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Santa Steam Specials

Take a magical steam train ride to see Santa in his grotto

December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd - SOLD OUT

Santa Steam Specials

Get Christmas off to a magical start by joining one of our traditional Santa Steam Specials to meet Father Christmas in his Grotto!


The Santa Steam Specials are now fully booked.

Your email confirmation is your ticket. Please have this printed off or displayed on your phone ready to scan on arrival at Kidderminster Station and at Santa's Grotto at Arley.

Travel by steam train in our vintage carriages from Kidderminster to Arley where you get off the train and the children, and the grown-ups, will have the thrill of meeting Father Christmas in his grotto.

Our historical Stations are dressed for the occasion, with plenty of photo opportunities both on and off the train. 

When you meet the man himself, Santa will have a quality present for all fare-paying children, and you'll be able to open it up on the steam train of your choice back to Kidderminster, with the option to break your journey at the beautiful riverside town of Bewdley. 

Santa Steam Specials operate on: December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd.

Trains depart from Kidderminster at 9.45am, 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, 12.45pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm & 4.00pm.

You can catch any train back from Arley (seats available on a first come, first served basis), and you may break your journey at Bewdley on the return if you wish (subject to train times).

Why not come for the 'Twilight Trains' at 3.30 & 4.00 and experience the magic of Santa's grotto, our stations' festive lights and a steam train journey as it gets dark!?

The chart below shows which trains still have tickets available for sale. 98% of tickets have now been sold, so book now to avoid disappointment!

Santa Steam Specials [correct to 4 pm Tuesday 4/12/18]
Dec 1
9.45 10.15 10.45
11.15 11.45 12.15
12.45
1.15 2.00 2.30
3.00 3.30 4.00
Dec 2
9.45 10.15 10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45 1.15 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00
Dec 8
9.45 10.15 10.45 11.15 11.45
12.15 12.45 1.15
2.00
2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00
Dec 9
9.45 10.15 10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45 1.15 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00
Dec 15
9.45
10.15 10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45 1.15 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00
Dec 16
9.45 10.15 10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45
1.15 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30
4.00
Dec 22
9.45 10.15
10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45 1.15 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30 4.00
Dec 23
9.45 10.15 10.45 11.15 11.45 12.15 12.45 1.15 2.00 2.30 3.00 3.30
4.00

Denotes available to book online
Denotes less than 100 seats available; book online  
Denotes FULL or less than 50 seats available - book online

Your ticket includes:

  • Guaranteed seats on a steam train from Kidderminster to Arley.
  • Entry into Santa's Grotto to meet Father Christmas.
  • A quality present for fare-paying children.
  • Travel from Arley to Kidderminster on a steam train of your choice (seats available on a first come, first served basis), with the option to break your journey at Bewdley (subject to train times).

Important Information:

  • The train journey lasts approximately 30 minutes in each direction. You should allow at least 3 hours for your experience.
  • As we are a heritage railway using traditional carriages, larger groups may not be always be seated together.
  • There are no nappy changing facilities on the train.
  • Wheelchair users MUST reserve a space on the train at the point of booking. We cannot accommodate wheelchair users who do not PRE-BOOK a reservation on the train.
  • Buggies and pushchairs MUST be folded down and stored in the Guard's Van when on the train.
  • A trolley serving refreshments is normally available on the train.
  • Kidderminster Station has a restaurant, toilets and pub available to use before or after your train ride.
  • Arley Station has limited food and toilet facilities.
  • You are advised to arrive at the Station 45 minutes before your train departs. Parking will be available at our Station (DY10 1QR), the mainline station (DY10 1QX), Kidderminster Harriers FC (DY10 1NB)* and King Charles School (DY10 1XA). *Limited parking on some dates.
TICKETS ARE NON-TRANSFERABLE ONCE PURCHASED.

Fares for this event Adult
Senior
Child
Babies*
Booking fee
 Pre-book - Dec 1st & 2nd
£15 £15
£15
£7.50
£1.75 per booking
 Pre-book - Dec 8th & 9th
£17 £17 £17 £7.50
£1.75 per booking
 Pre-book - Dec 15th & 16th
£18 £18
£18
£7.50 £1.75 per booking
 Pre-book - Dec 22nd & 23rd
£20
£20 £20
£7.50
£1.75 per booking
Other information
       
Annual Family Pass: NOT VALID Children: 1 - 15 years (includes a present from Father Christmas) *Fare-paying babies under 12 months will receive a present, but MUST NOT take up a seat.

Please read the booking conditions carefully, if you do not feel able to accept these conditions your tickets should be returned, at your expense, for a refund which will EXCLUDE the booking fee.

Once you have booked your tickets, amendments will not be accepted.

Dogs (assistance dogs excepted) are NOT permitted on any of our Santa or Christmas Services.

Conditions of Use
  1. Once you have booked your tickets, amendments will not be accepted under any circumstance. Babies under 12 months without tickets must not take up a seat on the train.
  2. Refunds of pre-booked tickets will only be considered if they are received at least 10 days before the date of travel. Any refunds will be at the discretion of the General Manage and will be charged £10. 
  3. The Severn Valley Railway does not guarantee that trains will depart or arrive at a particular time and will not be held liable for any delay to the service or any inconvenience this may cause.
  4. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, we cancel your train, we will refund the monies paid by you, including the booking fee. We will NOT be liable for any other costs.
  5. You must travel on the date and at the train time you have booked. If you fail to arrive in time for the departure of your train, we will try to allocate seats on a later train BUT THIS WILL BE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY AND IS NOT GUARANTEED. Should we be unable to do so we WILL NOT refund any monies paid.
  6. If you are unable to travel to the SVR as a result of severe weather we DO NOT guarantee either a refund of replacement tickets.
  7. We will NOT refund or make allowance for the cost of returning tickets to us. It is for you to decide on the most effective way of returning tickets and you are required to bear the cost.
  8. We will NOT carry forward the face value of any unused tickets from one year to the next. 
Our staff and volunteers are NOT empowered to vary these conditions.

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