Kent and East Sussex Railway

Santa Specials 2021

Meet Santa at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

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CHRISTMAS IS SO EXCITING!

We love Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway and we have been welcoming families to meet Santa on our trains for 46 years!  There’s nothing quite like the pleasure of a steam train ride knowing your child will meet Santa and receive a gift, all from the comfort of your allocated seats.  Sit back, relax and enjoy the journey!

The experience for 2021 includes:

  • Steam Train Ride for 70 minute return journey
  • A complimentary refreshment pack for each family to enjoy during the journey
  • Age-appropriate presents for all children 11 and under
  • Children aged 12-15 will receive chocolates from Santa
  • Babes under 18 months of age are free of charge and receive a gift
  • Magician providing on-board entertainment
  • Free rides on the vintage gallopers on-site at Tenterden
  • Free photograph of your family group
  • Visit to the station’s Christmas model village

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!

Availability

Update 22nd November

Santa Specials are now fully booked. A limited number of seats remain available on our adult focussed ‘Yuletide Special on Friday 10th December – READ MORE

Please note that trains are formed of open-plan style carriages with tables or exclusive private compartments. Choose from:

    • Standard class table for up to 4 people – SOLD OUT
    • First class table for up to 4 people – SOLD OUT
    • Standard class compartment for up to 8 people from one family group – SOLD OUT
    • First class compartment for up to 6 people from one family group – SOLD OUT

Online booking prices are shown below and save £3 on those applicable to telephone and in-person bookings

Open plan for up to 4 people – Standard Class seats SOLD OUT

These carriages have an onboard toilet accessible during the journey, although we’re requesting everyone remains seated where possible. If you’re a family of five and would like to snuggle up in these comfy seats, you can choose to add an extra person for an additional charge.

We also have a limited number of wheelchair friendly spaces suitable for a user & up to 3 accompanying family members – call us on 01580 765155 to book

Date

4th December

5th December

11th December

12th December

18th December

19th December

21st December

22nd December

23rd December

24th December

Standard Class Table for up to 4 people

£100

£100

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110

£110


Open plan for up to 4 people – First Class seats – SOLD OUT

As for Standard Class for 4 people plus:

  • Present addressed with your child’s name
  • Armchair style seats in a carpeted carriage with increased legroom

Available on selected trains only

This carriage has an onboard toilet accessible during the journey, although we’re requesting everyone remains seated where possible. Like the standard class seats, if you’re a family of five and would like to bring a fifth person, you can choose to add an extra adult during the booking process for an additional charge.

Date

4th December

5th December

11th December

12th December

18th December

19th December

21st December

22nd December

23rd December

24th December

First Class Table for up to 4 people

£120

£120

£130

£130

£130

£130

£130

£130

£130

£130


Private Family Compartment – Standard Class – SOLD OUT

  • Private compartment  – perfect for a family gathering
  • Price includes accommodation for up to eight people

Date

4th December

5th December

11th December

12th December

18th December

19th December

21st December

22nd December

23rd December

24th December

Standard Class Family Compartments for up to 8 people

£190

£190

£200

£200

£200

£200

£200

£200

£200

£200


Private Family CompartmentS – First Class – SOLD OUT
For an extra special treat, our First Class Family Compartments offer:
  • Your own private compartment with wider seats and increased legroom
  • Present addressed with your child’s name
  • Price includes accommodation for up to four or six people*

Date

4th December

5th December

11th December

12th December

18th December

19th December

21st December

22nd December

23rd December

24th December

First Class Compartment for up to 4 people

£155

£155

£165

£165

£165

£165

£165

£165

£165

£165

Date

4th December

5th December

11th December

12th December

18th December

19th December

21st December

22nd December

23rd December

24th December

First Class Compartment for up to 6 people

£225

£225

£235

£235

£235

£235

£235

£235

£235

£235

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


Booking

When making a booking, you should purchase sufficient tickets for your family 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 different bookings adjacent to one another.  Any alterations to your booking will incur a £5 administration charge.

Online booking prices shown above save £3 on those applicable to telephone or in-person bookings.

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

Parking

Limited free parking is available at Tenterden Town Station. 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 and it will be treated as non-attendance and will not be refunded.

Special facilities for guests with impaired mobility

Our facilities have been carefully designed for those guests with impaired mobility. There are accessible toilets at the station and our specially adapted carriage ‘Petros’ provides facilities for the mobility impaired and runs on Santa Specials marked (A) – call us on 01580 765155 to book. Prices include a reduction for a carer. Please note that we’re currently unable to provide blue badge parking in the station forecourt: visitors 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 by telephone or via enquiries@kesr.org.uk

Refreshments

A range of light refreshments will be available to take away.

FAQ’s

  1. I have a K&ESR Gift Card – how can I book a ticket?
    If you’ve a K&ESR Gift Card that you’d like to use in payment for a booking, do get in touch with us via enquiries@kesr.org.uk and we’ll gladly make the booking for you. Please remember to bring the Gift Card with you when you visit us so that we may take the balance due. If you don’t have the Gift Card with you, you’ll need to pay using a debit or credit card.
  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, 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.
  3. Can I bring my dog?
    Pets and dogs, other than Assistance Dogs, are not permitted at Santa Special events.
  4. Is the Gift Shop 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. Is there wheelchair accommodation on the train?
    Although we’re unable to provide blue badge parking in the station forecourt, visitors may be dropped off and collected at the station entrance & vehicles parked in the main car park. Our specially adapted carriage ‘Petros’ provides facilities for the mobility impaired and runs on Santa Specials marked (A) – prices include a reduction for a carer. Our Booking Office staff will be pleased to assist in planning your day if help is required – contact us via enquiries@kesr.org.uk
  6. 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.

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