Santa EXPRESS 2022


Travel Information and Terms & Conditions are further down this page - please take a little time to read these if you are booking one of our Santa experiences


Santa Express


Travel from Cheltenham Race Course Station  to the North Pole (Winchcombe) where you’ll meet Santa and his elves in a magical winter wonderland.

  • Travel by loco-hauled train from Cheltenham to the North Pole (at Winchcombe) to meet Santa and then back to Cheltenham.
  • Walk through a Christmas wonderland and visit Santa in his grotto.
  • Complimentary hot mince pies, hot and cold drinks, biscuits and fruit available from the Coffee Pot Café, with seating in a heated marquee.
  • Top quality presents for the children.
  • Babies under 1 year old require a ticket but travel free and receive a nominal present only.
  • Limited facilities for those with disabilities on the trains - please telephone before booking to confirm that there is space on your chosen train.
  • Your Santa experience lasts about two and a quarter hours (but allow longer in case of unexpected delays).
  • We regret that dogs are not permitted on the Santa Express. This does not apply to assistance dogs.
  • Please note, this is a family event and not suitable for all-adult bookings.
  • Free parking at Cheltenham Race Course Station.
  • Great photo opportunities: Santa's Sleigh, by the Loco, Selfie Frames

£25 per adult and £25 per child (age 1 to 14 years on the date of travel)

(plus £1 p&p fee per booking if tickets mailed out)


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2022 Santa Express Dates and Times

Saturday 26th Nov 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Sunday 27th Nov 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Saturday 3rd Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Sunday 4th Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Saturday 10th Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Sunday 11th Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Saturday 17th Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Sunday 18th Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Wednesday 21st Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Thursday 22nd Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15
Friday 23rd Dec 10.00 11.45 13.30 15.15




Travel Information and Terms & Conditions


Please take time to read the travel information and Terms & Conditions below. Use the quick links to go directly to a subject.



Booking and tickets


All journeys start and finish at Cheltenham Race Course Station (GL50 4SH).


All tickets must be pre-booked (but please see additional information about wheelchair bookings below); there are no tickets on sale at the station.

When booking, you will be asked to provide the age and gender of the children. This is so that we can provide the most appropriate presents for them. Please state age of the children on the date of your visit, not the date of booking. Presents are not intended for children over the age of 14. Babies under one year of age will receive a nominal present.

Tickets are normally ‘print at home’. You will need to bring your tickets, either printed or available on your smart device, to show at Santa Reception. Alternatively, you may also opt to have the ticket/s posted to you, but we will then need to add a £1 handling charge - Please buy your ticket at least 10 working days before you want to travel to allow processing and postage time.


Adults’ and children’s tickets are NOT interchangeable.


You will need to present your tickets at Santa Reception at Cheltenham for inspection before being allowed onto the platform. All tickets purchased are for a journey departing at a specific time and on a specific day. Passengers missing their booked train will not be able to travel on a later train that day, nor on a different day without making a new booking.


Refund, alterations and cancellation policy


If you are unable to travel on your booked date we will try to accommodate refunds if they are requested at least 14 days prior to travel. If the travel date is within 14 days, refunds can only be considered if the tickets can be re-sold. Requests for refunds should be made by telephone 01242 621905 (Mon – Fri 09:00 to 16:00) and confirmed by e-mail to No administration fee will apply to refunds.


Similarly, we will try to accommodate alterations if requested at least 14 days prior to travel and provided there are seats available on the new date. No administration fee will apply to 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.


Pushchairs and buggies


Because of the types of carriages in use, we can only accommodate small, foldable buggies on the train, which must be put inside your compartment or in your seating area. Also, there is no storage space at the station so, if possible, please carry young children onto the train and leave pushchairs and buggies in your car.


Wheelchairs - require phone booking


We can only accommodate one pre-booked wheelchair, in a dedicated area, on each  Santa Express  train. Please DO NOT book online if you need to bring a wheelchair; instead, please call 01242 621905 (Mon- Fri 09:00 to 16:00) to check availability and to make your booking.  If you make a booking online, you will be allocated a non-accessible compartment and may be unable to travel on the day.




We regret that we will not be able carry dogs (except for assistance dogs) on our  Santa Express  trains.





At the North Pole (Winchcombe Station) our griddle will be selling baps filled with bacon, burgers or sausages. Complimentary Mince Pies, Mulled Wie, Hot and Cold drinks, biscuits and fruit are all available from the Coffee Pot Cafe.




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 Churchward House, Winchcombe Railway Station, Winchcombe, GL54 5LD.


Car parking at Cheltenham Race Course station 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.