Posted 17th November 2017
Families can enjoy seven miles of Santa excitement if they board a loco running on the Lake District’s longest and oldest steam railway line, operated by Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway.
Santa Express trains will be running from Ravenglass, on the Lake District coast, to Dalegarth, in the shadow of England’s highest mountain, on December weekends and between December 18 and 23. Every twist and turn in the idyllic route, through hidden valleys and past imposing fells, will build up the anticipation of tracking down Santa and telling him about everything spotted en route, from red squirrels, to what may just have been his reindeer hidden in the woodland glades!
The genial old chap will be snug and warm in his Dalegarth grotto; ready to greet children, listen to their Christmas wishes and hand over a good quality, mystery, wrapped gift, before they bid him farewell and enjoy a biscuit and a glass of squash.
Adults will not go forgotten, as they will be treated to a mince pie and glass of mulled wine – just the ticket when it comes to warming up. There will also be free parking and a half-price voucher to be spent on a return visit in 2018.
The whole experience can be made even more special with an optional festive lunch at Ravenglass station’s Turntable Café, where home-made dishes have their own fan club. Traditional and delicious lunches can be booked for before or after train travel, depending on whether the family book for the 10am, 12.50pm or 3.40pm departures from Ravenglass.
The cost of reserved seats on the Santa Express trains are £19.95 for an adult, £19.95 for a child aged 1-11 and £12.65 for children aged 12-15. Under 1s travel for free. The additional festive meal costs £13 for an adult and £7 for a child.
Head to www.ravenglass-railway.co.uk to book your place quickly and make sure you can go go go, to hear Santa’s ho ho ho.