The Polar Express™ Tram Ride Returns to Devon this Christmas! Tickets on Sale this week!

Seaton Tramway press release 21/04/2022

The Polar Express™ Tram Ride is coming to Seaton Tramway on selected dates through November & December! Families can take a once in a lifetime trip on a magical tram ride to Santa’s home at the North Pole in one of the specially decorated single deck tramcars. Passengers are encouraged to travel in their favourite pyjamas whilst they enjoy a cup of hot chocolate, a delicious treat and admire the awesome lights of the North Pole.  

Get off at the North Pole and meet the elves with their elf show in the workshop and discover whether you have been naughty or nice at the naughty detector. Indulge in delicious freshly prepared hot food & drink, including festive mulled wine.  All passengers will meet Santa and receive “the first gift of Christmas” from the big man himself – A Silver Sleigh Bell. Upon the return journey, you will be able to enjoy singing along to Christmas carols. For the grown-up kids too, this is a trip down memory lane to a traditional Christmas of old. 

Tickets go on general sale Friday 22nd April at 10am. There are only a limited number of seats and tickets sell out fast. To avoid disappointment, please book your place by going online to or telephoning 01297 20375 in advance. Early release tickets will be available via the Seaton Tramway newsletter from Thursday 22st at 5pm. The Polar Express™ will be running on selected dates from 24thNovember -24th of December 2022. Exclusive The Polar Express™ merchandise will also be available to purchase at the North Pole Gift Shop! 

The Award-Winning Seaton Tramway presents its “West End Production” on rails departing from Seaton Station, East Devon. Tickets start from £19.95 for the 2½ hour experience and include the round trip to the North Pole, Hot Chocolate & Cookie, and the first gift of Christmas – the Silver Sleigh Bell – per passenger. Under 2’s go free!  Those needing wheelchair access are asked to make their booking by phone. 

Here are some reviews of The Polar Express Tram Ride at Seaton Tramway from Christmas 2021.

 “Awesome. Beautiful. Emotional. Memory-making.Everything about it it was well done from all of the staff to the hot chocolate.” Anne S – Tripadvisor

“The Polar Express was a truly magical experience from the minute we arrived at the welcome hall to when we disembarked from our trip back from the North Pole. My grandchildren were awe struck at every turn and we would like to say an especially big thank you to the wonderful cast of characters” Paul F – Tripadvisor 

Undoubtedly the best Christmas experience I have ever had, and as a family absolutely incredible!!!I booked this as a last minute resort for my children to see Santa and I can not believe how amazing this was!!!!” Penny R – Tripadvisor 

“Best Santa experience we have ever done. From start to finish everything was magical and the kids loved it” Barry K – Tripadvisor 

The Polar Express™ Tram Ride at Seaton Tramway advert can be seen here: 

Seaton Tramway recently received 4 awards, including a Silver award for Inclusive and Accessible Tourism and Silver for Large Attraction of the Year.

They also received the Outstanding Visitor Attraction Award 2022 from Heritage Railway Association beating 250 other railways. 

All tickets and Loyalty Cards can be purchased at the Seaton Terminus and Colyton Station ticket offices or online at:

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (s22) Based on THE POLAR EXPRESS book and characters © & ™ 1985 by Chris Van Allsburg.. All rights reserved.

Stunning images unveiled as Wildlife of the Year arrive in Seaton Tramway

The world-renowned exhibition, on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, will open at Seaton Tramway on 11th February featuring exceptional images which capture fascinating animal behaviour, spectacular species and the breathtaking diversity of the natural world. Using photography’s unique emotive power to engage and inspire audiences, the images shine a light on stories and species around the world and encourage a future of advocating for the planet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is the most prestigious photography event of its kind, providing a global platform that showcases the natural world’s most astonishing and challenging sights for over 55 years. Launching in 1965 and attracting 361 entries, today the competition receives over 50,000 entries from all over the world, highlighting its enduring appeal. This year’s award-winning images will embark on an international tour that will allow them to be seen by well over a million people.  

With a record-breaking number of entries from 95 countries, the judges of the fifty-seventh Wildlife Photographer of the Year have had the toughest job yet. Every entry was judged anonymously on its creativity, originality, and technical excellence by an international panel of industry experts.

The winning images, including the prestigious Grand Title Award winners, were announced on 12 October 2021 during an online Awards show. Broadcast live from the Natural History Museum in London, the free event hosted by BBC presenters and wildlife experts Chris Packham and Megan McCubbin and featured photographers, Museum scientists and special guests.

Dr Doug Gurr, Director of the Natural History Museum says,

‘These extraordinary images showcase the rich diversity of life on Earth and spark curiosity and wonder. Telling the story of a planet under pressure, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition illuminates the urgent challenges we face and the collective action we need to take. This year’s inspiring exhibition will move and empower audiences to advocate for the natural world.’

The 100 photos will be on display at Seaton Station from 11th February – 8th April. You can extend your visit by taking a tram trip as well from 19th -26th February, every weekend in March, and 26th March – 8th April. Trams will continue to run until 30th October. Visit to find out more.

Exhibition information:

Dates and times:

11th February – 8th April.

Seaton Station, EX12 2WD

10am – 4pm

To book tickets:

Prices from: Adult £5, Child 0-15 FREE

Visitor Enquiries: 01297 20375

Wildlife Photographer of the Year is developed and produced by the Natural History Museum, London


Seaton Tramway, Colyton Grammar School and Colyton Heritage Centre have partnered to create a new leaflet guide for visitors called ‘Coly Trail’.

