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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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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 Appledore?

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 19th October @ 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 Boar Week

    Saturday 20th October for 9 days
    Location: Rye

    Wild Boar Week - events in and around Rye - further details to follow. ... more

  • Matt Hardman - Tales of the Afterlife

    Saturday 20th October for 23 days
    Location: Rye

    A sellling show by Matt Hardman.Hardman’s visions of a world, just a degree or two away from the one you ... more

  • Rosetta Stone - Rye Castle Museum

    Saturday 20th October for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Rye

    On display at the Rye Castle Museum throughout October will be one of the best tributes to the status of ... more

  • Last of the Summer Swine

    Saturday 20th October
    Location: Rye

    Last of the Summer Swine - Wild Boar Gumbo with Smoked Sausage and Smoked Prawn, Garlic and Chilli Sourdough from ... more

  • Guided Ghost Walks of Rye

    Saturday 20th October @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    A unique opportunity to explore the ancient streets of Rye after dark. Hear tales of historical dark deeds and murder, ... more

  • The Disparate Folk

    Sunday 21st October @ 5:00pm
    Location: Rye

    The Disparate Folk at the Ypres Castle Inn. ... more

  • Leaf Ghosts @ Rye Bookshop

    Monday 22nd October
    Location: Rye

    Come and make Leaf Ghosts with us – fun and spooooky activity! at Rye Bookshop, 25 High Street, Rye. Contact ... more

  • Children's Craft Afternoon

    Monday 22nd October @ 2:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Children (and their parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles …) certainly enjoy these afternoons when there are things to make and do. ... 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

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