GWSR Santa Specials



  • All The Family
  • Under 5s
  • School Age






From Cheltenham Racecourse Station by steam train all the way to Winchcombe (or the North Pole!) through the long tunnel, and visit Santa and his elves in his grotto. When you arrive at Winchcombe the elves will meet you off the train, and make sure you have plenty of time to visit Santa and receive excellent presents especially selected by him for each age group before your train returns to Cheltenham.

  • Travel by steam-hauled train from Cheltenham to the North Pole (at Winchcombe) to meet Santa and then back to Cheltenham.
  • A great festive spirit on the fourteen mile round trip.
  • Activity sheet and crayons on the train.
  • Walk through a Christmas fairyland and visit Santa in his grotto. Lots of twinkling lights and great presents.
  • Complimentary mince pies, hot and cold drinks, biscuits and fruit in the station coffee shop.
  • Top quality presents for the children.
  • Babies under 1 year old travel free and receive a nominal present only.
  • Limited facilities for the disabled on the trains - please telephone before booking to ensure that there is space on your chosen train.
  • The Santa experience lasts about an hour and three quarters (but allow longer in case of unexpected delays).
  • We regret that, due to a number of incidents, dogs are not permitted the Santa Specials. This does not apply to assistance dogs.
  • Free parking at Cheltenham Racecourse station but please note there is NO access to Winchcombe Station.

£17 per adult and £17 per child (age 1 to 14 years) with a £1 p&p fee per booking

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Available 2019 Santa Steam Special Dates and Times:

  • Saturday 30th November: 09.40, 11.25, 13.10, 14.55
  • Friday 20th December: 09.40, 11.25, 13.10

*Only Santa Steam Special train tickets left for Saturday 30th November and Friday 20th December. The train goes from Cheltenham Racecourse to the North Pole (aka Winchcombe)! All Railcar Santa tickets are now sold out.

Ticket prices for the Steam Special are £17 each for adults and £17 each for children (age 1 - 14 years). There is no booking fee or ticket handling charge but there is a £1 p&p fee per order. Children under one year old may travel free and don't require a ticket provided they don't occupy a seat. They will receive a small token gift.


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