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View from a previous Santa Special.

Santa will be ready to receive children in December 2017!

Text message received 09 December 2012

- received by email following visit on 13 December 2009

Thank you for your e-mail, we did get through on a phone line & was able to take the grand children yesterday on the `Santa Special` which we all enjoyed including a visit to santa up the chimney!!! The snowfall & bubbles was a huge success, we all enjoyed a lovely hot chocolate and delicious mince pie. The staff were in full christmas spirit which made us feel like children again enjoying the magic of it all. Thank you so much for a lovely day.

Other similar positive comments have been made in our Santa Special Visitor Book in 2010.

Comments made on 11 December 2011 include:-
(a)3rd year for us-Gets better and better. We had a great time. Thanks to everyone for all your hard work. We will be back next year.
(b)Beautiful! Well done everyone. Looks amazing. Daisy enjoyed seeing Father Xmas for first time. Defo back next year.
(c)(by email) We all had a lovely time on Sunday. It really made H (9) and L(8)'s Christmas. Neither of them have had a very happy year loosing the other Gran to a brain tumour at an early age and then their house was broken into a month ago and lots of things stolen including their Christmas money.

Comments in Visitor Book (9 December 2012) -(a) Had a lovely time. We thought Santa was lovely and really loved the snow and bubbles. Thank you!
-(b) We all had a brilliant time thank you. Loved the indoor snow and everyone super friendly.

Some comments following our first Santa Special for 2013 held on Sunday 8 December
a)Worth every penny. Train ride, meeting santa, drink and mince pie all in the price. We were there about an hour and a half in the grotto. Things to buy, and a miniature railway as well
b)My family and I would like to thank your volunteers for a lovely time today on the Santa Special. We all enjoyed the train ride but it was the reception afterward that was most enjoyable; the foam snow and bubbles were a hit with all of our children (ages 7 months - 13 years) and the grown ups!......It is evident that you all put so much of your time and energy into organising this super event. It was so personal; unlike the commercial grotto's in shopping centres where time is limited and they operate a conveyer belt system......
c)we went yesterday and it was brilliant. the kids loved it and there was loads for them to do

Thank you for checking out our web site and in particular details of our Santa Specials.

The Santa Specials at the Yeovil Railway Centre are an enjoyable experience for everyone from ages 1 to 100. You start your visit with a train ride behind one of our steam locomotives, we have a choice of a heritage carriage or a brake van (with a real coal fire) to ride in. Our track is about 1/3rd mile long, so the train ride is full of fun for the children but not long enough for them to get bored. Visitors then make their way to the ex GWR Transfer Shed, where Santa will be ready in his grotto. The cafe is also located inside the Transfer Shed, and your ticket entitles you to free tea, coffee or squash and a mince pie for the adults and biscuit for the children, just show the tickets at the cafe counter. We should have one or more model railway layouts running, and from the balcony in the Transfer Shed snow and bubble machines provide a truly exciting experience for the little ones. A selection of items from our shop will be available from tables in the Transfer Shed. Visits to view our full range of shop items are possible by asking one of the volunteers at the shop tables.

We take the safety of visitors very seriously. Parents/Grandparents/Guardians are asked to please keep your children with you at all times. Do not trespass on the railway and only cross our track on the designated board crossing. Please ensure your children take care when playing in the snow or bubble area!

We want you and your children to have a wonderful Santa experience with us. We appreciate all comments, good or bad, please feel free to make an entry in our visitors book. If any visitor wishes to raise any matters on the day, please do not hesitate to speak to one of our volunteers.

Booking Form and prices for Santa Specials 2018

*Our always (and increasingly) popular Santa Specials are to be held on 02 December (Sunday), 09 December (Sunday), 16 December (Sunday) 22 December (Saturday) and 23 December (Sunday) this year.

*Prices per person (adult or child) are 10.00 if pre-booked at least 24 hours in advance (9.50 per person for groups of 8 or more) and 12.00 per person for bookings received less than 24 hours in advance or on day (only if space is available-it is important for us to give time to the children during this special occasion. Please help us by booking as early as possible and there will be less chance of disappointment and save money at the same time!!).

Babies under the age of 1 are not charged but we will provide a small present from Santa. Please simply mention any young babies at the foot of the internet booking form.

*Trains run from 11am to 3pm (at 11am, 11.20am, 11.40am, 12noon, 2pm, 2.20pm, 2.40pm, and 3pm) - and if your preferred time cannot be met, you will be allocated the nearest available time which will be noted on the tickets sent in response to your booking.

*Your visit is likely to last around an hour and includes a steam train ride, seasonal refreshments and of course a visit to Santa's Grotto. The children will receive a carefully selected and appropriate gift. Other activities may also be available.

Our new automated booking service for Cards (includes payment via PayPal Logo - No PayPal account is required) is now available. This immediately confirms availability and delivers your tickets via email. Please either print or save the email on your mobile to show at the gate.

Sunday 02 December 2018 - Please CLICK HERE
Sunday 09 December 2018 - Please CLICK HERE
Sunday 16 December 2018 - Please CLICK HERE
Saturday 22 December 2018 - Please CLICK HERE
Sunday 23 December 2018 - Please CLICK HERE

Alternatively, if you wish to pay via cheque (or another means) please Click the link below. You can also purchase tickets by visiting our Shop (now available) which is open every Sunday morning until Christmas from 10am to noon.

Availability Guide - check colour below. (This is manually entered and may not reflect the up to the minute position)
Full (no more bookings accepted), Limited Spaces, Spaces Available (Updated 19/12/2018)

02 December 2018 11.00, 11.20, 11.40, 12.00, 2.00, 2.20, 2.40, 3.00
09 December 2018 11.00, 11.20, 11.40, 12.00, 2.00, 2.20, 2.40, 3.00
16 December 2018 10.40 (extra), 11.00, 11.20, 11.40, 12.00, 1.40 (extra), 2.00, 2.20, 2.40, 3.00

22 December 2018 11.00, 11.20, 11.40, 12.00, 2.00, 2.20, 2.40, 3.00
23 December 2018 10.40 (extra), 11.00, 11.20, 11.40, 12.00, 1.40 (extra), 2.00, 2.20, 2.40, 3.00, 3.20 (extra)
Sunday 23 December - is now SOLD OUT. We are really sorry but due to very high demand we will be unable to sell any tickets at the station this Sunday 23 December. For all of those who have purchased tickets in advance we look forward to welcoming you and we are really sorry to disappoint those of you who are not able to purchase tickets. .

Santa Special Ticket Booking arrangements (for Cheque payments - see above for Card payment via Automated Booking Service)

Check the availability guide above, select your preferred time and
CLICK TO BOOK to send us the details.


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You can telephone (from 16 September 2018) 07501 189065 (please leave message if necessary and we will call back).

If you have a difficulty in completing the on-line booking form or would like to post your details and remittance, please copy and paste the following into your text editor (eg Word), complete and Save the required information and then either:-

a) attach to an email and send to
b) forward a printed copy together with your payment.

Booking Form


Address (inc Postcode)

Telephone number..................................Email address.........................................

Day and Date you wish to book..................................... Time of train..............

Total number of adults................Total number of children................

Of the above children what ages are the females?...............Of the above children what ages are the males?..............

If you are sending the booking in the post please also complete the following sections - otherwise Save, attach to email and await our booking confirmation please.

Total payable.................................

Payment will be processed soon after receipt.

Payment Method (please delete) *Cheque (payable to Yeovil Railway Centre) - preferred method please or

*Credit/*Debit Card (please delete) Number......................................

Start Date..............Expiry Date................Issue Number (Switch only)............

Security No......................(last three digits next to signature on back of card)

Please debit my account with the sum of..............................(total payable as above)


Please print this screen and forward to Santa Specials, Yeovil Railway Centre, Yeovil Junction Station, Stoford, YEOVIL, Somerset BA22 9UU and a First Class SAE (if sending by post - if emailing we will despatch your tickets by return email) -.Thank you.


Please note that all attractions are subject to availability although we will try our hardest!!

Refunds Policy.
Up to 48 hours notice of cancellation - full ticket price refund less a 6 administration charge.
Less than 48 hours notice - no refund unless there are exceptional circumstances when consideration will be given on an individual basis.