30/12/2020 UPDATE

Swanage Railway's primary concern is for the safety of our passengers and staff and we have in place a comprehensive set of Covid safe measures and have carried over 50, 000 passengers safely since July. 

However, due to the unprecedented rise in reported covid 19 cases in the last 24 hours, and the rapid emergence of the new variant, we have taken the difficult decisions to cancel our Steam and Lights services on 30th & 31st December 2020 because of the significant increase in risk. 

We appreciate the disappointment for those of you who have booked on these services but we hope you will understand why we have taken this  action.  We are planning  to run Steam and Lights again in 2021

We will be issuing refunds to customer who are booked on these services over the next 10 days so please do not try to call us.  You will receive an email to confirm your cancellation has taken place.

We look forward to welcoming you on to one of our trains before too long and wish you a safe and happy New Year. 

20/12/2020 UPDATE

If you have a booking and reside in tier 3 or 4, please contact us as we are not able to allow you to travel under the new government regulations.

Please use the contact form here 

Make wonderful and magical memories in the run-up to Christmas, thanks to a new festive first for the Swanage Railway – an evocative, dramatic and colourful Steam and Lights train journey through the Isle of Purbeck countryside.

A new not to be missed pre-booked steam train experience, the steam locomotive and carriages will be covered with brightly coloured lights while the cosy steam-heated carriage interiors will be festively decorated for the one-hour evening round trip passing the historic ruins of Corfe Castle.

A memorable experience suitable for all ages. Stations and key points along the line will be specially lit as the Steam and Lights train passes through in the dark.

On board the train, there will be festive music synchronised to the lighting displays passing the carriage windows as well as an informative on-train commentary.

Before passengers board the Steam and Lights train at Swanage station, there will be a dramatic switch-on of the train lights at the platform.

With allocated socially distanced seating, the Steam and Lights trains must be booked in advance and can only be joined at Swanage station where the brightly lit festive trains start and end their journeys.  Departing from Swanage station at 5.15pm and 7.15pm, the return trip will last approximatly one hour.

To comply with Government health regulations, no bookings can be taken for groups comprising more than six people and face coverings should be worn on the platform at Swanage station as well as on the Steam and Lights train.

At the time of booking, you can purchase a special festive picnic box filled with tasty treats and drinks to make your Steam and Lights journey extra special. Please note: These will not be available for purchase on the night.

Please note: There is no Santa on 'Steam and Lights'.

CAUTION: This event include some flashing lights so may be unsuitable for people suffering from epilepsy.

Adults (15+) £20.00
Children (3-15) £15.00
Under 3s (not occupying a seat) FREE
Max of 6 persons per booking  


  • Toilets are only available at Swanage station.
  • There are no toilets on the trains.
  • Our shop at Swanage station will be open, subject to volunteer availability.
  • We are not accepting cash payments.
  • All other station will be closed.

Dates for Steam and Lights


At the time of booking, you can purchase a special festive picnic boxes filled with tasty treats and drinks to make your Steam and Lights journey extra special.

Please Note: Following the latest government guides, you must purchase picnic boxes with any alcoholic drinks.


Adult Festive Picnic Box

(Contains:Turkey and cranberry roll, Festive Sausage Roll, Cheese and Biscuit, Christmas Cake, Mince Pie & After Dinner Mint.)

Vegan Adult Festive Picnic Box £8.25

Child Festive Picnic Box

(Contains: Filled Roll, Sausage Roll, Train Biscuit, Mini Festive Log, Fruit Juice.)

Vegan Child Festive Picnic Box £5.75
4 Fresh Baked Mince Pies £3.50

Alcoholic Beverages

Baron Albert Champagne, 750ml £39.00
Proseco. Gancia 20cl £4.10
Sauvignon Blanc, Footsteps, 18.75cl £3.20
Pinot Grigio, Footsteps 18.75cl £3.20
Chardonnay, Footsteps 18.75cl £3.20
Rose, Footsteps 18.75cl £3.20
Merlot, Footsteps 18.75cl £3.20
Shiraz, Footsteps 18.75cl £3.20
Magners Cider 330ml £2.90
Peroni Nastro Azzuro 330ml £2.90
Sandbanks Bitter 500ml £3.60

Non Alcoholic Beverages

Hildon Sparkling Water £1.10
Hildon Still Water £1.10
Coca Cola 330ml £1.50
Diet Coke 330ml £1.50
Sprite Zero 330ml £1.50
Fentimans Cool Ginger Beer 275ml £1.90
Britvic J20 Apple and Mango 275ml £1.50
Britvic J20 Orange and Passionfruit 275ml £1.50
Steam and Lights Fund-raising Raffle

Steam and Lights Fund-raising Raffle

When you arrive at Swanage Station for your trip on our Steam and Light journey through the Isle of Purbeck please visit our festive grotto on the station platform.  

Our staff and volunteers will be raffling festive hampers.

There will be a hamper for each train filled with seasonal items and a Swanage Railway family ticket for a trip on our railway next year.

The winning ticket will be drawn during the trip and announced on the platform on your return to Swanage, when the lucky winner can collect their hamper.

So please listen out for the winning name and number.

Tickets are only £5 each and you can buy as many as you wish.

All proceeds from the raffle will go to our SOS Appeal which helps fund the future of our railway in these difficult times.