Easter Eggstravaganza!

Kids can “hop” aboard for FREE on the Kent and East Sussex Railway this Easter Holiday


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Our "Kids Go Free" promotion is exclusive to bookings made online before midnight on the day before travel and is applicable for trains running from Friday 30th March until Sunday 15th April.  Children under 15 can travel for free with (one per fare-paying adult) and these free child tickets must be booked when completing your booking online.  Children will receive an educational activity booklet to complete during their train journey.

Back by popular demand we will have our “Pop Up Pocket Money Shop” at Tenterden where good quality toys can be purchased, prices ranging from £1-£3 to end your eggciting day! 

Free admission to the award-winning Colonel Stephens Museum at Tenterden is included with tickets purchased. 

On-train catering and wheelchair access is available on 10:40, 13:15 and 15:35 departures.  You can pre-order lunch options to take advantage of our onboard refreshments.

Bodiam Castle is a short walk from Bodiam Station.  Presenting a valid train ticket also entitles passengers to discounted entry to Bodiam Castle

The Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden will be offering plenty of tasty options including hot and cold lunches and afternoon tea (prebooking required).

Free parking at Tenterden and Northiam stations.

This fare promotion is exclusive for online bookings and is not applicable to tickets purchased on the day of travel.


To book online, select your date of travel on the below table:



For additional information about the railway click here. 

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Images courtesy of Donald Wilson and A Redden.


CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival 2018

Friday 15th & Saturday 16th June 2018

Admission Charges

Friday 15th June - £2, Free entry is available to card carrying CAMRA and K&ESR members (no train service in operation).

Saturday 16th June - The railway is running a Gold Service, however if you wish to attend the festival only, you will need to purchase a platform ticket at £3.
Free entry is available to card carrying CAMRA and K&ESR members.

Click here to buy train tickets - unlimited travel valid throughout the day

Festival Information

Real ales and cider available on some train departures from 10.45 am.

A range of real ales, ciders and perry.

Food available on Friday evening and Saturday all day into the evening.

Entertainment at the Festival

Friday - quiet evening, no music

Saturday - Live music on Saturday afternoon and into the evening

Families Welcome

Getting to the Festival by Public Transport

Service buses operate to Tenterden from: Ashford (2 or 2A), Hastings (2), Maidstone (12), Tunbridge Wells (297), Late service buses operate to Ashford (2) and Maidstone (12).

Full bus timetable-please contact relevant operator or traveline - www.traveline.info

Website links for Stagecoach • • Arriva

Helping at the Festival

Our beer festival is organised and run by unpaid volunteers and we are always looking for more volunteers, old and new to join us. So if you would like to help out, whether for a few hours one evening or throughout the beer festival, you will be made most welcome. Don't worry, you do not need any experience. The only condition for being a volunteer is that you are a CAMRA member.
Remember, without Volunteers there would be no Beer Festival
If you can help, please visit www.camra-afrm.org.uk or email details of your availability to [email protected]

Local Accommodation

Details of local accommodation can be found on Official Tenterden Town Website or MyTenterden website

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Join us for a very special dinner...

The 1930's Wealden Pullman dining cars will be steaming out of Tenterden Town Station on Wednesday 14th February at 7.30pm

Tickets include complimentary Prosecco on arrival, three course dinner, tea or coffee and a Valentine's gift for every diner.

The train is due to arrive back in Tenterden at 10:30pm

Tickets are £74.50 per person and accommodation is limited - Sorry, SOLD OUT

Join us on Friday 26th October from 5:30pm for a workshop including pumpkin modelling and facepainting.

Hotdogs, homemade soup and hot snacks will be available from our new 'Grab & Go' kiosk and our licensed restaurant. Eat in or take on the train!

Families are encouraged to come in fancy dress, the scarier the better!

Be amazed by the live Firebreather and entertained by spooky music before boarding the train for departure at 6:30pm. Children will receive a Munchbox during the journey.

Upon arrival at Northiam station enjoy a firework display before the return journey to Tenterden arriving at approximately 8:15pm.

Fright Night fares: Adults and Children 3-15 inclusive £18.00

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Please note that there are NO TRAINS operating during the day - Fright Night train ONLY



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Members Day

On Sunday 22nd April we are inviting our Members to join us on the railway to enjoy a day out in the beautiful Rother Valley and Wealden Countryside.  Please visit our ticket offices to claim your complimentary Membership TravelCard for the day - as an extra to your annual inclusive free trips.  Our green timetable is in operation on this date.


On this date we have invited residents of Rolvenden, Northiam, Newenden, Bodiam, Ewhurst and Staplecross to join us to learn more about our Railway and how they can join us as Members or Volunteers to support our charitable organisation and play a role in preserving this piece of British History.  This offer for residents was extended locally and for pre-booked tickets (which have sold out) and are not available on the day.    




Find out more about supporting the K&ESR by joining the supporting charity