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Santa Specials

Come and see Santa in his own Steam Train
7th December 2019 - 24th December 2019


Visit the Dean Forest Railway this Christmas or your chance to ride behind a real steam engine with Santa and his helpers on board - no queues for a grotto here!!

Each child will receive an age related gift and each adult will receive a mince pie and a miniature to help keep warm!

Our cafe will be offering seasonal refreshments all day. Our shop is well stocked with toys and gifts for both young and old.  Plenty of stocking filler ideas!

Pre-booking is essential.  Running dates and times are as follows:

7th December 2019 11:00 13:00 15:00  
8th December 2019 11:00 13:00 15:00  
14th December 2019 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00
15th December 2019 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00
21st December 2019 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00
22nd December 2019 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00
23rd December 2019 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00
24th December 2019 10:00 12:00 14:00 16:00

Each trip lasts approximately 75 minutes, travelling through the forest from Norchard Station (GL15 4ET) to Parkend and back.

Online booking is highly recommended, as many of the trains sell out in advance. 

All seating is allocated, and you will receive a ticket via email with you seating allocation after booking. Please note that the allocations are done manually, so there will be a delay between your booking and receiving your seating allocation, and in the interests of being able to better arrange the seating, the allocations will not be made until closer to the event.

Please note that under 2s do not need to be booked for and will travel for free but do not receive a present nor do they have a seat allocated. We regret that there is no wheelchair access on these trains.


  • Christmas
  • For the Family
  • Heritage


Dean Forest Railway
Forest Road
GL15 4ET
01594 845840

O/S Ref: SO 629 043


From A48 Gloucester to Chepstow road, take B4234 from Lydney to Parkend. Dean Forest Railway is on your left after approximately 2 miles.

Note The above directions are to our main centre at Norchard Station. Similarly the marker on the map is at Norchard.

Enter your start address:

  • Lydney


Dean Forest Railway

A 8.5 mile trip through the medieval forest to Parkend with steam and some heritage diesel train services. Free parking, cafeteria, museum and gift shop at Norchard station. Pay once - ride all day!

Attraction in or near Lydney