Leek and Rudyard Railway

Santa Specials



Every year in December we run our signature event in association with Rudyard Lake, our Santa Specials.

These trains depart from Rudyard Station and you will enjoy a scenic steam train ride before seeing Santa who will first sail past in his boat on his way to the Grotto. The train then returns to The Dam station where you will alight and take a short walk over to see Santa in his Grotto. The Grotto is inside in the warmth and dry of the Lake Visitor Centre where sherry, soft drinks, mince pies and biscuits will be served whilst you wait your turn to see Santa. After seeing Santa you will then catch a train back to the car park at Rudyard Station.


These trains are pre-booked and only ticket holders can travel and see Santa. Please arrive 15-20 minutes before your booked departure time. Checking-in will be at our station ticket office at Rudyard Station, where you will be shown to your allocated seats. Please be on time as the train will not be able to wait if you are late because this would cause delays to all the other passengers for the rest of the day. The experience takes about an hour and a half from the time the train departs until the train returns you to Rudyard.

Booking Arrangements

Our Santa trains have been very well received and we all try to enjoy the day as much as you. Seats will be reserved for you and prior booking is essential as the train capacity is limited the event sells out quickly. We endeavour to ensure that all the children have plenty of time to talk to Santa and there are plenty of treats whilst you wait your turn!

All bookings are online and tickets are issued via email. It is essential that you bring a copy of your ticket with the access code clearly visible when you arrive for your pre-arranged train. You will be met on the platform, your ticket checked and then shown to yourallocated carriage and seat. Unfortunately we will be unable to sell additional tickets on the day and therefore all bookings must be made in advance.We regret that we cannot give refunds for Santa tickets if you change your mind after purchase.

Please note that unfortunately dogs are not allowed on the Santa Trains as they are not permitted in the building which houses the Grotto.

2021 Tickets

The cost of a ticket is £15 per guest for everyone aged 1 and over. Under 1s are free. All children get a soft drink, biscuits or a mince pie, a visit to Santa's grotto and a present (present details will be requested when booking tickets). All adults get a sherry (or soft drink), a mince pie (or biscuits) and a visit to Santa's grotto.

All bookings are made by email. Instructions on how to book will be at the bottom of this page when tickets are available. Unfortunately we cannot take phonecall or postal bookings. Upon confirmation of your bookingand receipt of payment (PayPal or Bank Transfer only) you will be issued with an e-ticket that must be brought with you on the day with the unique QR code clearly visible. Your ticket will be scanned and confirmed against the passenger log for the train and you will be shown to your seat.


2021 TICKETS WILL GO ON SALE IN EARLY OCTOBER 2021

BOOKINGS WILL BE VIA A DEDICATED EVENT EMAIL

2021 SANTA SPECIALS WILL RUN ON 11, 12, 18 and 19 DECEMBER