Every journey ends with a memory - Severn Valley Railway
Every journey ends with a memory - Severn Valley Railway
Severn Valley Railway Official Site or Severn Valley Railway Families Follow us @svrofficialsite How to find us Getting to the railway is easy, by rail or car. Take the train to Kidderminster mainline station or hop in the car and use our sat-nav-friendly postcodes: Kidderminster Station DY10 1QX Bewdley Station DY12 1BG Bridgnorth Station WV16 5DT Severn Valley Railway, Number One, Comberton Place, Kidderminster, DY10 1QR. Telephone: 01562 757900 svr.co.uk KIDDERMINSTER · BEWDLEY · BRIDGNORTH Access for the less able We are pleased to welcome visitors with limited mobility. Some of our trains have specially adapted carriages.
Ramps, which permit access for wheelchairs to our trains, are available at all stations mentioned in this brochure. Please note, however, that due to the age and design of our dining carriages it is NOT possible for wheelchair users to remain in their wheelchairs whilst dining. On dining services wheelchairs may be stored in the Guard’s Van.
Reserve your space for a wheelchair at the point of booking either online or by calling us. Cover photo by kind permission of Adrian White. svr.co.uk Santa Experiences • Christmas Dining Gift Ideas • Carol Trains • Festive Timetable DEC 1st 2018 - JAN 6th 2019 ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL 2018 Every journey ends with a memory
Celebrate the most wonderful of seasons aboard a heritage steam train with one of our fabulous festive experiences. As the Christmas lights begin to twinkle, hop aboard and travel to meet Santa and his team of Elves in his festive grotto or make plans to join us for a seasonal sing-along aboard our ever-popular carol trains.
Put the feast back into festival and indulge in one of our sumptuous dining experiences, ranging from a timeless afternoon tea to an on-board four-course Christmas luncheon served in the style and splendour of a bygone age. Plus, there’s the ever-popular Christmas Carvery at The Engine House Visitor Centre.
We’ve gifts galore too, from tasty treats to driving experiences. Turn to page 13 for just a snapshot of one-of-a-kind experiences and truly memorable gifts we have on offer. Above all, please hurry! Advance booking for all of our Christmas specials is essential so please don’t miss out. Welcome to Christmas Severn Valley Railway on the See back page for details. Plan your Christmas and Festive Season experiences 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 1 2 3 4 5 6 Santa experiences Festive experiences On-board festive dining Santa Steam Specials Christmas Carols Murder Mystery trains Christmas Carvery at The Engine House Afternoon Tea Luncheon Trains Evening Diner Trains Santa Sleigh Express Christmas Crackers The Twelve Days of Christmas - our festive season service, running until 6th January (NEW for 2018/19) See page13 for our ultimate Gift Guide TICKETS NOW ON SALE Visit svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900 to book now December January Take our VIP Santa Sleigh Express See page 6
Book online at svr.co.uk/SantaSpecials or call 01562 757900 See back page for details. Get into the Christmas spirit by joining one of our Santa Steam Specials to meet Father Christmas in his grotto. 04 05 Santa Steam Specials ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL Travel by steam train in guaranteed seats from Kidderminster to Arley where children, and grown-ups alike, will have the thrill of meeting Father Christmas in his grotto. Pick up an early Christmas present for all fare-paying children, before the steam train of your choice takes you back to Kidderminster. December 1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd & 23rd Trains depart from Kidderminster at 9.45am, 10.15am, 10.45am, 11.15am, 11.45am, 12.15pm, 12.45pm, 1.15pm, 2.00pm, 2.30pm, 3.00pm, 3.30pm & 4.00pm.
