• Santa Specials

Come and enjoy a ride on the Apedale Valley Light Railway and meet Santa

11th, 12th, 18th, and 19th December 2021

Like so many things, Christmas at Apedale will be different in 2021. We have worked hard to develop an experience which will be affordable, enjoyable and safe.

Your party will board our steam train at the platform adjacent to the Apedale Heritage Centre, and the train will run to the far end of our railway. There, your party can leave the train and step into an open-sided grotto where they will meet Santa – and each child will receive a gift. Once everyone has been to visit Santa, the train will return to the starting point.

Each party gets its own compartment – we will not mix groups in the same compartment.

The experience will last between 45 minutes and an hour. IMPORTANT:- You will be outdoors or on our open-sided train coaches, so it’s really important that you dress appropriately.

The Heritage Centre will be open for hot food and drinks. Their toilets will be available, but please note that capacity is limited (“one in, one out”) and there may be a queue at busy times.

How Much does it Cost?

Compartments cost £30 if booked before 1/12/21, and £45 afterwards; each compartment can hold six people. This price includes all adults. For each child, there is an additional cost of £4 (before 1/12/21) or £5 (if booked after 1/12/21).

For example, a party has two adults and two children, and books before 1/12/21. The total cost is £38 - £30 for the compartment and the adults, plus £4 per child. This increases to £55 if booked after 1/12/21.

So, it pays to plan ahead and book early!!

Trains will run at the following times on each day:-
10:00, 11:00, 12:00, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30

What's in the price?
  • Ride on the steam train for everybody
  • Children meet Santa
  • Gift for each child
Anything else?

Please arrive 20 minutes before the train departure to allow time to reach the train from car parks, check-in etc.

Your personal data will be used only for this booking process and handled in accordance with the GDPR regulations.


In the event that circumstances prevent the operation of the trains, guests’ money will be refunded in full.

If any guest has any COVID-19 symptoms, or is asked to self-isolate, they must not come to the railway. In such circumstances, we will refund monies paid.


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