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Steam Into Christmas

A steam train ride to meet Santa - Weekends 5 - 20 Dec + Tue 22 & Wed 23 Dec - NOW WITH LOCKDOWN GUARANTEE

Grab your tickets, make tracks to Didcot Railway Centre and Steam Into Christmas! Weekends 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 and 20 December plus Tuesday 22 and Wednesday 23.

 

CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS - The Steam Into Christmas event was designed with coronavirus restrictions in mind and based on our experience of running a Covid-secure attraction since July – we are proud to have Visit England’s “We’re Good To Go Certification”. We are pleased to confirm that we can operate the event within the tiered arrangements announced.

LOCKDOWN GUARANTEE - Should national or local Covid-19 regulations oblige us to cancel your Steam Into Christmas experience, we will transfer you to another date if possible. If not, the value of your tickets will be transferred to a Didcot Railway Centre Gift Card valid for the whole of 2021 or refunded in full if you prefer.

Climb aboard a train of vintage carriages with a private compartment for each group and listen for the whistle and whoosh of steam as the train sets off on a journey to meet Father Christmas.

Santa is letting his reindeer take a rest ahead of Christmas Eve and he will be in a special train full of presents in a wonderfully decorated Victorian station.  He has a gift for every child, helpers to entertain the family and has arranged a second steam train to take visitors (and their presents) on a festive journey, ready to explore the rest of the 21-acre living museum.

There are seasonal refreshments to enjoy as you explore original 1932 GWR Engine Shed.  Here, you can see more restored locomotives, see onto the footplate of some and meet Eddie the Engine Driver who will be telling festive tales of the railways at Christmas time. The refreshments are all included in your ticket price and come in the shape of mince pies and mulled wine/non-alcoholic punch which will be served to adults, while for children there’s gingerbread and hot chocolate – with marshmallows of course! 

 

We have taken special steps to keep everyone safe as they Steam Into Christmas. Gates open at 9.30am and you will need to book a specific arrival time so we can stagger entry and facilitate social distancing. You should allow around 1½ - 2 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience but are welcome to stay longer if you wish – the Centre closes at 4.00pm.

In staging Steam Into Christmas, the Great Western Society (the registered charity that runs Didcot Railway Centre) will incur significant costs which will be higher this year as a result of coronavirus precautions. We will also be providing each group with an individual compartment aboard both trains, irrespective of the size of group. Accordingly, each booking will include a Booking & Facility Fee of £20.

Wheelchair users and visitors with limited mobility should consult our Accessibilty Page.

 

LOCKDOWN GUARANTEE - Should national or local Covid-19 regulations oblige us to cancel your Steam Into Christmas experience, we will transfer you to another date if possible. If not, the value of your tickets will be transferred to a Didcot Railway Centre Gift Card valid for the whole of 2021 or refunded in full if you prefer.

BOOKING INFORMATION

Select your date and arrival time.

You should arrive at the time booked, allow 1½ - 2 hours for your Steam Into Christmas experience. You are welcome to stay longer if you wish - facilities close at 4.00pm with last exit at 4.30pm.

We are continuing our activities safely and in accordance with government guidelines. The latest regulations means that all tickets must be booked in advance. We can only accept bookings for up to six people and are legally required to share contact details with Public Health Track & Trace if requested.

Ticket numbers are limited to ensure the safety of visitors and staff.

See our Steam Into Christmas pre-arrival advice here.

Please ensure you book the correct date and number of tickets. Tickets are non-transferable and cannot usually be amended. Bookings will be refunded if Covid-19 restrictions cause the event to be cancelled and we are not able to offer an alternative date - otherwise tickets are non-refundable.

Our Refreshment Rooms will be serving the seasonal refreshments included in your ticket. We recommend you collect these from the Refreshment Rooms and take them with you as you explore the Engine Shed. To operate safely, we are only able to offer a very limited take-away menu in addition to the seasonal refreshments.

There are outdoor picnic tables and benches around the Centre which you are welcome to use should the weather permit. Unfortunately Covid-19 guidelines mean we are unable to provide an indoor seating area.

Dogs, except assistance dogs, are not permitted at the Steam Into Christmas event.

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