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“SANTA SPECIAL”

Avon Valley Railway (AVR)
Ranked #38 of 206 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Bristol and Bath's heritage steam railway, offering a six mile round trip which takes passengers along sections of the old Midland Railway, providing a chance to see the magnificent River Avon Valley from a unique viewpoint.
Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“SANTA SPECIAL”
Reviewed December 24, 2013

This was our 15th year of visiting and we always go on Christmas Eve to add that extra bit of magic. Avon Valley never fail to impress us, the volunteers who work so tirelessly each year and are always so happy and helpful, Santa who cheerfully welcomes each and everyone from the young to the old and all the hard work that is put in shows. We always go to the buffet train for a drink and bacon sarnies first before heading out on our train. A yummy mince pie or chocolate biscuit is welcomed by all and then that special personal visit by Santa to your child with a gift that is always lovely and magical, spending a little time talking to your child making it even more personal. I would highly recommend this treat for anyone, after all, we would not have been going back all these years if it wasn't worth it. Thank you Avon Valley for yet another memorable and magical visit. Hope to see you again next year!

Visited December 2013
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Santa Special”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

We went on the Santa special on Saturday with a 3 year old grandson.He loved it and can not wait to go again.

Everything was so well organised .Santa talked the children and my grandson was thrilled with his present a garage .

As he can not eat the biscuits ,he was given a big pot of fruit which he loved.

We were able to get out at the end of the line to see the engine and take a photograph with Santa before the return journey.

Visited December 2013
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2 Thank Jane C
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Bristol, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Santa Special on a Steam Train”
Reviewed December 21, 2013

We visited the Santa Special today with our 3 daughters. We all absolutely loved it! It's really well organised and the volunteers are so friendly. We really enjoyed the minced pies and the chocolate biscuits. The kids all received great quality presents from Santa and it really has put us all in the Christmas spirit! We'll definitely be back next year.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank k8tam80
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Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Experience”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

We took my 2 year old on the Santa trip and he, and all the family, loved it. The present from Santa was great value and the mince pies were delicious. All the staff were extremely kind and helpful and we definitely will be returning next year.

Visited December 2013
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1 Thank James C
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Santa on a steam train a must”
Reviewed December 16, 2013 via mobile

Each year my grandchildren want only the train ride to see Santa, they love it and get good presents, putting them into their Crimbo spirit, a well organised trip, mince pies or choc coated biscuit to top. See you next year Avon valley

Visited December 2013
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