Your ticket includes: • Guaranteed seats on your journey to Arley • Meet and greet with Santa in his Arley grotto • A present for all fare-paying children • Return travel from Arley to Kidderminster (on the train of your choice, with the option to get off at Bewdley) Ticket prices Adults, seniors and children (1-15 years) December 1st & 2nd . £ 15.00 December 8th & 9th . £ 17.00 December 15th & 16th . £ 18.00 December 22nd & 23rd . £ 20.00 Babies under 12 months, £7.50 on all dates (includes a present). Booking fee of £1.75 also applies. TRAVEL EARLY TO SAVE B E AN EARLY BI R D ! IMPORTANT: Please arrive at the station 45 minutes before departure.
Parking at DY10 1QR (SVR), DY10 1QX (mainline station), DY10 1NB (Kidderminster Harriers FC). Journey time 30 minutes in each direction, please allow 3 hours for your round trip. Train seating is available in tables of 4 and compartments of 8 on a shared basis. Buggies and pushchairs to be folded down and stowed in the guard’s van. There are no nappy changing facilities on the train. Toilet and restaurant facilities at Arley are limited. A refreshment trolley service operates on most trains.
December 24th Departs Kidderminster at 10.45am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 2.45pm. Your ticket includes: • Meet and greet Santa at your reserved table or compartment • Entertainment from mischievous elves • A present for all children • Complimentary drink and sweet treat for each passenger • PLUS a special gift for your Christmas tree Ticket prices Reserved table . £ 100.00 Reserved compartment . £ 150.00 IMPORTANT: Please arrive at the station 45 minutes before departure. Parking is at DY10 1QR and DY10 1QX. This train journey lasts approx. 90 minutes but please allow extra time for entertainment prior to departure.
Kidderminster station has toilets, a restaurant and a pub. Train seating is available in tables of 4 or compartments of 6. There are no nappy changing facilities on the train. Buggies and pushchairs to be folded down and stowed in the guard’s van. A refreshment trolley service operates on most trains. Get Christmas off to a magical start as you travel with Father Christmas on our Santa Sleigh Express.
Enjoy a Christmas Eve journey with Santa to Highley, tucked into your own reserved compartment or seated at a table. On board you’ll be joined by Father Christmas himself with a present just for you. Sing along or just soak up the festive atmosphere as we get Christmas off to a traditional start with an evening of carols and festive music. Make sure your vocal chords are warmed up as you join a local choir aboard our heritage diesel train on a trip from Kidderminster to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.
December 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd Trains depart Kidderminster at 7.45pm arriving back approx.
10.45pm. Ticket prices Adults £ 18.00 Children £ 13.00 IMPORTANT: Please arrive at the station 45 minutes before departure. Parking is at DY10 1QR and DY10 1QX. Passengers will be required to get on and off the train on a number of occasions and walk 150 metres from Highley Station to The Engine House, therefore wheelchair users and those with mobility issues MUST seek advice before booking. Buggies and pushchairs to be folded down and stowed in the guard’s van. A refreshment trolley service operates on most trains. PREMIUM EXPERIENCE December 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th Kidderminster departures at 10.30am and 1.15pm.
Ticket prices Morning train (10.30am . £ 13.00 Afternoon train (1.15pm . £ 11.50 To make your booking Call our Education Service on 01746 862387 Mon-Fri, 9.00am - 4.30pm 06 07 Christmas Carol trains Christmas Cracker Express Santa Sleigh Express Get Christmas off to a magical start as you travel in the company of Santa with your classmates on our Christmas Cracker steam train to Highley.
Exclusively for schools, nurseries and playgroups. Image courtesy of Jed Bennett Visit svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900 to book now See back page for details.
Gather together family and friends to celebrate Christmas in style with a sumptuous dining experience aboard a steam-hauled train. Relive the glamour of a bygone era in our beautifully-restored dining cars as you travel from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and back - choosing from one of the following indulgent options. ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL via svr.co.uk where menus and wines can be selected - book early to avoid disappointment.
