Christmas Day at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

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Enjoy a traditional family Christmas day lunch where we do all the work! The Wealden Pullman will be at Tenterden Town Station from 12.30pm on Christmas Day - join us for a complimentary welcome drink before taking your seat in our festively decorated 1920's carriages. Place your drinks order with the Pullman Steward - everything is included in the ticket price!

The train departs at 1pm and a traditional Christmas lunch, prepared and cooked on-board the train, will be silver served during the relaxing journey to Bodiam. As the train gently winds its way through the unspoilt Rother Valley, savour the timeless rural scenes as they unfold at your window. The beautiful historic castle of Bodiam appears as the train nears Bodiam, where the locomotive will "run round" the train in preparation for the return journey. There's plenty of time to stretch your legs, chat with the engine driver and perhaps to take a photograph or two.

As the train returns to Tenterden, the dessert trolley offers an enticing range, naturally including homemade Christmas Pudding! Coffee is served as the train is hauled up one of the steepest gradients in southern England before Father Christmas visits with a gift for everyone. Arrival back at Tenterden Town Station is scheduled for approximately 4.30pm.

Special Dietary and Allergenic Requirements

We aim to accommodate all guests' special dietary and allergenic requirements. In order to meet your specific needs, we require any such details at the time of booking. Our Chef will contact you prior to your visit to discuss your requirements personally. We regret that we shall be unable to accommodate any requests made on the day.

How to book

The Wealden Pullman is extremely popular and accommodation is limited, so early reservations are strongly recommended.

Christmas Day Lunch on the Wealden Pullman is fully inclusive of train travel and your meal. Adult tickets are £195 per person and children £105.

Availability changes daily and may be obtained by contacting the Booking Office by telephone on 01580 765155. Major credit/debit cards are accepted. Alternatively, please call in at the Booking Office within Tenterden Town Station to make your reservation in person.

Facilities & Seating Arrangements

Please note that table positions are fixed. There is limited access for wheelchair users to Pullman Car Theodora: please call or contact us for further information. Toilet facilities are available in each dining car and accessible toilets are located at Tenterden Town, Northiam and Bodiam Stations.

Dress Code

Many of our guests choose to complement the period atmosphere of the Wealden Pullman in their dress style. Guests are respectfully advised that T-shirts, jeans and trainers are unsuitable.


Gratuities are discretionary. Our staff have chosen that all donations from Wealden Pullman customers are pooled into a restricted fund and used to make improvements to the train. Thanks to the generosity of our customers, we were recently able to purchase another Pullman Car for restoration and eventual inclusion in the train - see A new Pullman Car to join the ''Wealden Pullman' dining train

Important Booking Conditions

Payment in full must accompany your booking.

In the event that you request cancellation of a confirmed booking, a refund will be made if the seats can be resold. In such cases, an administration fee of £10.00 per ticket will be levied. A similar charge will apply to requests for alterations, which will be granted at the discretion of CSRE Ltd. The Wealden Pullman is normally hauled by a steam locomotive, but the K&ESR reserves the right to substitute diesel haulage in the event of breakdown or exceptional operational need.

Catering services are provided by Colonel Stephens Railway Enterprises Ltd. - a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kent & East Sussex Railway Company Limited - the registered charity that owns and operates the Kent & East Sussex Railway. Conditions of Carriage of passengers & their luggage are available for inspection at all station Booking Halls.