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“Santa special”

Keighley and Worth Valley Railway
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Haworth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed December 10, 2013

We took our children on this excursion 30 years ago, and now they are taking their children! It's wonderful.

1  Thank Julie H
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

We travelled on the Santa Special on 7 December in coach E from Oxenhope. A steam engine at the Oxenhope end and a diesel at the Keighley end. We had a fantastic day.The steward in the coach fully briefed us on what was to happen and could not have done more - and it all did as he explained it. We don't know the staffing of the train but there must have been dozens, from the steward, through to the fairy godmother, mince pie, sherry servers, chimney sweep, scrooge, clown, magicians, father christmas and his never ending parade of 'pixies'. The presents were of very good quality and themed for each child, and we saw the steward exchange one for a family without question. (the steward never seemed to stop and he said he was on the coach for 5 sessions!). There was also a bar on board serving drinks anyone wanted, even soft and hot drinks, was a really good and worth every penny we paid for the experience. Well done KWVR, we will come again.

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Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is the third year on the trot we have been on these trains. Three year old, 21 month old and 18 month old children had a great time on the train. Clowns, elves, Rudolf and a bear friend and of course Santa come through the train. The presents are good quality and suitable to age and sex of child. Steam engine at one end and diesel at the other end. Trip takes about one hour. Adults get a sherry and a mince pie. Bar also available on the train.
A really good experience.

2  Thank Allan R
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Reviewed November 27, 2013

Or in our case seen the film (the original one with Jenny Agutter) many times. Being in the area, we felt it time to see the railway where it was filmed.

Definitely not a disappointment. Park at Oakworth and soak up the little station where Peter nicked the coal. (There's even a section of wall they knocked out so he could get to it easier - now rebuilt.) Ask the staff (the older ones) about the filming. They'll take the time to chat at great length. It appears that Three Chimneys is actually a couple of miles away so Peter must have been innocent of his mining crimes. Loads to see and do. Board the trains that chuff up and down the valley and see the memorabilia of Haworth and Bronte country.

The strangest thing for me, though, was the perception of the area from the film and the reality. In the film, it feels remote and unpopulated. In reality Keighley is a fairly large town and the station nestles under a road bridge close to a supermarket, then the Worth valley is lined with houses and mills. No sign of Albert Perks, I'm sorry to say, and his house felt as if it was on the wrong side of the valley.

However, as a film buff or railway enthusiast, this railway has a tremendous appeal.

Go home, watch the movie again and look for all the locations you have seen.

2  Thank Joe H
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

To ride on this lovingly restored steam railway in a wonderful experience. The stations and amenities are spot-on and the staff couldn't be nicer. A great day out ... but at a price, especially if you are taking your family.

2  Thank hyde66art2013
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