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  • Santa Special

    Make Christmas 2019 one to remember with the Avon Valley Railway

    Join the Avon Valley Railway this festive season for a ride on one of our steam-hauled trains and enjoy a special visit from Father Christmas!

    You’ll arrive at Bitton station and wait on the platform for the arrival of your steam train. The excitement mounts as you board our vintage carriages before the whistle sounds and the train gently pulls away. During your hour-long trip you’ll enjoy the rolling Avon Valley countryside pass by as Santa’s helpers distribute mince pies and festive biscuits to everyone. Then, the moment comes when Father Christmas himself appears and spends a short time with each family and asks that all important question; ‘Have you been good this year?’. He’ll then give each child a quality present designed especially for their age.

    Once the train reaches Avon Riverside there will be the opportunity (weather permitting) for photographs with Father Christmas on the platform before you finally return to Bitton.

    Download a copy of our 2019 Santa Specials leaflet

    What’s Included in your ticket

    An hour-long (six mile) trip in a heritage carriage behind one of our steam locomotives

    A visit from Father Christmas as he greets each family at their seat

    A quality present for each child designed for their age

    A mince pie or festive biscuit for everyone

    Our shop will be open selling a range of railway-themed gifts and souvenirs including one of the largest displays of ‘Thomas the Tank Engine’ products in the local area. The station Buffet will also be open serving hot drinks and light lunches.

    Event Dates

    Trains will depart from Bitton Station at:

    10.20 11.40 13.00 14.20* 15.40*
    (* not on Monday 2nd)

    November 2019:-

    Sun 24: £10 per seat
    Sat 30: £13 per seat

    December 2019:-

    Sun 1: £13 per seat
    Mon 2: £10 per seat
    Sat 7 & Sun 8 £14 per seat
    Sat 14 & Sun 15 £15 per seat
    Sat 21, Sun 22, Mon 23 & Christmas Eve £15 per seat

    Fare Information

    Tickets cost between  £10 & £15  per person (both adults and children) depending on the day you choose. Infants (under 1 year) are £5 if you would like Santa to greet them and give a present.

    How To Book

    Advanced booking is essential for this event. You can do this online via the link below (opens in a new window). Once you’ve chosen the date and time you want you’ll see a ‘Select your own seats’ option at the top of the page. Choosing this will give you a graphical view of the carriages from where where you can select the seats you want. Each train has five carriages and these are displayed in two halves as A-C and D-E. If one part of the train looks full, simply swap to the other half to see if there are still tickets available.

    Buy Tickets

    Alternatively contact the booking office on 0117 9325538

    Booking Conditions

    1. An administration charge of £5.00 is made for cancelled bookings and £5.00 for alterations to bookings.
    2. For your comfort, smoking is not permitted on the train. Dogs, except guide dogs, are not allowed on the train.
    3. Promotional discount vouchers and members’ concessions are not valid during this period.
    4. Refunds are not issued if you do not arrive on time, and whilst every effort will be made to accommodate you on a later train, this cannot be guaranteed, a notice period is required.
    5. Limited accommodation for wheelchair passengers is available on request – please state your requirements clearly when booking.
    6. Whilst every effort will be made to maintain the timetable the Company does not guarantee that the trains will depart at the times stated, and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice or to substitute any locomotive. No liability for loss or inconvenience can be accepted.
    Posted on November 6th, 2019
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