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Santa Specials - railway journeys and boat trips in Derbyshire

00:00 13 November 2015

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway


Add something extra special to your festive season with a themed railway or boat ride to visit Santa

Midland Railway, Butterley

During the Christmas period, the Midland Railway Centre near Butterley runs Santa Specials where children can meet Santa in his on-board grotto. The trip includes a show from Pinxton Puppets, a quality gift for every child, with a mince pie and a miniature bottle of spirits for each adult. Trains run from the end of November and continue throughout December. For full details visit the website. Butterley Station, Ripley DE5 3QZ, 01773 570140,

Peak Railway, Rowsley

5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th-24th December. Journey by steam train from Rowsley South Station to Matlock Platform 2 and meet Mr Claus himself. In garland filled coaches piped with festive music, professional clowns and magicians will entertain you whilst you travel. Return journey, lasting approximately 1 hour. As you journey along, Santa and his many elves saunter through the train bearing gifts, sweets and drinks for every boy and girl. Family members can sit back and relax with a glass of hot mulled wine and a mince pie. Other refreshments can be purchased from the mini bar on the train with a wider selection of both hot and cold food and drinks available at Rowsley South Buffet. Matlock Station, Matlock DE4 3NA, 01629 580381,

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway

Wednesdays 9th, 16th and 23rd December. Saturdays and Sundays 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th December, plus Christmas Eve. All train rides start at Wirksworth and during the scenic journey to the ‘North Pole’ (Duffield) in a comfy warm carriage, each child will be able to give Santa their Christmas list in time for the big day and receive a special gift. Once you’re back at Wirksworth, the whole family can enjoy a complimentary mince pie and a festive drink to complete your Santa Special Experience. Return train journey is 18 miles and includes onboard entertainment from a magician and other festive activities. Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Wirksworth Station, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, 01629 823076,

Boat Journeys at Tapton Lock

Weekends from 21st November to 20th December. For a journey with a difference take to the waters at Chesterfield Canal and enjoy a festive trip with Santa. There’s a toy for each child and a drink and mince pie for each adult. Trips last 30 minutes and start from Tapton Lock. Booking and advance payment essential. Trips at 9.20am, 10am, 10.40am, 11.20am, 12noon, 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3pm and 3.40pm (except 21 an 22 November when trips at 11.20am 12noon, 1pm and 1.40pm only). Tapton Lock, Lockoford Lane, Chesterfield S41 7JB, 01629 533020,

Boat Journeys at Hollingwood Hub

21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th December. Children will love this special festive boat voyage along the Chesterfield Canal. Trips last 30 minutes from Hollingwood Hub, and include a toy for each child and a drink and mince pie for each adult. Trips at 9.20am, 10am, 1.40am, 11.20 am, 12noon, 1pm, 1.40pm, 2.20pm, 3pm and 3.40pm (trips from 12noon only on 21 December, last trip at 3pm on Christmas Eve). 22 Works Road, Hollingwood, Chesterfield S43 2PF, 01629 533020,

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