A Ride on the Wild Side

Groups of 15+ £49.50 per person

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AWOTWS 570An exciting new experience for groups was announced in September 2013 by the Kent & East Sussex Railway and the Wildlife Heritage Foundation (WHF), a taste of African Safari in Kent!!!

For the first time groups can encounter the Wildlife Heritage Foundation’s 50+ Big Cats as part of a unique and exclusive package with the Railway. As a centre of excellence for conservation and breeding, the WHF normally limits entry to those on a special package, for example, a ‘Ranger for the Day’ or an ‘Overnight stay in a Luxury Lodge’ experience.

The attractions have released eighteen dates for 2015. Available on most Wednesdays between April and October the day will start when your group arrives at the WHF near Headcorn. A welcome talk with refreshments will provide an introduction about the amazing work carried out by the Sanctuary before getting a chance to see these beautiful animals up close. When touring the 38-acre site your guide will explain the complexity of managing the attraction and highlight the challenges faced on a daily basis by Big Cats both in captivity and in the wild along with the intricacies of the European Endangered Species Programmes and how they operate to help save the World’s Endangered Big Cats from extinction.

Following your visit to the WHF your coach will deliver you to the Kent & East Sussex Railway in time to enjoy a cooked lunch before taking the 3.40pm steam departure for a 50-minute gentle ride to Bodiam.
The group visit is for a minimum of 15 people and a maximum of 53 people.

The experience is £49.50 per person to include welcoming refreshments at the WHF and a cooked lunch on arrival at the Kent & East Sussex Railway, Tenterden Station.
To book contact the Kent & East Sussex Railway on 01580 765155.


2015 dates

All Wednesdays
Dates displayed in green are booked

APRIL 8 15
MAY 13 20 27
JUNE 3 10 17 24
AUGUST 5 12 19  26
SEPTEMBER 2 9 16  23 30



Coaches should arrive at the WHF at 11am and will depart at 2pm for the Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden where there is free coach parking.  
2.15 Arrive Tenterden Station, lunch prior to the 3.35pm steam departure to Bodiam.Depart Bodiam Station by coach approx 4.25pm.4 cats



As 'A Ride on the Wild Side' is a fairly new experience we will list the questions you are asking with answers below. Please don't hesitate to contact us with your questions.


Q. What is the cooked lunch?

A. Chicken and Mushroom Pie or Steak and Ale Pie......and for vegetarians......Roasted Vegetable and Cheese Sauce Pie (All served with roast potatoes and vegetables). Fruit Crumble Cheesecake or Lemon Tart. Followed by a cup of tea or coffee.

Q. Is there coach parking at both venues?

A. YES, there is free coach parking at the WHF and Tenterden Station.

Q. Is the experience suitable for disabled visitors?

A. The tour of the WHF park is not confined to pathways, there is a need to cover closely mowed grass areas which are soild in dry periods but naturally can become more difficult on or following wet days. Visitors who use a wheelchair will be advised about accessibility by the tour guide on the day. All facilities at the Railway have been designed with elderly, infirm, disabled and wheelchair users in mind. See here for more details.

Q. Are there benches or is there seating throughout the tour?

A. Yes, there are benches, picnic tables and shelters with seating around the site.