Christmas Dining Trains See back page for details. SVR House Sauvignon . £ 16.00 SVR House Cabernet Sauvignon . £ 16.00 Chardonnay (Australia . £ 17.00 Pinot Grigio (white, Italy . £ 17.00 Pinot Grigio (rosé, Italy . £ 17.00 Shiraz (Australia . £ 17.50 Merlot (Chile . £ 18.50 Malbec (Argentina . £ 18.50 Rioja (Spain . £ 18.50 Prosecco (Italy . £ 20.00 Sparkling Pinot Grigio (rosé, Italy . £ 21.00 Monmarthe Champagne (France . £ 37.00 – Wine List – Christmas Menu Pre-order your wine Why not pre-order your wines at the time of booking? There is also a full bar service on all of our trains. Festive Afternoon Tea and EXCLUSIVE private hire packages See over for details.
Midweek Luncheon Trains December 7th, 14th, 19th, 20th and 21st Departs Kidderminster at 12.45pm. Arrives back at Kidderminster at 3.45pm. Meal Train fare Total cost Adult £39.50 £19.50 £59.00 Evening Diner Trains December 15th and 22nd Departs Kidderminster at 7.15pm. Arrives back at Kidderminster at 10.15pm. Meal Train fare Total cost Adult £43.50 £19.50 £63.00 Murder Mystery Trains December 1st and 8th Departs Kidderminster at 7.15pm. Arrives back at Kidderminster at 10.15pm. Meal Train fare Total cost Adult £49.50 £19.50 £69.00 SVR Members (train fare £13, pre-booked) must present membership cards on the day.
Those with free travel passes/tickets valid on date of travel (e.g. shareholders) must also present these on the day. Please note, the Engine House is closed whilst dining trains are in operation. ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL 08 09 Starters Lightly-spiced sweet potato soup with root vegetable toppings Pressed sweet chilli chicken terrine, salad leaves and warmed mini loaf Seville orange timbale with watermelon wedge Main Course Turkey breast wrapped in bacon Oven-baked salmon fillet, smoked paprika butter drizzle Goats cheese and blueberry chutney tartlet (V) Turkey breast parcel with gluten-free seasoning (GF) A selection of fresh vegetables and seasoned potatoes Dessert Traditional Christmas pudding and brandy sauce Majestic mint chocolate crisp slice with vanilla cream pot Almond Toblerone slice with vanilla cream pot (GF) Coffee or tea and mince pie Please notify the Railway of any dietary allergies you have at the time of booking.
Visit svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900 to book now Wheelchair users: please refer to the back page for specific information relating to dining services.
Let the Christmas celebrations continue with our Festive Season Luncheon trains. Enjoy fabulous winter views from the comfort and elegance of our period dining cars, as well as a delicious three-course lunch. A wonderful way to spend time with the family. December 29th, 30th and 31st Departs Kidderminster at 13.25pm. Arrives back at Kidderminster 4.15pm. Meal Train fare Total cost Adult £39.50 £19.50 £59.00 SVR Members (train fare £13, pre-booked) must present membership cards on the day. Those with free travel passes/ tickets valid on date of travel (e.g. shareholders) must also present these on the day.
SVR Members (train fare £11.50, pre-booked) must present membership cards on the day. Those with free travel passes/ tickets valid on date of travel (e.g. shareholders) must also present these on the day. Join us for that quintessentially British treat, festive afternoon tea onboard a beautifully-restored 1930s teak dining car. Join in our Sherry reception as you board, before steaming along the Severn Valley. Sample our homemade soup, savour a selection of tasty sandwiches before indulging in a delicious assortment of sweet delights, accompanied by your choice from a fine selection of teas.
December 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th Departing Kidderminster For an extra-special festive celebration or gift, why not hire the Shrewsbury Saloon, our beautifully-refurbished private carriage? Steam in style between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth and choose between a sumptuous cold buffet for up to 20 people or a winter-warming, four-course hot menu for up to 10 people. A full bar service is also available. Ticket prices Afternoon tea menu for up to 20 guests £1,100 Cold Buffet for up to 20 guests £1,300 Hot menu for up to 10 guests £1,000 Prices include Hire of the saloon, train travel and seasonal menus.