The partnership comes from Seaton Tramway’s ‘Travels Through Heritage and the Axe Valley’ project which is being funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Tramway has been working with students from Colyton Grammar School and volunteers from Colyton Heritage Centre to produce a brand new ‘Coly Trail’ leaflet for Colyton. Designed and printed by the students themselves, the leaflet includes a ‘Brief History of Colyton’ timeline and a map of the key points of interest around the town, including Colyton station. For each point there is also a fun activity for children, so there is something for everyone.

Nicola Berry, Learning and Activities Manager at Seaton Tramway said;
“The aim of the Coly Trail project was to engage local young people with the fascinating history of Colyton, giving them opportunities to research, plan and design a leaflet that will appeal to visitors of all ages. It has been a delight to work so closely with the school and the Heritage Centre and we’ve been impressed by the students’ commitment to the project especially given the difficult circumstances due to covid”

The guide will be available from 24th July at Seaton and Colyton Stations & Colyton Heritage Centre and was researched and designed by students Olivia Petrini, Sophie Thwaites, Emily Hales, Meggy Hemery, Marnie Broomby and Sophie Hilton from Colyton Grammar School.

C Harris, Assistant Head teacher, Teacher at Colyton Grammar Said;
“This project was of great value to all of the students involved and several of the Year 13 student leaders are now going on to study History or a related course at university. Not only did it give the students a chance to learn some fascinating local history and get stuck into some primary research in the local archives, but it also allowed them to see through the process of designing, developing and finalising a heritage industry brochure for use by the general public. On that note, a special thanks must go to Year 13 Olivia P whose exquisite original artwork helped to bring the final booklet to life.”

Jacqueline McCollough from Colyton Heritage Centre said;
“It was a real pleasure for CPHS to participate in this innovative project, initially by supporting Seaton Tramway in its successful bid to the NLHF and then to be able to work with and support students from Colyton Grammar School as they formulated and developed their ideas for designing a new self-guided town walking trail leaflet aimed at younger audiences. The leaflet identifies sites of local interest and key events and facts about the long history of Colyton. This project shows what can be achieved when local organisations work together for the benefit of Colyton and visitors to the town”

This is one of many community-based projects recently announced by Seaton Tramway. Its partnership with Colyton Heritage Centre continues with its new ‘Train’s, Tram’s & Trade’Guided Walk of Colyton scheduled for departure from Colyton Station at 10:30am 14thSeptember. Tickets are available now from Seaton Tramway.

The new guide will be available for purchase at Seaton Tramway stations, Colyton Heritage Centre and Colyton Grammar School.


Seaton Tramway is excited to announce its Award winning TRAMATHON Fundraising Appeal, which will see a 24-hour continuous tram trip streamed online to help raise money for the charity and secure the future of the Tramway and its industrial heritage.

From Saturday 12 Midday 5th June, Seaton Tramway will be going live on Facebook for a continuous  24-hour tram trip between our Seaton and Colyton Stations. This will all be streamed live online for the full 24 hours as we raise money for our charity. 

The Tramway celebrated its 50th anniversary of operating at Seaton in August 2020 and like other heritage railways has seen an abrupt halt to its income that helps keep trams serviced, the track maintained and its future secure. Reopening in 2021 with excitement about new projects and offers for our loyal passengers, bills continue to need to be paid and projects still need completing. Railways and tramways like ours are supported by visitors and generous supporters that we love welcoming every year.

To combat this crisis, we invite everyone to come together in person or in your living rooms to watch our TRAMATHON live. This fundraising appeal will see a continuous 24-hour broadcast live from the tram as it travels between Seaton and Colyton Stations. With a spread of themed departures and never before seen videos about the tramway, this is an event not to be missed. Visitors can get involved by donating directly to the appeal, purchasing special items like Seaton Tramway signs and sections of rail or by joining the Tramathon team live on the trams on one of the trips.

Tickets for the Tramathon trips are on sale now, and include a Tramathon return trip and all day travel on the date of issue. Trips begin at 12 midday, 5th June  with the 24 trips going through the night and ending on arrival at Seaton Station at 12 midday Sunday 6th June. Tramathon 2020 was award ‘Most Innovative Fundraising Idea’ by the Heritage Railway Association at its award ceremony this April.

With the generosity of donations, we want to give back too. Which is why we will be awarding prizes away prizes and experiences as we hit fundraising milestones, like Driver’s Eye Experiences, Half Day and Whole Day Tram Driving Lessons, Free Tickets and a Years Free Travel. All anyone has to do to be in with the chance of winning is donate a minimum of £5 before June 12th to be entered. Prizes will be drawn live on Facebook during the 24-hour TRAMATHON. Full terms and conditions can be found on our website.

In line with our fundraising appeal, we have also launched our new ‘HERO Ticket’ which can be purchased and redeemed as an All-Day Explorer ticket on any day we’re open to the end of December 2021. These tickets are available now and will go towards our TRAMATHON Fundraiser. 

Seaton Tramway has operated from Seaton for 50 years and has seen everything from Snow blizzards to storm washouts but Covid-19 has proved one of the greatest challenges that its ever had to face. 

You can find out more about the giveaways and milestones and how to donate at