Celebrate Christmas in style

Join us with your friends and family to celebrate the festive period with an array of celebratory events.

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Make merry with us this season!

‘Tis the season to get together with friends, family, and loved ones!

 

If you’re looking to book a merry meal, the elves at Park Head have decked the halls and thought of everything.

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Christmas Santa Specials At Weardale Railway

All aboard for a magical journey through the Weardale countryside this Christmas!


Embark on a magical Christmas journey through the Weardale countryside, departing from the festively decorated Santahope Station.

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Watch as the night sky comes to life

Auckland Castle’s dazzling new light trail will illuminate the skies of Bishop Auckland this Christmas.

 

AGLOW promises to be one of the most spectacular Christmas light trails in the North East. 

Christmas Season Menus

Join us with your friends and family to celebrate the festive period with an array of celebratory events!

 

‘Tis the season to get together with friends, family and loved ones!

If you’re looking to book a merry meal, the elves at Park Head have decked the halls and thought of everything.

 

If you want to savour the Christmas season(without the hassle of any washing up!), Park Head is the place to eat, drink and be merry!

Festive Menu

From 1st December until Christmas Eve, the Park Head kitchen will be smelling more festive than usual!

 

Our Chefs have created seasonal menus that will have you in the Christmas spirit from the first bite.

Offered in the evenings Monday-Saturday, you can choose from two or three courses but it’s sure to be a tough choice because everything sounds delicious…

We also offer this menu at lunchtime as a private dining option in our Laurel Room which can seat up to 50 guests.

Please ask one of the Park Head elves for more information.

Christmas Day

Spoil yourself with a scrumptious five course

Christmas Day Lunch!

 

Start your celebrations with a reception drink on arrival before settling down to a wonderful Christmas Lunch with luxury crackers and a very special visit from Santa…

New Years Eve

Join us for an elegant candlelit dinner to say goodbye to 2023 and welcome 2024.


Available for arrivals between 7pm and 9pm with a Champagne Cocktail to kick off your night, our exquisite menu is the perfect way to end the year.

Christmas Santa Specials At Weardale Railway

All aboard for a magical journey through the Weardale countryside this Christmas!

Four trains a day will depart from a festively decorated ‘Santahope’ Station at 10.30, 12.40, 14.50 and 17.00 (except for Christmas Eve when only the 10.30 and 12.40 services will operate).

The journey will take approximately an hour and you will be accompanied throughout by Santa’s elves and our team.

Meet Santa and Mrs Claus with every child receiving a gift from Santa!

The whole experience will last approximately two hours with the opportunity to visit the ‘Story Train’ and participate in Christmas activities.

Booking Information

Children under the age of two may sit on a parent or guardian’s lap, therefore do not require their own seat and will not be guaranteed one.

Tickets are sold individually. Whilst Weardale Railway Limited will make every effort to sit families and groups together, there may be occasions where we are unable to accommodate this.

For all enquiries regarding the Christmas trains, please send an e-mail to  [email protected]


For more information please click on the ‘Book Tickets’ button.

Christmas trains are operated by Weardale Railway Limited on behalf of The Auckland Project and supported by volunteers of the Weardale Railway Trust.

Watch as the night sky comes to life

Auckland Castle’s dazzling new light trail will illuminate the skies of Bishop Auckland this Christmas.

 

AGLOW promises to be one of the most spectacular Christmas light trails in the North East. With seventeen incredible illuminations and some of the largest light installations in the country, AGLOW is a must-see experience for all the family.

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