Join recently I enjoyed a nostalgic trip on the ‘Christmas Belle’, a luxurious Pullman Observation Car, from Swanage Railways through the picturesque Dorset countryside.
During your one-hour return journey on the Christmas Belle, you will travel through the beautiful Isle of Purbeck countryside while enjoying a festive Christmas lunch, served at your seat by a Pullman attendant.
Swanage Railways Christmas Belle Lunch
To enjoy the magic of the season, and soak up a traditional Christmas atmosphere in the specially decorated carriage onboard the beautiful Christmas Belle is so special.
To start there is either the option of Leek and Potato Soup, Brussels Pate or Prawn Cocktail that are easily adapted for those needing lactose-free or gluten-free options.
For a main course you can pick from a Roast Turkey with all the Trimmings or a Roast Field Mushroom topped with Red Onion Confit.
To finish on a sweet note there are traditional Christmas Pudding and Brandy Sauce, Chocolate Fudge Cake and Fruit Salad to pick from.
The above, including travel is £50 that also includes a personalised Christmas card and small gift.
Journey through Corfe Castle
The 12 mile Swanage Railway return trip takes you through the beautiful Purbeck countryside and includes stunning views of the iconic remains of William the Conqueror’s Corfe Castle.
As you travel down to Swanage from Norden Station you can appreciate the rich history of the area, its abundant wildlife and fascinating geology as well as the influence the region had on famous authors such as Enid Blyton and Thomas Hardy. When Enid Blyton holidayed in the area, she used the railway and would generally include a train journey (inspired by her own experiences) in her Famous Five books.
What a wonderful trip down memory lane this was. I took the 50 bus from Bournemouth straight to Swanage station and then the train to Corfe Castle. To see the enthusiasm of the volunteers, all dressed in period uniform, was a wonder, and the old advertising hoardings which had been preserved on the stations produced a sense of nostalgia and magic. I loved it, and could not recommend it more highly to young and old alike . A reminder of the pre-Beeching railway system.