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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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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 Appledore?

  • Tatners@ Olde World Wines

    Sunday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Kyle has gained a variety of cooking styles from his travels around the globe, from French cuisine to Asian street ... more

  • Happy Sundays@ Olde World Wines

    Sunday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    An afternoon of poetry, music and miscellany. ... more

  • Louis Turpin at the George

    Sunday 25th February @ 4:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The George is delighted to present Jazz and Blues singer, Louis Turpin in the Tap Bar from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. ... more

  • Phil Trainor @ The King's Head

    Sunday 25th February
    Location: Rye

    Phil Trainor @ The King's Head Inn - Irish folk musician playing with his band “On the Level”. Venue: Rye ... more

  • Webbe's Scallop School

    Monday 26th February @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    In its thirteenth year, celebrating the scallop and local seafood species. Prepare and eat a seven course luncheon enjoying wines ... more

  • Webbe's Scallop School

    Tuesday 27th February @ 9:30am
    Location: Rye

    In its thirteenth year, celebrating the scallop and local seafood species. Prepare and eat a seven course luncheon enjoying wines ... more

  • Marshlink Action Group AGM

    Tuesday 27th February @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    This is the Annual General Meeting of the MarshLink Action Group. Following the formal meeting (at about 7.15pm) there will ... more

  • Rye Ukulele Experiment

    Tuesday 27th February @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    Playing a mix of uplifting sea ballads, fishy songs, shanties with rolling choruses, a drunken sailors lament and other such ... more

  • Winemaker's Dinner

    Wednesday 28th February
    Location: Rye

    Hosted by Winemaker Victoria Ash. Further details TBC … visit http://scallop.org.uk/winemakers-dinner/ for further updates. ... more

  • 4Networking for Business

    Wednesday 28th February
    Location: Rye

    4Networking for Business at the Mermaid. For further details visit https://www.facebook.com/events/165541314083094/ ... more

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