Santa Steam Specials
at 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.
We ask passengers to arrive at Bitton Station fifteen minutes before the train is due, as this will give you sufficient time to park cars and get to the platform. There is no need to show your tickets at the Booking Office. All the carriages will have their letters clearly marked on the doors, and the seat numbers will be above each seat.
Wherever possible, we ask that customers do not bring buggies or push chairs on their journey – space is limited on board the train and we cannot guarantee the security of items left at Bitton Station.
The railway's Buffet will be open each day, offering a selection of hot and cold food and drinks. The station souvenir shop - specialising in all things 'Thomas' - will also be open, making it the ideal place for you to buy Christmas presents large and small.
Please note: To send tickets Standard Mail there is a charge of £2 per order. This charge is to cover postage and administration costs as Avon Valley Railway is a registered charity. We thank you for your understanding and continued support.