Santa loves the West Country! We know
because we've spotted him on trams, trains and boats - track him down on unusual transport this
It's not just any old celebs who flock to the West Country. At this time of year the
most important VIP of all
leaves his reindeer fuelling up on oats and revising aeronautical theory
in preparation for Christmas Eve and heads for a refreshing West Country break
. We know because we've
seen him flashing by, a streak of red on trains, trams and boats - and now... sssssh... we're letting
you in on Santa's secret travel itinerary
for 2016. [Image credit: Lynton & Barnstaple Railway]Follow him on his tour of the West
(but you better be good if you want a present): The Polar Express, Seaton
Tramway, East Devon
Based on the best-selling book by Chris Van Allsburg and the classic
Christmas movie, this trip to the North Pole invites you to take part in the Polar Express experience by tram,
travelling along the Axe estuary and through two nature reserves. Listen to and sing along with all the songs,
be served hot chocolate and cookies by the dancing chefs and meet Santa and his happy bunch of elves. Each child
will receive a special gift from Santa and you're welcome to wear your pyjamas on board just like the movie!
Stay at 6 Lyme Mews,
Steam Railway Santa Express, South Devon
Depart by train from Paignton for a heady dose of
nostalgia on a scenic return journey to Kingswear. During your journey Aladdin, Jasmin, Jafar and the Genie
perform a mini pantomime to get you in the spirit to greet Father Christmas - who will visit you at your seat with
his sleigh and band of merry helpers. Make sure you charm Aladdin and perhaps your wishes will come true.Stay at The Boathouse,
KingswearSanta by Steam,
South Devon Railway, Buckfastleigh, Dartmoor
During your trip from Buckfastleigh to the North Pole (sometimes known as Totnes), all the children go and
see Father Christmas in his wonderful grotto to collect their Christmas present and enjoy a drink and a biscuit.
The grown ups aren't forgotten: there's a warming glass of mulled wine or a non alcoholic alternative and a mince pie for each of them.The journey takes an hour and a half to two hours.
Lynton and Barnstaple
Railway Santa Specials, North Devon
Enjoy an exciting two-mile return journey on this
picturesque narrow gauge railway from Woody Bay Station to Killington Lane and back by steam train. Get into the
festive spirit whilst the children experience the magic of Christmas by meeting Santa and receive an
individually named present.Stay at The Stables, LyntonMorwellham Christmas Special, West Devon
The Mine Train will trundle you to Santa at this historic World Heritage Site. You can sit by the warm fire
in his grotto, listen to a Christmas story and enjoy mulled wine and mince pies, then make a special
Christmas decoration to hang on your tree in your holiday cottage.
Stay at 1 River
Cottage, CalstockBodmin and Wenford Railway,
Enjoy a heritage steam train ride and see Santa in his grotto on board the
train during your journey. A free bag of presents is in store from Santa for children, mince pies
and seasonal refreshments for adults.Stay at Lower Meadow, RuthernbridgeFowey Christmas Market,
Santa can't resist a bit of nautical style. The pretty harbour town of
Fowey hosts markets and entertainment from 9th to 11th November. Father Christmas makes his arrival by
boat on the first evening, followed by switching on of Christmas lights and carols. On Saturday and
Sunday there are Christmas markets selling gifts, crafts and local food and drink.Stay at 7
Park Road, FoweyWest Somerset Railway Santa TrainsEnjoy a heritage steam train ride through glorious Somerset countryside with Santa, receive a present and chuckle at the entertainer.
The Santa Express chuffs from Bishops Lydeard to Williton and return or Minehead to Williton and
return, or the Santa Specials are a shorter route from Minehead to Blue Anchor and back, where you alight for the grotto.
East Somerset Railway, Somerset
Visit Santa in his festive grotto as the train chuffs slowly through the Mendip countryside.
The five mile round trip takes approximately one and a half hours, during which time, from the comfort of your seat, all the family can enjoy the splendid Mendip Hills from the old fashioned carriages and experience the unique sights, sounds and smells of a bygone age when steam was king.
Sail with Santa Cruise, Poole, Dorset
Departing from Poole Quay and sailing for approximately one hour and 15 minutes, this
trip, designed for families with children, will take you past Brownsea Island and
its famous castle built on the island by Henry VIII and the luxurious houses on Sandbanks
peninsula owned by the rich and famous residents. Santa will wander through the boat,
there's fun with an entertainer and Christmas music will waft over the waves.
Swanage Railway Santa Specials, Dorset
special train to meet Santa, be served refreshments by his special helpers and chortle
at the entertainer on the trip back. It's a nostalgic world that will take you back in
time to days of simple pleasures as you chuff past the spectacular ruins of Corfe Castle.
Stay at The
Chapel, Milborne St Andrew
And finally...... we've tracked down some of
Rudolph's cousins at the Somerset
and Santa is coming to pay them a visit! Come and
gatecrash - Santa will be telling Christmassy tales over hot chocolate and mince pies (and
we'd better not mention you can actually hire a real live reindeer to visit your