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Railway Event:Spooktacular Half Term Special - ‘THE OPTIMIST' at North Yorkshire Moors Railway

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Railway Event, Sat 24 Oct - Sun 1 Nov 2020, £35-£150

Spooktacular Half Term Special - ‘THE OPTIMIST'

Spooktacular Half Term Special - ‘THE OPTIMIST'

Businesses across the Yorkshire Coast are getting ready to reopen and welcome you back. Please check the individual website for reopening dates, opening times and booking details.

We recommend you follow current public health advice and maintain social distancing.

Details

October Half Term: 24 October - 1 November
Double double toil and trouble: Spooktacular Halloween fun on 'THE OPTIMIST'

Fancy (dress) some spooky half term fun this Halloween? Then look no further...

Enjoy an atmospheric steam hauled trip on the NYMR’s Optimist service, travelling direct from Pickering to Whitby, dressed in your best fancy dress.

'The Optimist' is a pre-booked, steam-hauled, with limited capacity service. The train will depart from Pickering and travels directly to Whitby where you will be able to disembark and enjoy 2.45 hours exploring the Yorkshire Seaside Town before returning back to Pickering.

Train Times
Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby.

Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

Live up to 1 November Standard Tickets Member Tickets
Individual Ticket £35.00 £17.50
Duo Tickets
(2 Adults/1 Adult & 1 Child) £70.00 £35.00
Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £72.00 £52.50 (Adult/Child Standard Pricing)
Table (4 Adults) £140.00 £70.00
Private Compartment (Max 6, Adult or Child) £150.00 £75.00
Dogs £3.00 Free
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Click here to find out more details about 'The Optimist'

Things to do in Whitby
Visit Whitby Abbey

Whilst in Whitby you may want to visit the Abbey for a few hours of Halloween fun, including a creepy trail and spooky stories, then jump back on the train to Pickering to round off the trip. Find out more about what's happening in Whitby Abbey this half term.

Any guests that visit the Railway and the Abbey in fancy dress, share a #spookyselfie and tag in both attractions on social, could be in with the chance to win not one, but two family days out in 2021. The attractions will pick their favourite spooky selfie and the winner will receive a free family pass to revisit both destinations next year.

The competition runs from Saturday 24th October - Sunday 1st November.

Pre-book your tickets to English Heritage: Whitby Abbey

So if you’ve got it, haunt it, by sharing your spooky fancy dress selfies on your day out in North York Moors this half term.

Covid-19 Control measures in place at the NYMR
Advanced booking required. To help us maintain capacity we are asking all guests to book online in advance.
Passengers will travel on the same train and have the same seats on both the outward and return journeys.
Enhanced cleaning regimes.
Hand Sanitiser Stations will be provided for you to use.
Contactless payments for all refreshment and retail purchases.
We will be asking our guests to maintain social distancing whilst using our facilities.
Unfortunately, you will not be able to visit the following areas at this time: All Facilities at Levisham, Goathland and Grosmont.
Passenger responsibilities

We ask for your cooperation and that you always follow Government advice and local mitigations at all times including:

Wear a face covering/mask whilst moving around the railway and on the train. These may be removed whilst seated in a compartment.
Wash Your Hands often and use the hand wash stations provided.
Avoid touching your face.
Observe social distancing.
If you are feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of Covid-19 we would ask you and members of your party or family group to not attend the railway. Please visit our Terms & Conditions.

We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you up to date with any changes, either from the Government or from our own plans. We can't wait to get back to doing what we do best – operating Britain’s busiest heritage railway.

Please note:

'The Optimist' does not stop at any intermediate stations - Levisham, Goathland & Grosmont. Currently we are unable to offer any other journeys. Passengers can book either a private compartment (max 6) or travel in a standard TSO Carriage (min 1/max 4) with social distancing measures in place. Passengers include children from 1 years old. Entry to Whitby Abbey not included in the price of the train travel.

Start: 24th October, 2020 at 9:15am

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled access

There are toilets, baby-changing facilities and additional access facilities at Pickering and selected other stations along the line. There are also refreshment facilities and gift shops at many of the stations, as well as a Customer Services office at Pickering. The railway is delighted to welcome pushchairs and dogs on its services, subject to available space. Please note there is a charge for dogs to travel on board.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 24 Oct - Sun 1 Nov 2020
Extra parking available at the barn to the south of Eastgate Crossing on the Malton Road A169. Postcode YO18 7JW.

Prices

Tickets Prices and Train Times
Service 1: Departs Pickering at 09:20 and returns from Whitby at 14:00, allowing approx 3 hours in Whitby.
Service 2: Departs Pickering at 12:00 and returns from Whitby at 16:30, allow approx 2 hours 45 mins in Whitby.

Standard Tickets
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Individual Ticket £35

Duo Tickets
(2 Adults/1 Adult & 1 Child) £70

Family
(2 Adults & 2 Children) £72

Table
(4 Adults) £140

Private Compartment
(Max 6, Adult or Child) £150

Dogs £3

Members receive 50% off standard ticket prices. Visit our website for full list of discounts.

Address

Pickering Station,
Park Street,
Pickering,
YO18 7AJ

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SE 797841  Lat: 54.24639 Long: -0.77838

By Road: Thirsk to Scarborough, turn left at traffic lights in Pickering town and follow brown tourist signs for Steam Railway

By Public Transport: The main bus stops are outside Pickerig TIC at The Ropery and on Eastgate both within a 5 minute walk from the station.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 8 miles from Malton station

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access

There are toilets, baby-changing facilities and additional access facilities at Pickering and selected other stations along the line. There are also refreshment facilities and gift shops at many of the stations, as well as a Customer Services office at Pickering. The railway is delighted to welcome pushchairs and dogs on its services, subject to available space. Please note there is a charge for dogs to travel on board.

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details

Parking

  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesIs flat (i.e. without steps)

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
    • YesTo the gift shop
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with verbal floor announcements
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesBaby changing facilities

General

  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system

Entrance

  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 3
      Number of steps to entrance
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit

Food

  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesMenus available in large print (14pt and over)
  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesVegetarian
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

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