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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Wittersham, Kent

Kent & East Sussex Railway
Station Road
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 6HE
01580 765 155
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Santa Sepcial
Saturday, 4th December 2021, 10:00am
to Friday, 24th December 2021, 5:00pm
(21 day event)

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 Wittersham?

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Friday 3rd December for 3 days
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built grotto at Tenterden Garden Centre EVERY WEEKEND from 20th November until 19th December, ... more

  • Santa Sepcial

    Saturday 4th December for 21 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    We love Christmas at the Kent and East Sussex Railway We have been welcoming families to meet Santa on our ... more

  • Craft Fair for Christmas

    Saturday 4th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's Christmas Craft Fair will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 4th December, with a range ... more

  • Benenden Christmas Fair and Santa's Grotto

    Saturday 4th December @ 2:30pm
    Location: Benenden

    An event for the whole family. Come along for a festive glass, mince pie and shop local this winter. With ... more

  • Seagals Christmas SHOW

    Wednesday 8th December for 17 days @ 11:00am
    Location: Rye

    A mixture of unique textiles, jewellery and ceramic gifts for Christmas. By Ruth Praill, Elaine Baker and Meg Dodson. INSTAGRAM: ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Friday 10th December for 3 days
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built grotto at Tenterden Garden Centre EVERY WEEKEND from 20th November until 19th December, ... more

  • Yuletide Specials - New for 2021

    Friday 10th December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    ‘OH WHAT FUN IT IS TO RIDE ON A STEAM-HAULED CHRISTMAS TRAIN!’ OUR YULETIDE TRAINS ENSURE THAT ADULTS CAN ENJOY ... more

  • Multi Stall Market

    Sunday 12th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Lots of stalls selling gifts and stocking fillers for the festive season including Handmade Soaps and Body creams, Local Honey ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Friday 17th December for 8 days
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built grotto at Tenterden Garden Centre EVERY WEEKEND from 20th November until 19th December, ... more

  • Multi Stall Market

    Saturday 18th December for 2 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Tenterden

    Last minute 2 day shopping experience open Sat 10am to 4pm and Sun 10am to 4pm with lots of stalls ... more

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