Saturday 5, Sunday 6, Monday 7
Saturday 12 & Sunday 13 December
PLEASE READ BEFORE BOOKING – SANTA AT THE STATION
Some tickets for our early December Santa experience may become available by returns from customers no longer able to visit due to coronavirus restrictions. Join us for Santa at the Station and enjoy a FREE train ride next year on us!
You’ll be met by our elves who’ll first take you to meet our gorgeous Christmas donkeys with their festive hats on. Then, you’ll enjoy a mince pies or festive biscuit as you wait your turn to meet Santa himself. He’s looking forward to meeting you and your family group and you’ll spend a few minutes with him as he talks to the children and gives out presents. You’ll also be able to take photos as a memory of the occasion.
Santa’s presents will be an Avon Valley Railway teddy bear for all children aged 1 – 7 with others suitable for infants and those boys and girls aged 8+. We’re keeping it simple to avoid excessive handling of the presents.
Following your visit we’ll then send you a voucher that you can redeem against a FREE train ride for everyone in your group at some point during our 2021 season (April to September). Come back and enjoy a trip onboard one of our steam or diesel trains, you’ll just need to pre-book your seats once we release our 2021 timetable.
We’re really grateful for all the words of support and encouragement we’ve had from our customers in the last week or so, it means so much to our staff and volunteers. In return, we’ll do all we can to make this family time really special for you all this year when you visit. We appreciate it’s been difficult for us all and hope we can spread a bit of festive cheer!
Once you’ve booked, simply arrive at Bitton Station within 30 minutes of the time stated on your ticket. So, if your ticket was for 10:15am just arrive any time between then and 10:45am and so on. That way we can easily manage social distancing and keep the family groups apart. Don’t forget to wrap up warm, it is December after all!
We look forward to seeing you, and thank you for your support.
HOW TO BOOK
Advanced booking is essential for this event. Simply select the date and time of your choice. You’ll then see a graphical layout of a railway carriage as we’d originally hoped to offer train rides at Christmas, but the new restrictions just don’t make this possible. In order for the booking system to know who’s coming you’ll need to choose a ‘carriage’ and the seats you would like from those that are available. As soon as you select one seat, all eight seats in the compartment (or the table opposite in the case of Coach D) will become selected. Choose the ticket types you need and ‘seat not required’ for any remaining tickets. Then just login or create a customer account and follow the instructions to pay for the tickets as you would any other online purchase.
Just remember, for the period Sat 5, Sun 6, Mon 7, Sat 12 & Sun 13 December you wont receive a train ride at Christmas, you’ll get a FREE ticket to enjoy a ride next summer.
Please note, this only applies to dates up to and including the 13th December. We hope to run trains beyond that date subject to the Government's fortnightly review.