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Peterborough (05.30/23.50) Huntingdon (05.45/23.40) St Neots (05.55/23.30) Hitchin (06.25/23.00) Stevenage (06.35/22.50) Welwyn Garden City (06.45/22.40) Potters Bar (07.00/22.25)

All timings shown above are approximate and may be subject to change

Join us for a wonderful day out with a journey along the Vale of the White Horse, then passing through pretty Somerset with its apple orchards and around the beautiful Devon coast. Time is available to discover the many charms of the ‘English Riviera’ for an afternoon sightseeing break of around three hours in the seaside resorts of either Torquay or Paignton – Passing Powderham Castle and travelling alongside the stunning Exe Estuary with its pretty fishing boats and views across to the Jurassic coast our train takes the exciting sea wall line as we race through tunnels and cuttings of red rock and along beaches and coves at Dawlish with the sea keeping company all the way to Newton Abbot.

There is a choice of two destinations in which to relax before ‘The Statesman’ returns homeward in the late afternoon. 

Torquay – One of Britain’s top tourist resorts and a jewel in the English Rivera’s crown made popular by the Victorians with sparkling white Villas perched on verdant hilltops overlooking pure sandy beaches and an azure sea it matches anything you’ll find on the French Riviera. There are beautiful gardens and a palm tree lined promenade leading to a lively harbour and international marina with an abundance of pavement cafes, pubs, shops and quality restaurants.

Paignton – There is no shortage of things to do with gorgeous long sandy blue flag beaches, paddler friendly waters, a traditional pier and seafront alive with holiday fun, alternatively take a steam train ride (payable locally) along one of the most idyllic stretches of coastline in the country and through the woodland estate once owned by Agatha Christie to the riverside station at Kingswear.

There are three different classes of travel available on board our train, but whichever you choose please book early to avoid disappointment:

Standard Class
Reserved seating is arranged around a table of 4 with bookings for 2 seated side by side and single bookings normally allocated an aisle seat – a buffet bar is available throughout most of the journey for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks and alcoholic drinks.
Adult: £85

First Class
Reserved seating is arranged at tables of 4 or 2 with additional legroom, wide seats and panoramic windows. Complimentary tea/coffee, biscuits and light refreshments are included, and a buffet bar is available for the purchase of hot & cold beverages, snacks and alcoholic drinks.
Adult: £142
Guaranteed window tables for 2 supplement £30 per person

Pullman Dining
This is the ultimate travel experience – seating is in our refurbished Pullman style umber & cream wood panelled carriages offering additional legroom, wide seats and panoramic windows with seating at tables of 4 or 2 laid with crisp linen and fully dressed with fine crockery and glassware. The day starts as you settle into your seat with a chilled Rossini cocktail, followed by a full English breakfast and late morning tea/coffee service with pastries prior to the arrival at our destination. Following an afternoon sightseeing break you will be welcomed aboard by your attentive liveried steward and offered a refreshing glass of chilled Sharpham Dart Valley Estate sparkling English wine and selection of canapes as you relax in anticipation of the gastronomic journey ahead. A sumptuous four course seasonal dinner, created by our Executive Chef, will be served including the Great British cheese board, biscuits and chutneys – all accompanied by our Sommelier’s choice of a half bottle of Sharpham Dart Valley Estate wine per person. The memorable journey will be concluded with a service of coffee and homemade petits fours as you arrive back at your home station relaxed and refreshed. 
Adult: £295
Guaranteed window tables for 2 supplement £30 per person

Pullman Dining is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years

We are unable to cater for special dietary requirements other than a vegetarian or gluten free option.
Please see our full terms & conditions here for further details

To make a booking just enter the number of seats required in the quantity box and select the joining station from the drop down menu.

Type of SeatsJoining PointQuantityPrice
Pullman Dining joining at
Pullman Dining (seated at a guaranteed window table for 2) joining at
First Class joining at
First Class (seated at a guaranteed window table for 2) joining at
Standard joining at
Gift & Celebration Items
*Celebration Cake - Fruit - Plain Iced - (4in / 10cm)£25
*Celebration Cake - Sponge - Plain Iced - (4in / 10cm)£18
**Seasonal Flower Bouquet£40
Single Red Rose - Boxed£12
Statesman House Champagne - 75cl Bottle£45

* The contents of the cakes may contain traces of the following allergens: Milk, Egg, Soya, Tree Nuts, Gluten, Sesame Seed, Sunflower Seed, Cracked Rye, Flax Seeds, Millet, Barley, Wheat, Sulphur Dioxide, Sulphites, Lupin and Mustard. WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER ALTERNATIVE VARIETIES OF CELEBRATION CAKES TO PURCHASE.

** Hand tied arrangement. If you would prefer specific colours, please indicate this in the ‘Special Requests’ box at the Check Out stage. Our florists will endeavour to meet your colour requirements, but this cannot be guaranteed due to seasonal availability.