The 28th of June saw the culmination of 10 years of planning and hard work, with the opening of the new £3 million station. Providing a contemporary, all-year round facility, café and gift shop, it will allow visitors to immerse themselves in the fascination surrounding the history and operations of the tramway before boarding a tram and travelling back in time to a golden age of travel.
As well as the opening of the new station, there will also be the opening of a brand-new café and gift shop, Claude’s, named after and dedicated to Seaton Tramway’s founder, Claude Lane. The café will boast a new menu and is delighted to announce that it will be joining the effort in cutting the use of one-time-use plastics down to almost nothing including the offer of paper straws. The tramway hopes this is the first step of many in the journey to making Seaton a leader in green waste. ‘Claude’s’ will also contain a giftshop, offering a brand-new range of souvenirs & gifts.
With visitor numbers increasing over recent years, the new station will enable space for events, exhibitions and a greater visitor experience, accessing the trams and the Axe Valley for decades to come, and will be the new home to its many family events and evenings including The Dinosaur Tram Adventure, The Fairy Special, The Pirate Tram, The Bright Sparks Science show and returning this Christmas, the award-winning The Polar Express™ Tram Ride Experience.