Special train services set to bring new
Hundreds of new visitors from across the country are expected to come to
Harrogate in November thanks to special direct train services being launched for
the 2016 Harrogate Christmas Market.
Trains East Coast is running additional direct services from London to
Harrogate on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20, enabling
more visitors to have easy access to this popular event.
train services will also call at stations on the route so visitors from
Peterborough, Grantham, Newark, Doncaster, Wakefield and Leeds, as well as
London, can catch a direct train to Harrogate and back.
Dunsby, who leads the market's organising committee, said: "This is a real coup
for us and shows the growing popularity and reputation of Harrogate Christmas
Market. (Picture shows Brian Dunsby (r) with David Horne, MD of Virgin Trains
"As a not-for-profit event organised and run by volunteers,
we're competing with much bigger, more established events around the country,
and putting Harrogate on the map as a festive destination. One of our key aims
is to bring visitors into Harrogate to see the Market and the Lights, support
local businesses and boost the local economy, so these new rail services are a
very welcome addition to our plans.
"We're looking forward to seeing new visitors from across
the country in Harrogate during this year's Christmas Market."
welcome Virgin East Coast’s commitment to Harrogate ahead of the launch of their
planned two-hourly service when the new Inter-City Express Trains begin
operating on the East Coast in 2019.
Saturday 19th November, the special service will depart Kings Cross at
7.35am to arrive in Harrogate at 10.28am, with the return scheduled
to leave at 6.29pm and reach the capital at 9.41pm. On the
Sunday, 20th November an 8.56am departure from Kings Cross will bring
visitors to Harrogate at 12.10pm, followed by a return journey at
4.10pm, arriving at 7.23pm, calling at the usual intermediate
stations each way.
Tickets are now on sale for these special train services from £14.50 each way.
Special Transdev buses will meet the trains at Harrogate Station, whilst a free
shuttle bus service will be running every 10 minutes from the railway station to
the Christmas Market and back again throughout the day.
Harrogate Christmas Market offers a traditional festive event with a Yorkshire
flavour, focusing on home-made and hand-made products and produce that are not
usually found on the high street. The organisers also encourage visitors to
shop, eat and stay in the town centre and surrounding area, supporting local
businesses at a vital time of year.
For details of these special Virgin Trains visit
www.virgintrainseastcoast.com. Select “Buy Tickets” and enter preferred
date. Look for the direct services with zero changes.
The lowest fares from Kings Cross to Harrogate are
currently £14.50 each way Standard Class or £47.00 each way First Class, less
the usual discounts for holders of Railcards.
Groups of 3 to
9 people qualify for a 25% group discount.
If you have a
group of more than 20, please let us know and we will put you in touch with the
Virgin Trains Large Groups booking team.