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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Sandhurst, Kent

Kent & East Sussex Railway
Station Road
Northiam
East Sussex
TN31 6QT
01580 765 155
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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.


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What's On in Sandhurst?

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 30th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAYRE will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 30th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Coming Up Roses

    Saturday 6th April for 78 days @ 9:30am
    Location: Ticehurst

    An exuberant, uplifting collection of paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery in the garden and across the fields. Join us for ... more

  • Great Dixter Spring Plant Fair

    Saturday 6th April for 2 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    At half-hourly intervals throughout the day, Nurserymen will give talks at their stalls on plants of particular interest. N.B. Times ... more

  • Hall of Crafts at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall

    Saturday 13th April @ 11:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    The Hall Of Crafts / Art Show is being held at Peasmarsh Memorial Hall. All handmade crafts and arts sold ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 22nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Wildflower Meadow Project) gates ... more

  • Open Garden and Plant Fair

    Wednesday 24th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    Open Garden and Specialist Plant Fair being held on a beautiful estate at Hush Heath Winery, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 6th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport) ... more

  • 1940s Weekend

    Saturday 18th May for 2 days
    Location: Tenterden

    Enjoy period music, dancers, vehicles, displays and entertainment along the line and travel by steam train!  Treat yourself at our ... more

  • Biddenden Flower Festival 2019

    Saturday 25th May for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    This year "Memories are made of this" is the theme for the flower festival, held in All Saints Church High ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 27th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Hospital) gates open at ... more

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