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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Appledore, Kent

Kent & East Sussex Railway
Station Road
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 6HE
01580 765 155
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CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival
Saturday, 16th June 2018, 10:30am - 11:00pm

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 Appledore?

  • The School of Wizards

    Sunday 27th May for 5 days
    Location: Rye

    Magic, Monsters and Mystery. The only interactive, immersive family Wizard show in the UK. Using actors, puppets and soundscapes, this ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 28th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Our third Charity Boot Fair for the season in aid of Rye Hospital. Gates open at 7am and hard standing ... more

  • Our Fabulous Feathered Friends

    Tuesday 29th May @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Come along to see the thousands of nesting birds squabbling and feeding their cute fluffy chicks, and enjoy some birdy ... more

  • Saving Bumblebees

    Tuesday 29th May
    Location: Rye

    Rother Environmental Group - Saving Bumblebees, a talk by Professor Dave Goulson. ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 31st May @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Special guest Karl Charity joins the regulars of Roger Lewin (piano), Dave Silk (bass), and Jacci Norris (vocals), for the ... more

  • Jazz Supper at the Mermaid

    Thursday 31st May @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Special guest Karl Charity joins the regulars of Roger Lewin (piano), Dave Silk (bass), and Jacci Norris (vocals), for the ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 1st June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • Wild Beach

    Friday 1st June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Explore the shore with beach art, strandline safaris, kite-making and other fun stuff! Suitable for accompanied children aged 5-12. Meet ... more

  • Wildlife Watch - Rye Harbour

    Saturday 2nd June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye Harbour

    Our monthly club for children aged 5-11 offering a chance to find out more about the natural world and the ... more

  • Illustrated Talk - Edward Twohig - Sir Frank Shor

    Sunday 3rd June
    Location: Rye

    Rye Art Gallery holds over 50 prints by Sir Frank Short (1857 - 1945) in their Permanent Collection and is ... more

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