If you are looking for a Santa visit in Essex then Audley End at Christmas could be just the thing for you. The Christmas Train at Audley End Miniature Railway is a Festive Treat for your calendar. When looking for a truly magical Santa visit with your children, then Audley End is a whole day out. With Christmas Train ‘the Santa Express’, Festive Characters, a winter wonderland walk, storytelling, and adventure play area.
If you haven’t visited Audley End Miniature Railway before, it’s definitely one to add to the list. Situated just outside Essex in Saffron Walden, it makes a truly magical day out for kids. It’s a wonderful train ride through 1.5 miles of woodland spotting Teddies in their decorated habitats. There is also an enchanted fairy walk, craft & activity area and outdoor play area! It’s such a lovely day out with the kids. You can read our previous post about it here. We have visited Audley end Miniature Railway many times and particularly love the Halloween, Easter and Elf and Fairy events. Audley End at Christmas is no exception.
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All aboard the Santa Express, a magical, Audley End Christmas family experience!
Audley End Railway Train at Christmas travels through the woodland. Along the way you’ll see lots of festive decorations to get you in the festive mood. Your journey along the track upon the Santa Express to Father Christmas’s Winter Wonderland. You and your family will meet Father Christmas, along with his very cheeky Elves. Each child receives a special gift and helps Father Christmas to raise enough Christmas spirit to fill the spirit-ometer to its maximum.
After leaving the train you get to visit the enchanted Fulfen forest with Holly the Christmas fairy who will lead you through the paths lined with snowy fir trees. You will visit the reindeer feed factory and create your own reindeer food package to take home and leave out on Christmas eve for the reindeer.
You will then journey to the north pole post office and write a special letter to Father Christmas. Once stamped you can then post it to Father Christmas in the post box.
Also available on your visit is the Adventure Play Area, Café and seating in the Tipi Tents. Their is also story telling with Mother Christmas at the candy land stage area. There are lots of lovely photo opportunities as you venture through the magical and festive woodland.
Included in the Audley End Christmas ticket price for 2022:
Train ride to meet Father Christmas and his Elves, Gift for every Child, Letter Writing, snowy Christmas walk to the Reindeer Food Factory, Mother Christmas’s Storytelling Show, Adventure Play Area
Booking in advance is required. Visit Audley End Miniature Railway website to book and for more information.
It is always such a magical experience at Audley End Railway and especially at Christmas time. Everything is so beautifully decorated, including the cafe area.
There is also a cafe on site offering a small selection of lunches and snacks and hot and cold drinks. We love the hot chocolate topped with cream and lots of marshmallows and a burger and chips always goes down well!
Read about the Halloween Train Event at Audley End Miniature Railway, their fairy and elf festival or the Easter event. You may also be interested in reading about our favourite free and fun days out in Essex for kids.
Where is Christmas at Audley End?
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JB.
Is there a charge for Car Parking?
Car parking is free. There is a large, woodland car park situated approximately 300m away from the main entrance and an on site disabled (blue badge) car park.
Are dogs allowed on site?
Yes, dogs are allowed on site but must be kept on a short lead at all times and all mess to be cleared up.
Are there refreshments on site?
An array of homemade hot and cold food and drinks are available from the Woodland Café.
What if I miss my specific train time?
If you are late and miss your specific train time, the admissions hut will issue you with a late ticket. They then do their best to get you onto a later train providing there is availability. This may not always be possible though, especially at special events.
Are there covered areas to shelter from bad weather?
Audley End is predominantly an open site with limited shelter. Please be prepared with suitable clothing and footwear.
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