Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials

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Epping Ongar Railway - Santa's Special Trains

Santa Specials run on the 3rd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 17th, 18th and 20th to 24th December

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SANTA'S AGREED TO RETURN FOR 2022, SO IT'S ALL ABOARD FOR SANTA'S SPECIAL TRAIN!

All children receive a present from Santa

Join our heritage bus service at Epping or Ongar

Take a return journey on Santa's Special Train from North Weald

Meet Santa and his friends during the experience

The experience starts as you join our heritage bus service at either Epping Underground station or in Ongar. When you arrive at North Weald Station you will get the chance to get in the spirit with something from our festive food stall whilst you listen to our live brass band! As you wait for the train perhaps you will meet our characters who will be walking around the crowds looking for the nice children to make sure that Santa will find them later. Naughty children will not be allowed to board the train!

Not long after arriving you will be invited to move over our footbridge; make sure you have your camera ready as there will be a chance for a photo with Santa and his friends, while you wait in anticipation for the grand arrival of Santa's Special Train, which will take you on a return journey to Ongar. Whilst the nice children wait for Santa to find them on the train and give them a present, our entertainers will be around to keep you busy. The children will find time to write a letter for Santa or enter our drawing competition.

During the journey there will be short break at Ongar station before the train returns you to North Weald and the heritage bus service. Santa and his friends will deliver presents to children in our private compartments during the journey. They will then visit children in our family spaces at their seats whilst at Ongar. You may get off the train and stretch your legs at Ongar, but do ensure you don't miss the visit from Santa!

If you started the experience at Ongar, you may leave the train here, once you have had a visit from Santa. If you wish to do so, you will not be able to return to North Weald on a later train. 

Please note that whilst Santa's special trains will use the same train as that used for our Epping Ongar Light Fantastic service, the external lights will not be switched on for these trains.

Dates and times:

Santa's Special Trains run on 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 20, 21, 22, 23 and 24 December.

You can choose one of the following times: 

08:45

10:20

12:00

13.40 (not 24 December)

15.20 (not 24 December)

Ticket Prices

As well as our popular private compartments, offer "family spaces" in our standard coaches for up to 4, 6 or 8 people. This space is exclusive to your party around tables either side of a central aisle. For both private compartments and the 6 seat family spaces you can add up to two additional adults, for an additional charge, during the booking process. 

Private Compartment for up to 8 people (limited number per train): £240 (£265 Christmas Eve)
Private Compartment for up to 6 people: £190 (£215 Christmas Eve)
Family space in standard coaches (up to 8 people): £220 (£235 Christmas Eve)
Family space in standard coaches (up to 6 people): £160 (£175 Christmas Eve)
Family space in standard coaches (up to 4 people): £110 (£115 Christmas Eve)

If purchasing a private compartment or a 6 seat family space, you will be able to add up to 2 adults to each group for an additional fare of £25 each during the booking process

We collect names and ages of all children in your party during the booking process to allow Santa to provide a specially labelled present. 

All fares include the bus service from Epping or Ongar, a return journey on the train from North Weald, and a present for all children. 

CHECK AVAILABILITY and book your tickets here: Santa's Special Trains | Epping Ongar Railway (eorailway.co.uk)

 

 

Journey Planning

Getting to us

All trains will depart from North Weald station. (Postcode CM16 6BT). Do not follow the brown signs as these will direct you to Ongar station - use the postcode shown to find North Weald station. You will not be able to join these trains at Ongar.

Car parking will be available at North Weald station, at a cost of £5 per vehicle, with proceeds going towards railway projects.Due to limited space for parking only one car can be booked per booking. An alternative option is to use the free heritage bus service detailed below. 

A special heritage bus will operate from Epping Underground station and Ongar town centre. Travel on these buses is free of charge, but due to limited capacity these must be pre-booked. Buses depart at the times shown on your seperate bus tickets.

If you wish to use the bus then you only need to select one bus ticket per booking as it will cover all passengers in your group. 

Travelling via the Central Line? You can use the TfL journey planner to plan your journey to Epping in time for the connecting heritage bus.

You should allow up to 2 1⁄2 hours for your Santa Special experience from either Epping or Ongar.

Additional Information

Important additional information can be found here.

