Upon arrival, admire the beautifully dressed Bury Bolton Street Station with its many Christmas trees and decorations. Take a steam train ride to Rawtenstall and back through the Irwell Valley - journey time approximately 80 minutes Immerse yourself in the festive atmosphere with a beautifully decorated train interior Meet Santa and his elves as they provide a gift to every child Receive an activity pack for children and a mince pie and festive tipple for grown ups.
DONT TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT!
"A really lovely day out. Our 5 year old loves trains and we have visited other days out on the railway but I have to say this one was brilliant. The staff on board are very good and friendly, we all really enjoyed our day and our gifts." - 07Cinta, Tripadvisor
"Came here with my youngest daughter, thoroughly enjoyed it. The staff were exceptional and were right in the groove and the steam train added to the nostalgia. Love it, everyone should try this. highly recommended!" - KarlB, Tripadvisor
"We took our 5 year old granddaughter for the Santa Special. From the minute we stepped into the station the level of enthusiasm from the staff was totally infectious. We handn't a clue what to expect but we loved every single second!" - Donna-Marie, Tripadvisor
"Absoloutely amazing first experience of the East Lancashire Railway, the Santa Special was such a wondeful experience. I went with my husband, in-laws and 20 month old son and he loved every minute. Such a magical time for the whole family!" - Heidi W, Tripadvisor
Fancy one of the best days out in the North West?
Try our full line return, an amazing steam train day out including 12 miles of stunning scenery and 7 unique stops packed with things to do. Including not just the steam train ride, but also our historic waiting rooms, picture perfect platforms and of course a gift shop. A perfect family day out!
Tickets are valid for the date shown and one round trip only (NOT ALL DAY).
Please make sure you have a version of your ticket (printed OR have them on your handheld device and have them with you ready for inspection)
Tickets will show 09:00 departure, this is a generic time, please refer to the timetable of the day for the first train and opening time of the station of your choice.
Are you part of the Heritage Railway Association?
Our preserved railway is part of the railway heritage trust and so if you have a valid pass, get your discounted advance travel tickets here. Please bring your heritage railway pass with you on the day of travel.
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Ticket Validities :
Day Rover – Valid for ALL Day Travel
Full Line – Valid for one Trip covering the whole line.
Please make sure you have a version of your ticket (printed OR have them on your handheld device and have them with you ready for inspection on the day.
Please bring your qualifying pass on your day of travel.
Adult Day Rover – 12.00
Child Day Rover – 9.30
Adult Full line – 8.50
Child Full line – 6.00