Available on the same dates as other dining trains. Menus available to view at svr.co.uk/privatehire Bookings must be made by telephone on 01562 757512. See back page for details. ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL 10 Festive Season Luncheon trains Festive Afternoon Tea Shrewsbury Saloon Visit svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900 to book now Wheelchair users: please refer to the back page for specific information relating to dining services. Afternoon tea Train fare Total cost Adult £25.00 £17.50 £42.50 This train travels from Kidderminster to Highley with no option to get off. Please allow 1hr 15 minutes for your return journey.
ADVANCE BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL via svr.co.uk where menus and wines can be selected. SVR Members (train fare £13, pre-booked) must present membership cards on the day. Those with free travel passes/ tickets valid on date of travel (e.g. shareholders) must also present these on the day.
Practically perfect (everyone’s best-loved Nanny) Join us for quaint delightful afternoon tea with vintage china, and classic selection from the afternoon tea stand. January 3rd, 4th and 5th Departing Kidderminster or Bridgnorth for full-line return journey, with a single journey within the restaurant carriage. Themed Afternoon Tea Afternoon tea Train fare Total cost Adult £25.00 £19.50 £44.50
Travel on one of our heritage steam trains from Kidderminster to The Engine House at Highley in a reserved carriage. Once there you will be able to enjoy the exhibitions and displays before taking your seat for our tasty Christmas Carvery Lunch.
December 4th, 5th and 6th Departs Kidderminster at 10.30am. Lunch served at midday and arrive back at 2.50pm. Tickets £ 36.95 per person Includes return travel by heritage steam train from Kidderminster to Highley, admission to The Engine House and a carvery lunch.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Please arrive 30 minutes before departure. Note passengers will be required to walk 150 metres from Highley Station to The Engine House, Wheelchair users and those with mobility issues must seek advice before booking. Main Course Locally-sourced succulent roast turkey served with pigs-in-blankets Crumbed lamb cutlets with a mint and pomegranate jus Salmon en papillote with a dill sauce Melanzane parmigiana served with Christmas Tree garlic bread (V) All served with a seasonal vegetable selection of honey-roast parsnips, carrots, sprouts, roast potatoes and lashings of chef’s homemade gravy.
Dessert Traditional Christmas pudding with brandy sauce or custard Festive ice-cream sundae A selection of chilled festive desserts Cheese board with crackers and festive chutney Homemade citrus pastry mince pie served with tea or coffee Dining in style Treat a loved one to an unforgettable dining experience aboard a steam train. Choose from delicious lunches, sumptuous dinners, thrilling Murder Mysteries and tasty afternoon teas, all served in one of our glamorous period restaurant cars. Enjoy seasonal views with our seasonal menus. Plus NEW for 2019: look out for our Themed Afternoon Teas.
Footplate Experiences A fantastic opportunity to drive a train on a journey of adventure that you will never forget! All year round Experiences to suit both steam and diesel enthusiasts are available from £160 per person, so whether it's to realise a lifelong ambition, or as that very special gift, driving a railway locomotive is an amazing adventure. Gift vouchers available. Conditions apply. Annual Family Pass Why not treat the family to an Annual Family Pass? Ideal for regular visitors to the SVR. Prices from £165 for a Small Family pass (conditions apply). Severn Valley Railway Membership Treat that special person to membership of the Severn Valley Railway.
Members receive a quarterly magazine and discounts on fares.
