The Panto Express with Father Christmas

Ticket Update: limited but still available!

Update at 3pm 25th November: There are still Bronze and Silver tickets available this weekend - Sat 26th & Sun 27th November - to see Father Christmas on The Panto Express, plus an early bird discount also applies this weekend only! Visit to book. 
Due to the majority of compartments now being booked up in December, customers are no longer able to change their bookings to a different time/date (unless moving to this weekend). Sorry, but we are not able to offer refunds on cancellations. The three December weekends are getting very booked up, with all Gold and Silver compartments sold out. There are Bronze tickets available most days. If you are struggling to find what you need, please call us and we will see if we can help: 01296 655720 Mon-Fri 9am-4pm or email:

Panto Express Explained:

See Father Christmas whilst enjoying a steam train ride and watch a pantomime – all in one amazing Christmas experience! This year's mini pantomime is Cinderella. (Train ride time approx. 25 mins; panto running time approx. 25 mins. You can stay and enjoy the cafe and gift shop etc before/after your experience.)

If you know which tickets you would like to book, CLICK HERE TO BOOK. Otherwise, please read on!

The Panto Express! What to expect and what tickets to choose:
All aboard The Panto Express to enjoy a visit from Father Christmas, plus, enjoy our mini family pantomime Cinderella, brought to you by a professional touring theatre company! 

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

Ticket types: Bronze v Silver v Gold...

You are booking a private First Class compartment for 6 people for £129

Book a private First Class compartment, for up to six people. These are sold as a whole compartment price. These are our most popular seats! Our GOLD ticket holders enjoy the larger and plusher seats of their First Class compartment, plus, they include seats in the front two rows at the Pantomime. Maximum booking is for 6 people (babies under 12 months can be added on top as they do not need a seat). If you have less than 6 people you can still book a private compartment but the price will be for 6 people.) Price per person for 6 people is £21.50pp)

SILVER tickets: £19.50pp (private standard compartment for 6-8 people) Click here to book Silver Tickets
When booking SILVER tickets, you are booking a private Standard compartment for up to 8 people. (Minimum booking 6 people, but if you have less than 6 people in your party, you can still book a private compartment but the price will be for 6 people.)

BRONZE tickets: £17.50pp (shared standard compartment) Click to book Bronze Tickets 
When booking BRONZE tickets, you are booking single tickets within a shared Standard compartment. Please note: you will share your compartment with members of other parties. (Minimum booking is for 1 person, maximum 6)

NB Babies under 12 months are £5 and do NOT need a seat but will still receive a present. Seats are not allocated for babies. Pushchairs are not permitted on the train.

Session times:

Arrive by         Train              Panto

10:00               10:25               11:15
10:55               11:15               12:05
11:50               12:10               13:00
12:45               13:05               13:55
14:00               14:20               15:05
14:55               15:15               16:00


26/27th November
3/4th December
10/11th December
17/18th December

November Saver

Bronze tickets; £16.50pp (shared standard compartment)
Silver tickets: £18.00pp (private standard compartment for 6-8 people)
Gold tickets: £19.50pp (private First Class compartment for 6 people)
Babies: £5.00 (under 12 months)

December pricing:
Bronze tickets: £17.50pp (shared standard compartment)
Silver tickets: £19.50pp (private standard compartment for 6-8 people)
Gold tickets: £21.50pp (private First Class compartment for 6 people)
Babies: £5.00 (under 12 months)

Important points to note: