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  • Santa

    Start your celebrations in style with a steam train ride with Santa and his team of happy helpers on our Santa Specials, 30 Nov – 1 Dec, 7 – 8, 14 – 15, 19 – 24 Dec.

    • Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the beautiful 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 hand-wrapped gift to each child.
    • Receive a chocolate lolly, juice drink and bespoke activity pack for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown-ups.
    • Take home an ELR branded drawstring bag for children - the perfect souvenir of your special day out.
    • Hunt for hidden clues in Bury Transport Museum with the Great Christmas Treasure Hunt.

    Find out more and book now.

  • Pirates

    Swash your buckle and shiver your timbers, a band of Scurvy Dogs have found a new target – The Train! Search for hidden treasure and try to capture and keelhaul the killer, all whilst enjoying some top grub and grog.

    The menu features:

    • Tuscan Tuna & White Bean Salad with a mustard dill mousse
    • Sauteed Steak and Portobello Mushroom with a cracked peppercorn sauce
    • Woodland Forest Fruit Cheesecake with berry coulis and Chantilly cream

    The Experience includes:

    • A Beautiful 2 and ¾ hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley
    • A welcome glass of fizz
    • A three course meal followed by tea or coffee and after dinner chocolates
    • Murder Mystery entertainment by the award-winning After Dark Murder Mystery Events

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  • Afternoon Tea

    Treat yourself to a quintessentially British Afternoon out on the East Lancashire Railway. Relax in the opulent surrounds of one of our first class dining carriages! New dates have been added so that you can indulge yourself to your hearts content! join us on:

    • 12, 20 Jul 2019
    • 2, 16 Aug 2019
    • 7, 20, 27 Sep 2019

    The menu features:

    • A slice of Homemade Sausage Plait
    • Crispy Filo Parcels with Leek Ribbons
    • Lancashire Cheese and Homemade Chutney on Granary Bread
    • Topside of Beef, Roasted Vine Tomatoes and Horseradish Sauce on White Bread
    • Free Range Egg Mayonnaise, Watercress and Rocket on Wholemeal Bread
    • Homemade Scone with Strawberry Conserve and Clotted Cream
    • A selection of mini Cakes
    • Tea and Coffee

    Tickets cost £39 per person.


  • Wizard Shenanigans

    Climb aboard for one of our brand new Comedy Dinner Shows, an evening of interactive entertainment and delicious food hosted by award-winning theatre troupe After Dark Entertainment!

    For this culinary escapade enter the World of Wizards on the 21 June! Join a crew of wacky warlocks and silly sorceresses as you race to stop a disastrous magical prophecy from coming true, and have a giggle or three along the way.

    The five star menu features:

    • Ham Hock, Pea & Mustard Pâté with a crisp salad and chutney
    • Garlic & Herb Crusted Chicken Breast with a mushroom and white wine sauce
    • Terry’s Chocolate Orange Gateau with fresh cream

    Each experience includes a 2 and ¾ hour steam train ride through the Irwell Valley, a welcome glass of fizz, a three course meal followed by a hot drink, after dinner choccies and comedy entertainment provided by After Dark Entertainment.

    Tickets for this experience now cost £50 per person, a discount of over 30%. Don’t miss out!


  • Father and Son

    Whatever kind of Dad you have, from hip and moustachioed to thrill seeking action man, the East Lancashire Railway has a gift to suit.

    Foodie fans will adore our Luxury Dining Experiences whilst lovers of history and artisanal ales will enjoy our Rail Ale Trail’s. For snap-happy pappy’s we have the Photography Experiences, expert led courses designed for budding or veteran shutterbugs, and for those that dream of driving a train we have the Drive a Train Experiences!

    Find out more about all of our brilliant gift ideas and pick up your own here!

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