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Festive Express Railway Experience

14th Dec 2019 10:00 - 15th Dec 2019 16:30

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Exbury's Festive Railway Experience

Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th December 2019
10:00 - 16:00 

Train times:

  • 10:30
  • 11:00
  • 11:30
  • 12:00
  • 13:00
  • 13:30
  • 14:00
  • 14:30
  • 15:00

Visit Exbury’s Festive Express railway experience this December for a family Christmas day out like no other! Read on for further details.

Click to book Festive Express train ride

Click to book Meet father christmas

For details on 7th - 8th December 2019 click here.

Inside the engine shed…

Meet Father Christmas… festive decorations will be strung up from floor to ceiling, creating a cosy and festive atmosphere for you to take part in yuletide crafts. You can write your Christmas wishlist, create glittery cards and make paper straw trees guided by our Exbury elves. You can also meet Father Christmas in his very special ‘royal’ train carriage reserved just for your family, and take home a very special Christmas gift. A face painter will be also in the Engine Shed, ready to paint visitors as snowmen, reindeer or your favourite festive character for a small fee.

At the platform…

Platform… they’ll be decorations galore to set off the Victorian splendour of our replica train station. Plus, a beautifully adorned 10ft Christmas tree and carolling from local choirs at intervals throughout each day.

On the train…

On train… real-life elves will be greeting passengers and interacting with children. They’ll guide families on a festive journey through the gardens, pointing out all the fantastic decorations that line the tracks and leading carol-singing as you steam along.

Train times:

  • 10:30
  • 11:00
  • 11:30
  • 12:00
  • 13:00
  • 13:30
  • 14:00
  • 14:30
  • 15:00
In the gardens…

trail… discover the winter grandeur of the northern area of the gardens. Do you know the names of all Father Christmas’ reindeers? Our gardeners have lovingly handmade 10 log reindeers out of wood from the estate and we will be hiding them around the gardens as part of a trail for families to take part in.

Prices

Festive Express train ride = £6 per person*

Click to book

Meet Father Christmas = £5 per child

Click to book Meet

Friends of Exbury annual members can receive a 10% discount on both the Festive Railway train ride and meeting Father Christmas. Please call us on 02380891203 to book if you're a member. Proof of membership will be required on booking and upon arrival.

*Under 3s go free on the Festive Express train ride

*spaces to meet Father Christmas are limited to 80 children per day and are likely to sell out quickly. Please book your ticket online or over the phone early to avoid disappointment. When you arrive at the gardens you will need to book a 5-minute timeslot (10 minutes for groups of more than 1 child) with Mother Christmas who will be located in the engine shed. Any extra spaces will be sold on a first come first served basis.

‘We recently had some friends from London to visit and were looking for something to entertain our young children for the day. We decided to give Exbury Gardens a try and I thought it was wonderful. We had Sunday lunch in the restaurant and the food was far superior to other local attractions so compliments to the chef. Walking through the gardens was beautiful with lots of little pathways to explore. I have lived in the Romsey area for many years and always thought Exbury was a little out of the way but it only took me 20 minutes from the motorway. We will definitely be a regular visitor from now on.’

Philip Moulds, New Forest

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