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Santa Trains 2023


Our 2023 Santa Special

trains will be hauled by

'GWR Large Prairie' 5199

Photo: Mike Lanning

This years Santa Specials have now SOLD OUT
Important info for those who have already booked:-
The train ride experience lasts approx. 90 minutes and departs from Shackerstone Railway Station
Car park Sat Nav code CV13 0BS
"What 3 Words" location reference: "Craftsman.Rail.Apricot"

Shackerstone Map.PNG

Terms & Conditions

  • All trains depart from and return to Shackerstone Station Car park Sat Nav code CV13 0BS          "What 3 Words" ref: "Craftsman.Rail.Apricot"

  • Details of ALL children's age and gender must be submitted during booking (This is used for gift selection purposes only).

  • Please allow adequate time to park and walk to the station before your booked departure time. We are not able to hold departure of trains for late arrivals. We recommend you arrive a minimum of 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

  • Customers are allocated seats, so please check that you book the full number in the party at the same time. Later bookings can not be guaranteed to have seats near any prior booking.

  • Cancelled bookings will not be refunded. However, with more than 14 days notice to your booked date, we will endeavour to transfer your booking to another Santa Special service upon payment of £10.00 administration fee, space permitting. 

  • No refunds can be provided for visitors who do not arrive at Shackerstone Station in time for the booked departure time of their train.

  • Children under 12 months travel free, and will receive a small gift from Santa.

  • Santa Special trains may be either steam or diesel hauled, and all locomotives are subject to availability.

  • Please note we do not allow dogs or other animals to travel on Santa Special trains, unless they are guide dogs.

  • Every effort will be made to run trains according to this timetable, but unforeseen circumstances may entail alterations or cancellations.

  • The railway operators can accept no liability for such cancellations or late running of any train and reserves the right to vary the provisions contained in this brochure without prior notice. E&OE.

  • Accessibility - Due to the design of the historic coaches used for our Santa Specials, wheelchairs cannot gain access to the passenger areas of the coaches. If a member of your party is a wheelchair user, please advise when booking so that we can contact you to check that we are able to accommodate them.

  • By continuing to book you are agreeing to the Terms & Conditions above.


Our flagship experience, and certainly one to remember!

As you slide open the door to your own private compartment, you will find inside the elves have been busy and left a plentiful hamper for you to enjoy, with a wide array of festive goodies, including wine, soft drinks, chocolates, mince pies, biscuits, crisps, satsumas and much more... (vegetarian, vegan & gluten free variants available - please advise when booking)

Santa will visit you in the comfort of your compartment and spend time talking to the children and handing them each a great present.

Prices start from £32 per person.

(Note: Gold bookings are subject to a minimum of 4 persons)


Groups of up to 8 will be seated in their own private compartment. All adults will receive a mince pie and wine, and children will get a packet of sweets and juice drink. During the return steam train journey, Santa will visit you in the comfort of your compartment and spend time talking to the children and handing them each a great present.

Prices start from £24 per person

(Note: Silver bookings are subject to a minimum of 4 persons)


Passengers will be seated at their own table (each table seats up to 4) in one of our open plan coaches.

Once boarded, all adults will be offered a mince pie, and children will receive a packet of sweets.

During your return train journey, Santa will visit your group at your table to spread some festive joy and hand a small present to each child.

Prices start from £18 per person

(Note: Any bookings of up to 2 passengers MAY have to share their table with another booking of 2 passengers)

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