Severn Valley Railway is pulling out all the stops to ensure its visitors enjoy a Christmas-themed experience this year.
Many venues and attractions across the UK have had to cancel their festive events, but the Severn Valley Railway’s offerings mean that some visitors will be able to enjoy a spectacular adventure, with all necessary COVID-19 precautions.
The Severn Valley Railway is running a busy programme of Santa trains and Steam in Lights services starting in late November.
Demand for tickets has been strong since they went on sale earlier this month, and the railway expects to sell out across all its Christmas services.
Helen Smith, the SVR’s general manager, said: “We’re delighted that we’re able to offer our Christmas visitors a safe and enjoyable experience using the SVR’s extensive fleet of compartment carriages. This has more than proved its worth on the services we’ve been running since we reopened for business in August. People love the fact that they’re travelling in their own private compartment, where they don’t need to wear face coverings, so they can simply sit back and enjoy the magic.
“It’s wonderful to be able to offer so much to visitors this year, especially after all the uncertainty and strangeness that’s resulted from the pandemic. So many venues sadly haven’t been able to run Christmas events this year, so at the Severn Valley Railway we’re absolutely determined to make sure our visitors don’t miss out.”
The Severn Valley Railway Steam in Lights services are back by popular demand. Starting from Bridgnorth station, the steam-hauled journey will reveal mysterious creatures, sparkling lights, snow flurries and thrills from the warmth and comfort of a private compartment.
Visitors will travel through a winter wonderland, past glittering displays and trackside landscapes. Plus this year, there’s a guarantee that there will be snow at the Severn Valley Railway.
Departures from Bridgnorth are on selected dates between November 27 and December 23. Prices are £120-£130 for up to six people in a compartment, and £80-£90 for four people in a compartment.
This year’s Santa trains whisk families on an enchanting steam train trip to Arley where they’ll be entertained at a professionally produced Christmas show.
Starting from the beautifully decorated Kidderminster station, visitors will settle into their private compartment with a festive drink and snack, for their Christmas adventure. At Arley, it’s showtime, and visitors will attend a special performance in the Christmas marquee of Jingle, Jangle and the Christmas Cookbook, featuring two elves who get up to all sorts of mischief in Mrs Christmas’s kitchen. If everyone’s very, very good, there might even be an appearance by Father Christmas himself!
Back on the train, children will find that early Christmas presents have been left in the private compartment, as they begin their journey back to Kidderminster, with the whole excursion lasting around two hours.
Departures are from Kidderminster on selected dates between November 28 and December 24. A compartment for up to six is £170-£195, and a compartment for four is £110-£135.
Tickets for the Santa trains and Steam in Lights are bookable at www.svr.co.uk or by phoning 01562 757900.Enjoy more Heritage Railway reading in the four-weekly magazine. Click here to subscribe.