Presents for everyone in our Gift Shops Our gift shops at Kidderminster, The Engine House at Highley and Bridgnorth stock a wide range of souvenirs, gifts, books, DVDs and model railway items. Call 01562 757900 or visit svr.co.uk for further information and prices where not shown. The prices listed include VAT and are guaranteed until November 30th 2018. See back page for details. Pre-order your drinks Drinks menu available for you to pre-order for your meal. ADVANCE BOOKING ESSENTIAL 12 13 Christmas Carvery at The Engine House Christmas Gifts with a difference Carvery Menu Visit svr.co.uk or call 01746 862387 (carvery) or 01562 757900 to book now
Let the Christmas festivities continue with a leisurely steam train journey along the beautiful Severn Valley. Trains operate between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth from Boxing Day to January 6th 2019 inclusive. The Engine House, our visitor centre at Highley, is also open throughout this period and makes an ideal point to break your journey. No need to book However, advance bookings can be made at discount prices, online at svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900 using your debit or credit card at least ten working days in advance to allow for Christmas postal delay. ‘ Freedom of the Line’ Return tickets (Kidderminster - Bridgnorth) These fares include FREE admission to The Engine House, our visitor centre at Highley, opening hours:10.30am - 5.30pm.
A dining service also operates on December 29th, 30th and 31st. Please see page 10 for details. Advance booking is essential for dining. Normal train fares apply.
26th December - 6th January As we’re open for some extra days this year, we’ve come up with TWELVE great activities for the TWELVE days of Christmas along the Severn Valley line. The TWELVE DAYS of Christmas On the day Pre-booked Adult £21.00 £19.50 Children (4-15 years) £14.00 £13.00 Family (2 adults and 2,3 or 4 children) £59.00 £55.00 ST D ST ST D ST Kidderminster 10.00 11.20 12.40 2.00 3.20 4.40 Bewdley 10.14 11.34 12.54 2.14 3.34 4.54 Arley 10.30 11.50 1.10 2.30 3.50 5.10 Highley 10.41 12.01 1.21 2.41 4.01 5.21 Hampton Loade 10.53 12.13 1.33 2.53 4.13 5.33 Bridgnorth 11.08 12.28 1.48 3.08 4.28 5.48 ST=STEAM D=DIESEL ST ST D ST ST D Bridgnorth 10.25 11.50 1.10 2.30 3.50 5.10 Hampton Loade 10.54 12.14 1.34 2.54 4.14 5.34 Highley 11.07 12.27 1.47 3.07 4.27 5.46 Arley 11.18 12.38 1.58 3.18 4.38 5.56 Bewdley 11.34 12.54 2.14 3.34 4.54 6.11 Kidderminster 11.45 1.05 2.25 3.45 5.10 6.27 14 15 Festive Season Train Service Walk off your Christmas indulgence in the glorious Severn Valley.
You can hop on and off the trains and walk between the stations. One of our favourite walks is along the Severn Way from Hampton Loade to Highley, where you can stop off for a delicious lunch or an afternoon tea. Make the most of the Christmas sales! Travel in the warmth and comfort of our historic carriages, and get off the train at Bewdley or Bridgnorth to visit the independent shops for that bargain you’ve always wanted. Say thanks to Mum, Dad, Granny and Grandad! Treat your loved ones to a piece of delicious cake at The Engine House Café.
Quack quack! The locally-famous Duck Race in Bewdley returns on January 1st. Use our park and ride train service from Kidderminster or Bridgnorth to cheer on your favourite duck. Indulge in a delicious themed Afternoon Tea from January 3rd to 5th. Warm the cockles of your heart as you take a train ride through the Severn Valley in a First Class carriage. Get your friends and family together for a Christmas lunch at The Engine House Visitor Centre on offer daily from 26th December 2018 to 6th January 2019. Pre-booking is not required. Go up the line from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth sampling the festive real ales on offer at our CAMRA accredited pubs The King & Castle and The Railwayman’s Arms.
Wrap up warm and enjoy some trainspotting with some wintry vistas from a number of viewpoints. Brush up on your Railway history with a visit to the Kidderminster Railway Museum. Pre-book a King & Castle Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea at Kidderminster Station. Celebrate 12th Night with a traditional ale at the Railwayman’s Arms. See opposite for our Festive Season Timetable to plan your perfect day. 12 10 11 9 7 5 3 1 8 6 4 2