Tenterden - Northiam - Bodiam
 
Kent & East Sussex Railway

Earlybird booking for Santa Specials 2024

at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

We love Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway and we have been welcoming families to meet Santa on our trains since 1974! There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a steam train ride knowing your child will meet Santa and receive a named gift, all without moving from the the comfort of your allocated seats. Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

The experience for 2024 includes:

  • 75 minute return steam train journey
  • A complimentary refreshment pack to enjoy during the journey containing a mince pie for each adult, a chocolate bar for every child and soft drinks for all
  • Age-appropriate present addressed with your child's name
  • Chocolates from Santa for children aged 12-15 or for First & Premium Class, an age appropriate present
  • Babies under 18 months of age are free of charge and receive a gift
  • Magician providing on-board entertainment and at Tenterden station
  • Free unlimited rides on the vintage gallopers at Tenterden
  • Free photograph of your family group
  • Visit to the station’s Winter Wonderland
  • Complimentary mulled wine or hot drink for adults

The main attraction, Santa himself, will be travelling on the train giving presents to your children - have your camera ready to capture that all-important moment!

Quiet Train

The 11.15 pm train on Saturday 30th November has been designated a  'Quiet Train', for those who prefer a less intense visit. A wheelchair accessible coach is also available on this service. Whilst no Christmas music will be played, all of the inclusive features above will remain available with ample time to enjoy!

Earlybird availability

We have a limited number of Earlybird discounted Standard Class tickets available, on a first come first served basis, to our Santa Special subscribers & previous customers - book early for the best prices!

2024 Santa Special trains have a mix of seating styles - there are open-plan style carriages with tables, or private family compartments, or new for 2024 we've Premium First with an at seat waiter service of complimentary refreshments.

Standard CLASS
First Class
PREMIUM First

Online booking prices are shown below and save £5 on prices applicable to telephone and in-person bookings. We do not charge an online booking fee.

Standard Class

Seating for 2, 3 or 4 people around a table in an open plan carriage

These comfortable carriages have tables at all seats and access to onboard toilets during the journey. If you book a Table for 4 but are a family of 5 and would like to snuggle up, you can choose to add an extra person for an additional charge.

Earlybird booking offer - book now at discounted rates!

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December

Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December

Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Sunday 22nd December

Tuesday 24th December

For 2 people

£100

£100

£100

£100

£100

£100

£100

£100

£100

Earlybird offer price

£79

£79

£79

£79

£79

£79

£79

£79

£79

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December

Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December

Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Sunday 22nd December

Tuesday 24th December

For 3 people

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

Earlybird offer price

£89

£89

£89

£89

£89

£89

£89

£89

£89

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December

Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December

Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Sunday 22nd December

Tuesday 24th December

For 4 people

£120

£120

£120

£120

£120

£120

£120

£120

£120

Earlybird price

£99

£99

£99

£99

£99

£99

£99

£99

£99


First Class

PRIVATE FAMILY COMPARTMENTS WITH SEATING FOR 4, 6 OR 8 PEOPLE

Enjoy the comfort of your own private compartment! These traditional carpeted carriages are festively decorated and can accommodate up to four, six or eight people*

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December

Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December

Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Sunday 22nd December

Tuesday 24th December

First Class Compartment for up to 4 people

£250

£250

£250

£250

£250

£250

£250

£250

£250

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December

Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December

Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Sunday 22nd December

Tuesday 24th December

First Class Compartment for up to 6 people

£330

£330

£330

£330

£330

£330

£330

£330

£330

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December

Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December

Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Sunday 22nd December

Tuesday 24th December

First Class Compartment for up to 8 people

£400

£400

£400

£400

£400

£400

£400

£400

£400

* Up to one extra adult may be added above the capacity of your compartment for a small additional charge


Premium First

SEATING FOR 6 PEOPLE AROUND TABLES IN OPEN PLAN CARRIAGES

Looking for an extra special experience? Premium Class includes complimentary Prosecco, Mulled Wine or Fruit Juice, deep filled warm Mince Pies, all waiter served at your seat during your steam hauled journey - and of course a visit from Santa himself bearing named gifts for the children!

Accommodation for up to six people is available at a table for two and a table for four immediately adjacent either side of the aisle. Premium First has limited availability on selected trains only.

