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Santa Experience on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Weekends from 5 - 20 Dec & daily from 22 - 24 December 2020


GWSR are pleased to announce that they will be running Santa trains in 2020.

Your Santa Experience will begin at the festively decorated Toddington Station where there is a large free car park.

One of the amazing heritage steam-hauled and decorated trains will be waiting to take you for a 10 minute train ride in your own private compartment or specially reserved seats in an open carriage on a magic trip through the Cotswolds and beyond to The North Pole (Winchcombe). Here you will be able to walk through a wonderland of lights, trees, and decorations where Santa will be waiting to talk to all the children. As in previous years, all children will of course be given high quality presents which we have become famous for.

The whole family will then be able to enjoy the usual refreshments including the railway’s famous and highly recommended mince pies; additionally, for the first time this year, adults also have the option of a free glass of mulled wine before re-joining the train for the trip back to Toddington, where children will additionally receive a small goody bag for the journey home.

Having successfully operated trains under Covid-19 restrictions since 15 August the GWSR are confident that they have become well practised at managing the necessary hygiene and social distancing measures that ensure the safety of all volunteers and visitors. Unfortunately, because of the restrictions and space limitations, you will not be able to visit Santa in his usual grotto this year – instead, he will be in more open surroundings by the Christmas decorations.

In the event of severe weather, or Government COVID restrictions (eg lockdown) resulting in the GWSR being unable to offer Santa Experiences  a full refund will be issued and a notice will appear as soon as possible on the website.

All trains depart Toddington Station GL54 5DT

Please do not go to any of the railway’s other stations.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your train’s scheduled departure time. There will be adequate parking at Toddington, and the “Flag & Whistle” Café will be open for refreshments from 09:00.

Car parking at Toddington station is free. Users of our car parks do so at their own risk. The management will not accept responsibility for any damage, accidents, or losses.

There is no diesel railcar Santa train from Toddington to Broadway this year.

Because of the present Covid-19 situation there will be limited seating numbers available. Santa trains normally sell out very quickly and we expect that to happen again this year, so please book early.

In line with other transport bodies and following good practice, face coverings will be required by passengers travelling on our services, whilst on the platform and in all buildings and enclosed spaces. These may be removed whilst seated in a compartment. Those who are exempt include children under 11 years old, passengers with disabilities, those with breathing difficulties and anyone travelling with someone who relies on lip reading. Face coverings can be temporarily removed while eating.

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