Cornwall Life - - THE DIARY -

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.

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