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Santa Specials

 

We're running Santa Special Trains throughout December 2017 in the run-up to Christmas. You can choose between our very popular Santa Steam Specials or the more relaxed Santa Railcar Specials. Terms and Conditions are at the bottom of this page - please take a little time to read these if you are booking a Santa special.

 

Santa Railcar Special

01 From Toddington station by an early 1960's diesel rail car with Santa and his young elves on board the train, spending lots of time sitting with each family. The number of tickets sold on these trains will be limited, so you will have plenty of space for your family, and there is the added excitement of seeing Santa coming down the train talking to everyone and giving out excellent presents.

  • Travel by diesel railcar from Toddington over the viaduct to Buckland (or Lapland), then back towards Winchcombe before returning to Toddington.
  • A great festive spirit on the eleven mile round trip.
  • Goody bag consisting of activity sheet, pencils and sweets for all children on arrival.
  • Santa will travel on the train and visit you at your seat
  • Plenty of space on the train as we limit numbers
  • Complementary mince pies, hot and cold drinks, biscuits and fruit in a railway carriage after the train ride.
  • Top quality presents for the children.
  • Babies under 1 year old travel free (nominal present only).
  • An ideal visit for smaller children who may be afraid of Santa in a dark grotto.
  • The Santa experience lasts about an hour and a quarter.
  • Very limited facilities for the disabled
  • Free parking at Toddington station.

£14 per adult and £14 per child (age 1 to 14 years) with a £1 p&p fee per booking

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2017 Santa Railcar Special Dates and Times

Saturday 9th December 09.50 11.05 12.20 14.10 15.25
Sunday 10th December 09.50 11.05 12.20 14.10 15.25
Saturday 16th December 09.50 11.05 12.20 14.10 15.25
Sunday 17th December 09.50 11.05 12.20 14.10 15.25
Wednesday 20th December 09.50 11.05 12.20 14.10 15.25
Thursday 21st December 09.50 11.05 12.20 14.10 15.25

 

Santa Steam Special

02From Cheltenham Racecourse Station by steam train all the way to Winchcombe (or the North Pole!) through the long tunnel, and visit Santa and his elves in his grotto. When you arrive at Winchcombe the elves will meet you off the train, and make sure you have plenty of time to visit Santa and receive excellent presents especially selected by him for each age group before your train returns to Cheltenham.

  • Travel by steam-hauled train from Cheltenham to the North Pole (at Winchcombe) to meet Santa and then back to Cheltenham.
  • A great festive spirit on the fourteen mile round trip.
  • Activity sheet and crayons on the train.
  • Visit Santa in his grotto surrounded by twinkling lights and lots of presents.
  • Complementary mince pies, hot and cold drinks, biscuits and fruit in the station coffee shop.
  • Top quality presents for the children.
  • Babies under 1 year old travel free (nominal present only).
  • Facilities for the disabled on the train subject to booking by telephone in advance
  • The Santa experience lasts about an hour and three quarters (but allow longer in case of unexpected delays)
  • Free parking at Cheltenham Racecourse station but please note there is NO access to Winchcombe Station.

£16 per adult and £16 per child (age 1 to 14 years) with a £1 p&p fee per booking

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2017 Santa Steam Special Dates and Times

Saturday 2nd December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Sunday 3rd December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Saturday 9th December  09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Sunday 10th December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Saturday 16th December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Sunday 17th December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Wednesday 20th December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Thursday 21st December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Friday 22nd December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Saturday 23rd December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
Sunday 24th December 09.40 11.25 13.10 14.55
 

Terms and Conditions

Ticket prices for the Steam Special are £16 each for adults and £16 each for children (age 1 to 14 years) and, for the Railcar, are £14.00 each for adults and £14.00 each for children (age 1 to 14 years). There is no booking fee or ticket handling charge but there is a £1 p&p fee per order. Children under one year old may travel free and don't require a ticket provided they don't occupy a seat. They will receive a small token gift.

If you wish to make a booking for people with special needs or in a wheelchair, it is important you contact us by telephone (01242 621405) before you book so that we may tailor your visit to your requirements. Regrettably there is no space for wheelchairs on our diesel railcars.

We will consider refunds on their merit if cancellations are made at least 14 days prior to travel. Unfortunately refunds cannot be considered after this time. Requests for refunds should be made by telephone and confirmed by e-mail. An administration fee of £10 will apply to all refunds.

We will try to accommodate alterations if requested at least fourteen days prior to travel, and provided there are seats available on the new date. An administration fee of £10 will apply to all alterations.

Although every effort will be made to run the trains as advertised, the GWSR reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend services without notice. The liability in the event of cancellation will be limited to a refund of the appropriate part of the fare.

In the event of inclement weather resulting in the GWSR being unable to operate Santa Specials, a notice will appear as soon as possible on our website and a refund will be made. Where you have given us your mobile telephone number at the time of booking, we will endeavour to advise you of any such cancellation by text.

Presents are not intended for children over the age of 14.

Adults and children's tickets are NOT interchangeable.

On the day of your visit, please make sure you are fully aware of the departure station and that you have your tickets with you as without them, you will be unable to visit Santa. The e-mail confirmation is not your ticket.

Tickets purchased during the week before travel will not be posted to you but will instead be available for collection from Cheltenham Station (Steam Santas) or Toddington Station (Railcar Santas).

Not all children like dogs - we have been asked to encourage pet owners to leave their dogs at home or in their car. This does not apply to guide dogs.

The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is operated by qualified volunteers and owned by the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway plc whose registered office for all communications is The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire, GL54 5DT.

Car parking at Toddington and Cheltenham Race Course stations is free. Users of our car parks do so at their own risk. The management will not accept responsibility for any damage, accidents or losses.

Please note Winchcombe Station is closed to visitors throughout this period. There is no entry onto the station platforms.

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