Good news from Avon Valley Railway – tickets are now available to book for their always popular Santa Special trains!

“If you’ve visited us since lockdown, you’ll know that we’ve changed the way we’re selling tickets, with each family group being seated in their own compartment, separate from other passengers,” explained Avon Valley Railway manager, Mark Simmons. “For our Santa trains, simply choose the date and time you wish to travel and select one of the available compartments. Then, select the different ticket types for the people travelling with you and ‘seat not required’ for any you don’t need. That stops anyone else from being able to sit with you on the day.  

“You’ll understand that it’s been a difficult year for us so please do consider filling as many of the seats with your family or friend bubble. Just remember to adhere to the latest Government restrictions in place.”

Once onboard, Santa will meet and greet each family group as usual, and will be available for photographs on the train’s return to Bitton.

“Santa is also going to have to make some changes to the gifts he gives out as the virus is causing no end of problems for his elves in Lapland,” added Mark. “Specifically for this year, there will be a high quality plush teddy bear for all children aged from one to seven years old, with a couple of presents suitable for our youngest infant visitors as well as older boys and girls aged eight plus.”

In addition to a visit from Santa, the festive Christmas donkeys will be returning, while the elves will then be working hard cleaning and sanitising the train before the next passengers arrive.

Find out more and book your tickets by clicking here.