The Panto Express with Father Christmas

See Father Christmas and a special Pantomime

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A whole new Christmas experience!

All aboard The Panto Express to enjoy a visit from Father Christmas on the train. When the train comes back into Platform 4, come inside the Visitor Centre and take your seats to enjoy our mini family pantomime, brought to you by a professional touring theatre company!

NEW for 2019: Festive Pantomime!
Specially written to last 30 minutes, 'A Polar Adventure' is a festive story about a young polar bear, an elf and the wicked Snow Queen (boo, hiss!) An enchanting story, stunning costumes and more panto comedy than you can shake a stick at!

Your Father Christmas Experience
See Father Christmas in a 'Grotto with a Difference' - on a vintage steam train! Why queue for hours when you can sit on a steam train and wait for Santa to come to you?! You will be shown to your compartment on the steam train, and you will be taken up and down our 1/3 mile length of track whilst you wait for Father Christmas, who will be making his way along the train visiting all the children. When he comes to you, one of his elves will pull gifts for the children from his huge toy sack! This year, the train journey should last 25 minutes. Please note there are no toilets on the trains, but plenty around the site. Once your train arrives back at Platform 4, make your way to the Pantomime seating at the far end of the Visitor Centre, sit back and enjoy the show!

Christmas at The Railway
Enjoy the festive Christmas atmosphere inside our large Visitor Centre with decorations, huge Christmas tree, festive music, plus cafe and shop.


Pre-booking for Christmas is essential - online booking is now open!

We are aware some people's browsers are showing all trains as fully booked - if this is the case, please call the office and we will book your tickets over the phone 01296 655720

First Class v Standard?
First Class ticket holders will be reserved seats in the front two rows of seating for the pantomime. First Class ticket holders also book seats in the first class carriages which have plusher seats with arm rests and have only 6 people per compartment as opposed to 8 (not including babes in arms). The rest of the experience is the same; the presents, the train journey and the pantomime are all the same!

Arrival Times for booking are as follows:


Your allocated pantomime showing will be after your train ride. All times will be printed on your tickets.

ALL children must have a ticket, including babies under 12 months (only £5) as they will all receive an age-related present from Father Christmas. Don't forget to include babies on your booking who may not have been born yet, but will be born in time for our event!!
NB You will not be asked to allocate a seat for any babes-in-arms (under 12 months).

Any booking queries to 01296 655720


Booking information


First class tickets are now extremely limited; we can only accommodate parties of two. If there are only two people in your booking (plus babies under 12 months who don't need a seat) then please call the office to book over the phone on 01296 655720. Thank you!