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Saturday 7th December

Sunday 8th December

Saturday 14th December

Sunday 15th December

Saturday 21st December

Sunday 22nd December

Tuesday 24th December

Premium First Tables for up to 6 people

£375

£375

£375

£375

£375

£375

£375

£375

£375

Booking

When making a booking, you should purchase sufficient tickets for your entire group as seats are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Whilst we will always do our best to assist, it is not normally possible to add additional tickets to existing bookings or allocate seats for different bookings adjacent to one another.  Any alterations to your booking will incur a £5 administration charge.

Online booking prices shown above save £5 on those applicable to telephone or in-person bookings. We do not levy a booking fee.

For terms and conditions relating to the Santa Specials, visit:  http://www.kesr.org.uk/terms-conditions/#santa-specials

Parking

Limited free parking for our customers is available at Tenterden Town Station for up to three hours. In the event that our own car park becomes full, we suggest visitors make use of the Pay & Display car parks nearby.

Please ensure that you allow sufficient time for your journey & to find a parking space, adding additional time for inclement weather & Christmas congestion. Our Santa Specials are very popular & we regret that we are unable to provide accommodation on later services if you miss your booked train. Missing your booked departure will be treated as non-attendance and no refund will be possible.

Guests with reduced mobility

Our Accessible Coach 'Petros' is included in Santa Special trains on the 30th November and 1st December and provides ramped access and a wheelchair friendly space, plus three other seats for your family. Book online or contact us by telephone or via enquiries@kesr.org.uk for the latest availability. Please note though that we're unable to provide blue badge parking in the station forecourt. Reduced mobility visitors may be dropped off and collected at the station entrance & vehicles parked in the blue badge area of the main car park.

Date

Saturday 30th November

Sunday 1st December

Standard Class tables for four people - including up to two wheelchair users 

£120

£120

Earlybird offer price

£99

£99

Refreshments

A range of refreshments will be available to take away from the kiosk adjacent to the platform or eat-in in our Station Tea Rooms near the gallopers.

FAQ's

  1. I have a K&ESR Gift Card - how can I book a ticket?
    If you've a K&ESR Gift Card with a PIN and you'd like to use it in payment for an online booking, simply enter the card number where shown during the checkout process. If you don't have a PIN with your K&ESR Gift Card, just contact us via enquiries@kesr.org.uk and we'll be in touch with your PIN or we'll gladly make the booking for you.
  2. There are more of us than will fit in the space we'd like - can we squeeze another person in?
    If, for example, you're a family of two adults and three children and would like to occupy four standard class seats at a table for four, you can add an extra adult above the capacity of the space you're booking for a small additional charge. Details of how to do this are shown during the booking process. Please note that it is not possible to exceed the capacity at accessible accommodation within 'Petros' or in Premium Class accommodation.
  3. Can I bring my dog?
    Pets and dogs, other than Assistance Dogs, are not permitted at Santa Special events.
  4. Will the Gift Shop be open?
    Our Tenterden station Gift Shop will be open. We also have an online shop where you may purchase a K&ESR Gift Card.
  5. Can I buy refreshments at the station?
    Your ticket includes a goodie bag of light refreshments to enjoy on the train. The take away kiosk adjacent to the platform provides a range of hot food to purchase that may be enjoyed at the station or taken onboard the train, whilst the Station Tea Room offers light refreshments to enjoy inside.
  6. Is there wheelchair accommodation on the train?
    We are pleased to offer every assistance and have ramped access to selected Santa Special trains trains on the 30th November and 1st December - train departures with suffix (B) on these dates have ramped access to 'Petros', our accessible carriage. Please note that there is no blue badge parking in the station forecourt - visitors with reduced mobility may be dropped off and collected at the station entrance & vehicles parked in the main car park. Our Booking Office staff will be pleased to assist in planning your day if help is required - contact us via enquiries@kesr.org.uk
  7. What time does the station open and close?
    Gates open at 09:30 (other than on Sunday 26 November when we open at 11.30 am) and close 30 minutes after arrival of the last train. If you're due to travel on the last departure of the day, we recommend that you enjoy the station activities before travelling on the train (although you're welcome to ride the gallopers before and after your train ride!)
  8. Have another question?
    Please contact us via enquiries@kesr.org.uk if you have any questions that have not been answered in our FAQs.

Terms & Conditions - Santa Specials

When purchasing tickets, you are indicating your agreement to our terms & conditions  http://www.kesr.org.uk/terms-conditions/#santa-specials

Information is believed to be correct at time of publication E&OE