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Santa Comes to Churnet Valley Railway

You’d better watch out, you’d better not cry, Santa Claus is coming to Churnet Valley Railway, just in time to whistle the start of their “Santa & Steam” event!


The stations have been transformed, the present have been wrapped, climbing aboard the Santa Special is a great way to start off this year’s festive season. With the toasty warm garland filled coaches, Santa’s Helpers will walk you through through the train to find a drink & snack for all on board as you travel through Staffordshire’s hidden valley.

churnet-1Journeys can begin from either Cheddleton or Kingsley & Froghall Station, and entertainers wander the carriages making balloon models to suit every desire, before the main man himself comes through to greet you at your seat. Every child receives a handpicked quality gift to take away or open there and then.


Jon Kerr, one of the many events coordinators said: “Our Santa & Steam specials are a wonderful way to begin the Christmas season, and it is something that all members of the family really enjoy. The historic stations and classic coaches of the railway really combine to make an ideal setting for a magical experience – and we’re seeing more and more families returning each year, as they make it an annual tradition for themselves”

As a special offer on Saturday 3rd, Sunday 4th & Wednesday 7th December, one child can travel free with every two fare-paying adults.

Churnet Valley Railway also offer a selection of Gift Vouchers for those “hard to buy for” presents, including the  popular “Drive an Engine” days and their various “Dining Experiences” aboard the restored dining coach “Diana” for 2017. Stocking fillers are also available online or at the shop in Kingsley & Froghall Station.

In addition to the Santa & Steam specials, the railway is also organising a free Carol Service in Cheddleton. Open to all, the service will commence at 7pm at the Church of St. Edward the Confessor, on Hollow Lane in Cheddleton. This will be followed by an optional buffet supper and a pub style railway based quiz held in the adjacent Community Centre after the service.

To book any of the above, or for more details, call 01538 758491 (Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm) or visit the railway’s website

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