Join us on this seasonal train that will leave London Paddington early on Saturday morning for the scenic journey to Bath for its festive Christmas Market.
The market, with is many stalls and food outlets, is based around the historic Abbey and Spa Rooms of central Bath. With ample time to explore the market and the attractions of this world heritage city, what better way is there to ease you into the Christmas spirit than by a special steam hauled train.
We depart from London Paddington steam hauled by A4 Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa and make our way out of the Capital along the Great Western Railway main line. We pick up at Slough and then make our way to Reading where we pick up further passengers.
Following the Berks & Hants line, we follow the valley of the river Kennet through to Newbury, our final pick up station, where we pass the Racecourse. At Hungerford, we leave the Kennet behind and follow the Kennet & Avon canal through the Savernake Forest. The gradient steepens for the long climb to Savernake Summit before we enter the attractive Vale of Pewsey and head for Westbury. Approaching Westbury, we pass the famous White Horse carved in the chalk of the hillside.
Taking the Avon Valley, we encounter pretty Cotswold stone villages as we pass through Trowbridge and Bradford on Avon. The Dundas Canal Aqueduct spans the Kennet and Avon canal as we head for the city of Bath.
The city has many fine buildings, including the Abbey, Roman Baths, Poultney Bridge over the Avon and numerous buildings built with the attractive Bath stone. The Christmas Market is centered around the historic centre of Bath close by its Abbey and the Roman Baths. The numerous stalls will display local crafts and seasonal goods all to tempt you. Bath also has a varied range of quality shops in addition to the seasonal fare.
Late afternoon your steam hauled train will be waiting to take you back to London Paddington. We will call at our earlier pick up station to set down, concluding what promises to be a most memorable day.
Santa and the Elves will visit the train during the journey distributing presents for the children. Please advise us of your child's age when booking.
Premier Dining includes a full English breakfast and a four course dinner silver served at your seat.
First Class includes morning coffee with a variety of tulip muffins and afternoon tea with a savoury of the day followed by a selection of cakes and fancies.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat usually at a table for four.
Tables for two can be guaranteed in Premier Dining and First Class for a supplement of £25 per person (subject to availability).
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments.
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