NB 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. Sorry, but we are not able to offer refunds on cancellations.
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.)
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...
GOLD: SOLD OUT
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: SOLD OUT
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: SOLD OUT
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.
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
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)
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: