The Elf Express

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The Elf Express

December 24, 2020 @ 12:01 am - 5:00 pm

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Every Weekend from the 28th November - 20th December & daily 21st December - Christmas Eve


With the news last week that the Worth Valley will be in Tier 3, we have been working closely with Bradford Council to check that Santa can still join us and that our Elf Express services can run in December. We are very pleased to report that – subject to release of the final government legislation – our Elf Express trains will proceed as planned without infringing the new Covid regulations.

As a result, we are very much looking forward to welcoming you on board for a journey full of Christmas good cheer.

Our volunteers have been working tirelessly to consider the implications of the latest government guidance, particularly for those intending visitors who live in Tier 1 or 2 areas or are having to isolate.

We thank you for your understanding and for all your support.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway

How the restrictions affect you FAQs

‘The Elf Express’ has limited availability. We may receive some cancellations, so it is always worth checking the website to see if we have received some last minute cancellations.

Bookings are being accepted Online ONLY.

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Come aboard The Elf Express, and prepare to be amazed on a magical journey!

Arriving at Oxenhope, your Gateway to an exciting family adventure, you’ll meet some of Santa’s Elves and who will give you a Golden Ticket – your passport to an exciting journey to to Kringle Town’s Winter Wonderland. When the time is right, take a seat in your own private compartment and enjoy the ride to Kringle Town Station to meet Santa and his friends.

You’ll steam through the Worth Valley passing stations along the way. Be mesmerised as you pass through an enchanting tunnel of lights.

Join in with the festive fun at Kringle Town Station, and meet the man himself. There’ll be singing, laughter, goodies galore and special family memories this Christmas.

Experience the magic of Christmas at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

Your ticket includes:

  • Round trip from Oxenhope.
  • Reserved decorated private family compartment on a magical steam train.
  • Refreshments (Juice and a sweet treat, and something special for the adults).
  • Meeting Santa and his friends.
  • A gift for everyone.
  • Photo opportunity to remember your visit.

‘The Elf Express’ is now sold out. We may receive some cancellations, so it is always worth checking the website to see if we have received some last minute cancellations.

Price & Tickets and all you need to know

Prices & Tickets

‘The Elf Express’ is now sold out. We may receive some cancellations, so it is always worth checking the website to see if we have received some last minute cancellations.

The Elf Express departs Oxenhope at 09.50. 10.50, 11.50, 12.55, 14.00, 15.05 and 16.05. (Note that the last train on 24th December is the 15.05.)

The ticket price is for a compartment for your exclusive use on your journey from Oxenhope to Kringle Town Station.

21st & 22nd December Only

ONLY 21st & 22nd December left, this popular event is now sold out on all other days, but are currently suspended (please keep a lookout for when more tickets will be released).

Compartment for up to FOUR people (adults & children) – £90
Compartment for up to SIX people (adults & children) – £120

NOTE: All trains on 5th, 6th, 12th, 13th, 19th, 20th, 23rd & 24th December – SOLD OUT

EVERY child will need to be included in the number. Maximum number, SIX per compartment.

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Elf & Safety

COVID-19 has not been very good to the families who visit us every year but also to Santa and his helpers. So we have taken special precautions to make sure your visit to the KWVR is as safe as we can make it and that Santa and everyone who works on the Railway are fit and healthy to ensure you have a wonderful time on our railway.

How we will ensure that the Railway is a safe place to visit?

  • We have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes in line with government guidance. Each compartment will be fully cleaned before every journey, and hand sanitiser will be available at various locations.
  • We’ve been working hard to make sure that the Railway’s a safe place to visit. We’re proud to have been awarded the ‘We’re Good to Go’ industry charter mark as a result.
  • This shows that we’ve worked hard to follow Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines. It means you can be sure we have processes in place to maintain cleanliness and safety.

How will we enforce social distancing?

The safety of our passengers and staff is our main priority. On arrival at Oxenhope you’ll be welcomed into the spacious Exhibition Shed. Compartments will be called by number over the tannoy. Please wait until you hear your compartment before making your way to the platform. Our fully trained staff will open the compartment doors and will greet you at the end of the journey. Please remain seated until the door is opened. A one way system will be clearly marked out on the platform.

Will we need to wear a facemask?

Face masks aren’t compulsory when inside the private compartments as you’ll only be sharing with your household or linked household. The law requires a face covering to be worn in any indoor public building, this includes the Exhibition Shed. Unless you are exempt, please bring a covering to wear whilst inside the shed.



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