photography Experiences are themed around ELR special events so you may want to give more thought to which experience your friend or family member would like to attend.

2. Create your voucher: Visit the Activity Vouchers page and click "Buy". 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 Photography Experiences is detailed below (2020 prices will be confirmed soon):

Photography Course Experience: £130 per person

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.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

We advise that anyone wishing to purchase one of our Photography Experiences read our Terms and Conditions. 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.

Rail Ale Trails

Everyone has that one friend who fancies themselves as a real ale connoisseur, with an encyclopaedic knowledge of local breweries, hops and grain. Give them a special treat with a trip on a guided Rail Ale Trail, where they will join an expert tour guide on a steam powered pub crawl around the Irwell Valley's finest pubs, bars and micro-breweries.

Learn more about the region’s history, listen to amusing anecdotes and obviously sample one or two locally brewed bevvies along the way, there are even special themed trails available for those looking for something a little different.

HOW TO PURCHASE A RAIL ALE TRAIL EXPERIENCE VOUCHER

1. Choose your Rail Ale Trail Experience: There are a host of themed experiences to choose from so pick the one that is right for your reciepient.

2. Create your voucher: Visit the Activity Vouchers page and click "Buy". 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 Rail Ale Trail Experiences is detailed below (2020 prices will be confirmed soon):

Rail Ale Trail Experiences: £41.50 per person (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.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

We advise that anyone wishing to purchase one of our Rail Ale Trail Experiences read our Terms and Conditions. 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.

Voucher Information

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

Activity Vouchers

Still struggling to make up your mind? Purchase an Activity Voucher, for your chosen amount, and let your friend or family member choose for themselves! Our Activity Vouchers can be redeemed against nearly all of the products we offer, up to and including special events, Rail Ale Trails, Drive a Train Experiences, Photography Courses and even Dining Experiences.

HOW TO PURCHASE AN ACTIVITY VOUCHER

1. Visit the Activity Vouchers page and click "Buy". 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.

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