Although there are still more than 160 sleeps before Christmas, the Severn Valley Railway is already feeling festive, as it prepares to open bookings for its 2021 Santa trains. Tickets will go on sale at 9.30am on Monday 19th July.
With up to seven departures a day from Kidderminster, the ever-popular Santa services will run on selected dates from 27th November through till Christmas Eve.
The journey starts at a spectacularly-lit Kidderminster Town station, with a complimentary hot or cold drink and a bespoke SVR souvenir travel cup for each adult. On board the train, delicious mince pies and gingerbread will be waiting, and family groups will be allocated their own private compartment or table, with plenty of photo opportunities to take advantage of.
The excitement builds, as passengers are transported on a steam-hauled trip along the Severn Valley, passing through a magically-decorated Bewdley station to arrive at Arley. Here, they disembark for the thrills, spills and laughs of an all-new Christmas show, Jingle, Jangle and the North Pole Lake.
“Our professionally-produced shows last year proved to be a smash hit, so we’re doing it all over again! “ said Michael Dunn, the SVR’s head of visitor experience. “This hilarious, brand-new show will appeal to all ages and if everyone laughs loudly enough, there might even be a visit from Father Christmas himself! Performances take place inside a marquee and each family group will be seated on a socially-distanced bench.”
When they re-board the train, children will discover that the elves have left them each a high-quality special gift, then it’s full steam ahead for a journey back to Kidderminster in reserved seats. The festive excursion lasts around two-and-a-half hours.
Prices start at £135 for a table of four and are available from 9.30am on Monday 19th July at svr.co.uk or by phoning 01562 757900. SVR Loyalty Pass holders receive priority booking and can buy their tickets before they go on sale to the general public.