We hope you find all the information you need on this page, but if you have any queries, then please drop us a line via Facebook or Twitter, or email our dedicated sales team.

All of our magical, entertaining, and festive team including Santa and his elves, are looking forward to welcoming you on board.

 

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Facilities

Accessibility

  • Disabled persons toilet - Ladies and Gentlemen's toilets are available at Ongar and North Weald stations. Baby changing equipment is included within the Family Room / Ladies Waiting Room facilities at both stations. Disabled toilets are available in Ongar High Street (400 yards from station). Unfortunately, while we have enabled step-free access to Ongar building, the Grade II listed 1865 station does not accommodate a wheelchair accessible toilet. We have recently installed a new disabled toilet in our outlet building at North Weald.
  • Facility for service dogs - Well controlled dogs, guide and assistance dogs are welcome on our railway at no extra charge. However we are unable to accept dogs, other than assistance dogs, on our dining trains. Should your companion feel thirsty, there are usually water bowls on the platforms with fresh water available. If you cannot find these, please don't hesitate to ask.
  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Well controlled dogs, guide and assistance dogs are welcome on our railway at no extra charge. However we are unable to accept dogs, other than assistance dogs, on our dining trains. Should your companion feel thirsty, there are usually water bowls on the platforms with fresh water available. If you cannot find these, please don't hesitate to ask.
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - There is very limited parking available at the stations, with priority given to blue badge / disabled customers
  • Wheelchair user accessible - We are able to accommodate visitors with disabilities and in wheelchairs. Our Railway Access Statement - Policy for Disabled People is available to view online. Please do not hesitate to seek assistance from our friendly staff, who are here to help you enjoy your visit.

Catering

  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - We have our Anglia café coach at North Weald, which serves a range of hot and cold drinks and light refreshments. We also have the "Buffet Stop" at Ongar, also selling hot and cold drinks, crisps and snacks. We recommend the Picnic and Viewing Area at Ongar to relax and unwind, offering a grandstand view of the station and locomotives. At North Weald we have a number of picnic tables around the site that you are welcome to use. There are a number of local pubs and restaurants in both Ongar and North Weald, all offering hot meals.
  • Picnic Site - We recommend the Picnic and Viewing Area at Ongar to relax and unwind, offering a grandstand view of the station and locomotives. At North Weald we have a number of picnic tables around the site that you are welcome to use.

Establishment Features

  • Dogs admitted on a lead - Well controlled dogs, guide and assistance dogs are welcome on our railway at no extra charge. However we are unable to accept dogs, other than assistance dogs, on our dining trains. Should your companion feel thirsty, there are usually water bowls on the platforms with fresh water available. If you cannot find these, please don't hesitate to ask.
  • Dogs welcome - Well controlled dogs, guide and assistance dogs are welcome on our railway at no extra charge. However we are unable to accept dogs, other than assistance dogs, on our dining trains. Should your companion feel thirsty, there are usually water bowls on the platforms with fresh water available. If you cannot find these, please don't hesitate to ask.
  • Toilets

Parking & Transport

  • Coach parking
  • On site parking - There is very limited parking available at the stations, with priority given to blue badge / disabled customers. Please drive and park with care, avoid blocking access and with consideration of our neighbours.
  • Park and Ride - Park at Epping Station car park (pay and display) and pick up the EOR Heritage bus to North Weald Station.
  • Railway station within 5 miles - Heritage buses pick-up from Epping Central Line station for this event

Provider Preferences

  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • In town/city centre
  • Outdoor Event

Specialist Features

  • Cyclists welcome
  • Family Fun
  • Marketed Towards Families

Map & Directions

Road Directions

North Weald: North Weald Station, Station Road, North Weald, CM16 6BT

Ongar Station: Ongar Station, Station Approach, Ongar, CM5 9BN (Sanat Special run from North Weald)

Epping Underground Station, Station Road, Epping, CM16 4HW

Heritage buses collect from Epping Station and heritage trains run between North Weald and Ongar.

Public Transport Directions

Central Line to Epping Station where Epping Ongar Railway heritage buses will pick up and take you to North Weald and Ongar with heritage trains running on the line.

Epping Ongar Railway Santa Specials

Type:Christmas

Station Approach, Ongar, Essex, CM5 9BN

Tel: 01277 365200

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