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Why not start your Christmas festivities with a trip out on the Dean Forest Railway’s hugely popular Santa Specials and join the many families who return every year to join in the fun of this magical experience travelling through the forest to Parkend.
Imagine the children s excitement as you sit in your reserved seats and wait for Santa and his helpers to come and meet you.
Every child receives a worthwhile present from Santa and adults are not forgotten they receive a miniature and a hot mince pie! Don t forget to bring your camera to snap Santa chatting to your children!
What a wonderful way to start the Christmas celebrations!
Before or after your train ride, you can have a snack in the Platelayers Buffet, browse for Christmas presents in the well-stocked gift shop or take a look at the superb museum which has national accreditation.
All Santa trains depart from Norchard Station, just north of Lydney on the B4234, where there is a large free car park. The round trip on the train takes approximately one hour. Toilets are available at stations and there are limited toilet facilities on the trains.
Santa trains are not always suitable for wheelchair passengers, so why not discuss with the railway s booking staff if anyone in your party is disabled and they will make every effort to help.
Details of the Dean Forest Railway can be found on its website http://www.deanforestrailway.co.uk or telephone on 01594 845840.
Santa Specials run on December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20 and 24.And why not take advantage of a chance to blow the Christmas cobwebs away at the railway on December 27 and 28 and January 1? You can relax after the Christmas and New Year festivities on the New Year Mince Pie Specials. Enjoy a ride through the forest on a steam-hauled train on December 28 or on December 27 and January 1 you can ride on board the railway s heritage diesel multiple unit.