Family Fun at the 
Kent & East Sussex Railway's Hop Festival Weekend

8th & 9th September 2018

tom and annabella at hoppers web
Hop Along to the Kent & East Sussex Railway this September!

Celebrating the Hop history of Bodiam, HopFest offers fun for all the family! 

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Bring your family and friends to  a weekend of Hopping Fun at Bodiam Station in East Sussex on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September.

We will be running the railway’s heritage steam trains each day through the beautiful Wealden countryside between Tenterden and Bodiam stations with trains every 45 minutes.

Take a walk through the Hop Gardens and try your hand at picking hops before taking a peek inside a recreated Hoppers’ Hut.  Children can also enjoy face painting, swing boat rides and games, Punch and Judy shows, balloon modelling and other activities.  Live musicians and local dancing groups will be performing through the weekend.  There will also be a selection of heritage vehicles on display and vintage stalls selling souvenirs.

The licensed ‘Hoppers Bar’ features a range of locally brewed real ales and the popular Hoppers Kitchen will be serving the very best in railway tea and scrummy homemade cakes!  In addition to this the barbecue will have some local produce on offer including a delicious range of sausages.

The railway played an important part in hop picking at Bodiam as hops were grown along the Rother Valley and at the Guinness Hop Farms at Bodiam.  Each year special trains were run to the Kent & East Sussex Railway from London to take the hop-pickers, invariably entire families from the East End of London, to Kent & East Sussex.  The men, women and children would spend several weeks in the countryside each year, picking hops as their holiday. There was much drinking too!

 Admission prices include all-day travel on the trains*.

Save 10% when buying  tickets online before 1st September. 

Adult £16.20, Child (3 - 15 years inc.) £10.80 and Family (2 adults + up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children) £36.20. 

Admission prices when booked after 1st September or on the day are:  Adult £18, Child (3 - 15 years inc.) £12 and Family (2 adults + up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children) £38.  See the timetable for times of trains.




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K&ESR train tickets provide a small discount on admission to the National Trust castle at Bodiam

Tenterden (TN30 6HE) and Northiam (TN31 6QT) stations offer free parking for Hop Festival visitors.

Hop Festival Weekend at Bodiam Station from Justin Lycett on Vimeo.



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 *Evening Real Ale Train excluded - to book your seats on this exclusive evening special on 8th September please click here.