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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Sissinghurst, Kent

Kent & East Sussex Railway
Station Road
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 6HE
01580 765 155
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Halloween High Jinx
Tuesday, 23rd October 2018 from 10:30am
The Fright Night Express
Friday, 26th October 2018 from 5:00pm
Santa Specials
Saturday, 1st December 2018 from 10:30am

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line owes much of its charm to its origin as the world's first light railway. Originally opened in 1900, the tightly curved line, with steep gradients, is typical of those rural railways that were developed on shoestring budgets to bring the 'iron horse' to sparsely populated areas. Typically, stations bear the name of the nearest village although these can be miles away from the actual line - a result of geographical conditions and available funds.

Re-opened by dedicated volunteers as an attraction in 1974, following its closure to passenger traffic in the 1950's, today The K&ESR is one of Britain's most loved, most original heritage railways. Running steam and heritage diesel trains for 10½ miles on the preserved central section of the original line from Tenterden, affectionately known as 'The Jewel of The Weald', the line runs through the Rother Levels, a marshland valley so difficult to appreciate in any other way but by train, to Bodiam in East Sussex - where it terminates in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust Castle.

Whether you are interested in heritage, shopping, nature, food and drink or recreation there is an ever-evolving range of special events and offers that provide temptation and interest for all ages, whether you're a regular visitor or one who has yet to discover the unique charm of the K&ESR. Either way, you will find a warm welcome and we're sure your day will be a truly memorable experience.


Event

What's On in Sissinghurst?

  • Antique Valuation Day

    Tuesday 9th October @ 10:30am
    Location: Rolvenden

    ANTIQUE VALUATION DAY at Hole Park, Rolvenden, Kent TN17 4JA on Tuesday 9th October 10.30am - 3.30pm Look out your ... more

  • Halloween High Jinx

    Tuesday 23rd October
    Location: Tenterden

    Come dressed as witches or wizards for spellbinding adventures! Enjoy a train ride from Tenterden to Bodiam, with activities including ... more

  • The Fright Night Express

    Friday 26th October
    Location: Tenterden

    Take the Fright Night Express through our Halloween adventures at the Kent and East Sussex Railway. Join us for pumpkin ... more

  • Christmas Gift Fair

    Saturday 27th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Smarden

    Visit Smarden Charter Hall in Chessenden Lane TN27 8RT for this popular annual event. Craft and charity stalls, cards and ... more

  • An Evening With Richard Suart

    Friday 16th November
    Location: Newenden

    Richard Suart will play extracts from his recordings and talk of his life in opera, with special reference to English ... more

  • Santa Specials

    Saturday 1st December
    Location: Tenterden

    Come and meet Santa this Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway on board our festively decorated steam trains! ... more

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