Train rides with Santa in Kent at the Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells

Climb aboard a magical steam train ride with Father Christmas this winter.

The Spa Valley Railway has put on sale tickets to meet Santa on board some of its steam train services in the run up to Christmas.

Take a train ride with Santa
Take a train ride with Santa

For families who are yet to book tickets to meet Father Christmas in a grotto in Kent this year - a train ride with the man himself through the Kent and Sussex countryside could be the perfect alternative.

The 'Santa Special' steam trains travel between Eridge and Tunbridge Wells West. Santa will be on board each train with a gift wrapped present for the train's youngest passengers.

And if you're quick you can make use of an early bird Santa Special on November 23 and 24 when tickets are £2 cheaper for each passenger - making adult fares £14 children £12 and babies £3.

Standard-priced Santa Specials will then run on select dates between November 30 and Christmas Eve.

Passengers can enjoy a mince pie and children will receive a gift-wrapped present on board the train, there will be face painting at Eridge and at Tunbridge Wells West will be a beautifully decorated Christmas tree and the chance to play Victorian Penny Slot Machines.

The train rides will take you through the Kent countryside
The train rides will take you through the Kent countryside

Families can also take a picture with Santa in his sleigh before watching Christmas films in the small cinema or perhaps choosing to view the model train exhibit for an additional small charge of 50p.

Also this year will be the opportunity to enjoy a Santa Special experience with travel in premium carriages, a snack box and a Christmas cracker per person. This costs £26 for an adult and £21 for children aged two to 10.

Families can book online at www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk but seats must be selected at the time of booking otherwise sitting together with members of your party cannot be guaranteed.

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