SANTA BY STEAM
When he’s not driving the sleigh with Rudolph and the rest of the reindeer, Father Christmas likes to travel by steam train and there are two places in Cornwall where you can join him. The Santa by Steam events on the beautiful Bodmin and Wenford Railway are a lovely treat for both parents and children, taking place on Saturdays and Sundays in December and on Christmas Eve when there are four trains running.
Arrive at Bodmin General Station for mince pies, seasonal drinks and lovely carols on the platform, before climbing aboard for an hour-long return journey on a beautiful steam hauled train. During the trip you’ll visit Santa, with plenty of time for a photo, and gifts for each child. The Bodmin and Wenford Railway are also running two relaxed services, which are suitable for children with autism, on 1 and 2 December, on the last trains of the day. There are also four wheelchair accessible trains on December 8 and 15. Tickets start at £15. At Lappa Valley Steam Railway, the Santa Specials start on 8 December and run on Saturday and Sunday 8 and 9, 15 and 16 and December 20 until Christmas Eve. The tickets (£12.95 for adults and children 1–15) include refreshments, children’s entertainment including a balloon magician, and your ride to Santa’s Grotto where children will receive a present. There’s Christmas card colouring and Christmas letter writing while you wait or you can ride on the woodland railway in the Lappa Valley leisure park.