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Yorkshire New Year Steam Celebration

Enjoy New Year in delightful spa town of Ilkley, surrounded by the wintery glory of the stunning Yorkshire Dales. The tour includes a visit to the lovely market town of Skipton, a wonderful New Year's Eve celebration with all the trimmings including drinks reception, gala dinner, and live music plus, we enjoy two superb steam journeys on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and Keighley & Worth Valley Railway.

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5 days from £739



Friday 30 December 2022



  • Relax with a wonderful stay in the delightful spa town of Ilkley with all the trimmings and live entertainment on New Year’s Eve

  • Discover Ilkley’s rich heritage and the famous Moor that inspired the Yorkshire anthem ‘On Ilkley Moor Baht ‘at’

  • Explore the traditional market town of Skipton

  • Enjoy New Year’s Day in the Dales on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway

  • Steam through stunning winter scenery on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway


Also included in your Tour Fare:

  • Dinner every evening and 1 light lunch

  • Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

  • Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager


Travelling by train to Ilkley, we meet at the Best Western Craiglands Hotel. We can explore the delightful spa town or enjoy the hotel's leisure facilities** ahead of a welcome glass of mulled wine, dinner and entertainment.



New Year's Eve - This morning after a hearty breakfast we travel to the characterful Yorkshire market town of Skipton. Here we enjoy free time to wander around the many independent shops, alternatively, we can take a stroll on the Millennium Walk, a heritage trail that takes visitors to some of the Skipton's most important landmarks, including Skipton Castle, High Corn Mill and Caroline Square. In the late afternoon, we return to Ilkley by train and relax before the start of the New Year celebrations. We begin the evening with bagpipes and pre-dinner prosecco & canapés before we sit down for a Gala Dinner, followed by a live music from a Soul & Motown Singer and music from a DJ * to welcome in 2023!

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New Year's Day - Happy New Year! We can enjoy a relaxing morning and if you want to blow away the cobwebs you can a stroll into Ilkley and enjoy the 1¾ miles Three Bridges Trail circular walk with interesting facts about the bridges and their importance in Ilkley's heritage. In the early afternoon, a fabulous trip to the Dales awaits as we transfer to Bolton Abbey for a ride on the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway along the former Skipton-Ilkley Line, which was built in 1888. During our one hour round trip we enjoy a warming one course lunch with tea and coffee as we sit back and admire the stunning Yorkshire winter scenery.

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Today we travel by train to visit the Keighley & Worth Valley Steam Railway where we meet our guide and can enjoy delicious mince pies on board as we ride to our heart's content with our day rover ticket through countryside made familiar through film, the Railway Children. If you fancy a stroll, perhaps take a break to alight at the Bronte heritage town of Haworth with its cobbled main street and curio shops. After our visit we return to Ilkley by train and enjoy our farewell dinner followed by entertainment*.

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We bid farewell to wonderful Ilkley and Yorkshire as we make our way homeward.

* Please the New Year's Eve gala dinner has a formal dress code.


B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner


Best Western Plus Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley

Full of character and located just a 5-10 minute walk from Ilkley town centre, this grand Victorian hotel has undergone a refurbishment and combines comfort and good facilities with a small landscaped garden and a woodland path to Ilkley Moor. All 63 bedrooms have been refurbished to a good standard with all rooms containing a TV, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Meals are served in the lovely feature Ballroom and there is also a brasserie restaurant and bar. There is a lift to the second floor, however, due to the age of the building there are stairs to access some bedrooms.

** The hotel has a spa including indoor hydro pool, gymnasium, sauna and steam room (please note charges apply).



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*Please note: Some local and regional train services are Standard Class only, so First Class ticket holders will travel in standard class accommodation for these sections of journeys.


Join & Leave at Hotel £749


£10 Tour Discount for holders of National Railcards


Single Room Supplement £120


4 nights’ bed, breakfast & Table d’hôte evening meal plus, 1 light lunch

Rail travel & seat reservations from your Home Station to Tour Base (Standard or First Class)

Rail & coach travel, with transfers as described

All excursions & admissions as detailed

Services of experienced Railtrail Tour Manager

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