The East Lancashire Railway is inviting five local heroes to attend the new and improved Santa Specials event this December – all you have to do is nominate someone you think deserves it!

Five heroes will be selected to attend our renowned Santa Specials event for free with their families for a truly magical day out. They will kick-start their Christmas festivities by making their way through the enhanced winter wonderland at Bury where they will meet colourful Christmas characters like the magical talking Christmas Tree, Mrs Clause, an Ice Princess and more.

The fun will continue aboard one of the railway’s heritage steam trains where they will meet even more Christmas friends, including Santa himself who will be handing out gifts while the merry old brass band plays some Christmas faves. Grown-ups can look forward to a mince pie and tipple or soft drink whilst little ones can get stuck into chocolates, juice and the new festive activity packs.

Find out more about the event here.

If you have a local hero that you believe deserves an extra special Christmas experience, complete the form below. We will need:

  • The person’s name
  • The reason they deserve to win the Santa Special experience
  • Their contact details (provided you have consent to share them)

Nominate them here.

Terms and Conditions

Entrants to this promotion are bound by these terms and conditions.

Prize: winner will receive 1x table of four seats for the 16:10 Santa Specials train on Wednesday 21st December. Winners to arrive 30 minutes before train departure time.

How to enter: To enter, a person must fill in the entry form here. Entries can be made by the person, or people can nominate others, provided they have their consent to share their contact details. Entries with no contact email and number will be void. Entries cannot be made via any other platform or post. No purchase necessary. Internet access is required.

Who can enter: The promotion is open to anyone aged 18+ or over, excluding employees or immediate families or households of East Lancashire Railway, aka the promoter or its associated companies and any employee or agent or their immediate families or households of any organisation professionally associated with the competition. Only one entry per post per person. Multiple or incomplete entries will not be accepted. Entrants will be required to provide photographic ID upon entry to claim their tickets. Entries open to volunteers who are not employed by the Promoter. Maximum of two volunteers to be selected as winners.

Closing date: Entries can be made between 1 December and 12th December 2022. Entries made after this time will be void. The winner will be notified on Wednesday 14th December.

How to win: Winner will be selected from a panel of judges, including long standing volunteers at East Lancashire Railway. The winner will be notified by the Promoter by email within 72 hours of the closing date. If any winner cannot be contacted or does not confirm acceptance of the prize within 48 hours of being notified they have won, or if the prize is declined, an alternative winner will be chosen and the previous winner will forfeit all rights to their prize.

Failed entries: No responsibility can be accepted for entries lost, late, incomplete, incorrect, invalid, unintelligible, misdirected or not received for whatever reason, which will be disqualified. Neither the Promoter nor any appointed agent will accept responsibility for any technical, network, computer hardware or software failures of any kind or any unauthorised intervention in any part of the entry process or the processing of entries.

Void entries: All entries must be made directly by the person entering the promotion. No entrant can use their computer to enable multiple entries, (e.g. by the use of ‘script’ or ‘brute force’ or the use of automated devices or processes). In this event, that person’s entry and all associated multiple entries will be disqualified and any prize award will be void. Third party or bulk registrations will be excluded from this promotion.

Disqualification: The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any individual it finds to be tampering with the operation of the promotion or to be acting in violation of these terms and conditions, and reserves their right to instigate criminal or civil proceedings accordingly. The Promoter reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to remove and disqualify any entry that does not adhere to these terms and conditions.

Publicity: The name of the winner will be posted on the East Lancashire Railway social media pages and website. The name and country of the winner will be available on request for a period of 3 months after the promotion has closed by contacting the Promoter. The winner will be required to take part in any other publicity accompanying or resulting from this competition, i.e quotes and images from visit for a press release.  By entering this competition all entrants hereby assign to the promoter the complete copyright and all other intellectual property rights whatsoever in any promotional and advertising material and similar which arises out of or is in connection with this competition.

Data Protection: By entering the competition, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete. Any personal data relating to entrants will be used in accordance with the East Lancashire Railway Privacy Policy and current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party outside other than is absolutely necessary so as to fulfil the prize offered under this competition without the individual’s prior consent. If entrants elect to receive marketing information (where option available), we shall provide such communications in line with the data protection legislation.

Liability: Under no circumstances will entrants be permitted to obtain awards for, and entrants hereby waive all rights to claim, indirect, punitive, incidental and consequential damages and any other damages, other than actual out-of-pocket expenses, and any and all rights to have damages otherwise increased. To the extent permitted by law, the promoter is not liable for any injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, from any entrant’s participation in the prize draw or from any prize. For any other matter, the promoter’s entire liability is limited to one thousand pounds.

No endorsement: This competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by or associated with Facebook or Instagram any other social media platform.

Disputes: In the event of any dispute regarding the promotion, the decision of the Promoter is final and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant if it has reasonable grounds to believe the entrant has breached any of these terms and conditions.

Change to promotion: The Promoter will take all reasonable steps to avoid causing undue disappointment to consumers but reserves the right to amend or withdraw this promotion where necessary if circumstances arise that are beyond its control.

No waiver: The Promoter’s failure to enforce any of these terms and conditions shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Jurisdiction: All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these terms and conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the parties hereby agree to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.

Promoter: East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 0EY. All communications regarding this competition should be forwarded in writing to