Our special Christmas excursion by steam train from the south coast to the magnificent city of Bath follows a particularly scenic route through attractive countryside.
There will be over four hours to explore the city, and visit the famous Bath Christmas Market. The Christmas lights will be on, the market will be in full swing, the city will be alive with the sound of Christmas music, and in a truly festive mood.
Our train leaves Three Bridges, steam hauled by A4 class Pacific No. 60009 Union of South Africa, and head south along the Brighton main line. It stops at Haywards Heath to pick up more passengers before continuing to Preston Park, where passengers from the Brighton area can join the train. We stop to pick up passengers at Hove and Worthing. At Salisbury, we stop for our locomotive to take on water and for passengers to stretch their legs and perhaps have a chat with our driver.
We take the South Western main line to Wilton, famous for its carpets, and then turn north through the rambling Wiltshire countryside. We cross the edge of Salisbury Plain to Warminster, noted for its army presence, before descending to Westbury. The route then follows the beautiful Avon Valley through Bradford-on-Avon to Bathampton Junction, and then it is only a short distance to Bath and the well-kept Bath Spa Station, close to the city centre.
The afternoon is free to explore the Georgian city and visit the distinctively ‘British’ Bath Christmas Market which has over 170 traditional wooden chalets selling seasonal products and gifts. The Abbey, Roman Baths, and Pump Room with its restaurant, all surround the Market site and are central to the main shopping area. However, don’t miss Milsom Street, voted ‘Britain’s Best Fashion Street’, and if you wish to see the sights at leisure, hop on a ‘City Sightseeing Tours’ bus. All too soon our visit to this remarkable city will have to end as it will be time to go back to our train.
We return to Three Bridges, diesel hauled, following the route of our outward journey and stopping at the same stations for passengers to alight. During the journey, Father Christmas and his Elves will be visiting the train handing out presents to all the children on board. Please let us know 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 Danish pastry and afternoon tea with a savoury dish followed by a selection of fancies and cakes.
Standard Class includes a reserved seat at a table for four.
A buffet car is available and serves tea, coffee, snacks and light refreshments. Tables for two can be guaranteed in first class and premier dining for a supplement of £22 per person. (subject to availability)
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