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Simon Marsh, K&ESR Chairman

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Fright Night Express

 On Friday 25th October ride the Fright Night Express if you dare!

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 Visit the railway from 5:00pm for a Fright Night workshop including pumpkin carving (which you can take home) and face painting.  Families are encouraged to come in fancy dress, the scarier the better!

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Spooky music will be accompanied by the beats of the Drumskullz and an amazing live fire breather will add to the atmosphere before everyone boards the Fright Night Express in time for a 7:00pm departure.

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 Children will receive a Munchbox during the journey.

Hot snacks will be available to purchase from the licensed restaurant at Tenterden Town Station, to eat in or take on the train.

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Upon arrival at Northiam Station enjoy a firework display before the return journey to Tenterden, which will see the train arrive back at the station for approximately 8:45pm.

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

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Bus Rally

Sunday 24th June 2018

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Here at the Kent & East Sussex Railway we are welcoming what was once the deadly enemy of the railways - the bus.


On Sunday 24th June our station at Tenterden will be the setting for a rally featuring more than a dozen vintage vehicles, offering free rides to seven destinations. 

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A hundred years ago, the coming of the bus posed a significant threat to the railway, as competition for passengers intensified.  The car ultimately took its toll on both. Here at the railway we carried our last passengers in 1954 before re-opening in preservation in 1974.  

During the bus rally, on Sunday, 24 June, there will be free bus trips throughout the day to Headcorn, Woodchurch, Cranbrook, Wittersham, Sandhurst, Rolvenden Layne and Shrubcote Lane.

Rally committee member Noel Young said: “Older people will be able to ride on vehicles they remember from 50 years ago, while children can enjoy seeing the buses for the first time. And, of course, they can buy tickets to travel on the railway, which will be running steam trains.  It's the perfect setting for a wonderful day out. Other buses will be on display in addition to those providing rides."

FREE feeder services using vintage buses will leave from Tunbridge Wells railway station (8.45am), Hastings station (9.02am) and Ashford station (9.10am).The return journeys to all three towns will leave Tenterden at 4.30pm.  While the organisers will try to operate the below services it will depend on vehicle availability, resulting in no guarantee of timings or of services running.


Two steam trains will be operating services throughout the day  - click here for timetable of train service

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Book your tickets online before midnight on 23rd June to receive a 10% discount.

TravelCard tickets provide unlimited all day travel on our steam trains.

Collected your discounted pre-booked tickets from the Booking Office upon arrival at Tenterden.

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Volunteer Accommodation at Tenterden

Working volunteer overnight accommodation is now available at Tenterden Town Station

Please keep it secure and in good condition. The terms and conditions of use are outlined below and, by making a booking, you indicate your agreement to these T&C’s.

What is available?

  • Single rooms with a single bed with mattress and mattress cover, double glazed window with blackout curtains, lights and a hanging rail. A separate thermostatically controlled heater is fitted in each room. Each room has individual locks for personal security.
  • Shower/toilets with wash basins are provided. These are not intended to replace workshop showers for removing the majority of work related oil and dirt.
  • Kitchen with fridge, microwave oven, toaster, kettle, a reasonable range of cutlery, crockery and kitchenware plus table and chairs.
  • Smoke detection alarms and emergency lighting are fitted throughout.
  • WiFi is available for general use - email, social media & basic web browsing. It is not suitable for high bandwidth services such as online TV.
  • Rooms are available from 16:30hrs until 11:30hrs on the day of departure.

Who is eligible to book overnight accommodation?

  • Working volunteers over 18 years of age, for the night before and night after a turn of duty.
  • Working volunteers over 18 years of age staying over for longer periods e.g. 3+ days may also stay on their Rest Day(s)

How much does it cost?

  • There is an initial £20 deposit to cover key loss & registration. This deposit will be refunded to you should you no longer wish to use the accommodation on a regular basis.
  • Booking Fees of £5.00 per night are used to fund heating, lighting, cleaning materials, maintenance and future refurbishment.
  • The maximum continuous stay will be seven nights except by prior arrangement with your Manager.

How to register

  • Before making a booking, a £20 key loss deposit & registration is required. Deposits are specific to individuals and cannot be transferred. The deposit will be returned if you no longer wish to make use of the accommodation.
  • Click HERE to register (opens in a new page). When your deposit is received, you will receive a unique personal ‘membership’ number by email. This membership number is required on each occasion that you make a room booking.

How to make a room booking

  • Booking will be on a first come first served basis and must be pre-paid at the time of booking
  • Select your arrival day in the calendar HERE
  • Select the quantity of rooms required from the dropdown. There are up to six rooms available per night. Note that rooms are available from 16:30hrs on your arrival day and must be vacated by 11:30hrs on the day of departure.
  • Click 'Add to basket'
  • If you wish to add further nights stay, click ‘Continue shopping’ and repeat the above process.
  • When you have added all the required rooms/dates, enter your Room Key Deposit 'membership' number (that you received by email following the registration process above, NOT your K&ESR membership number) in the field adjacent to the date and click 'Validate' - note that if you're booking several dates at once, you'll need to validate each date.
  • Proceed to the checkout.
  • Note that the personal details entered in the checkout process must match your deposit registration details
  • Your booking confirmation, containing the code to the key safe, will be emailed to you automatically.
  • Should you encounter a problem, contact the Booking Office on 01580 765155 or email [email protected]

Changes to your room booking

  • Please advise us promptly if you no longer require a room so that others are not unnecessarily refused accommodation. Call 01580 765155 for assistance.
  • Bookings may be rescheduled where requested at least 24 hours prior to your booked arrival. A small administration fee may be charged.
  • Bookings cannot be rescheduled within 24 hours of your booked arrival.

On arrival

  • On arrival, your room keys can be collected from a coded key box situated in the messroom at the rear of the Buffet - the messroom can be accessed by a standard ‘Operating’ or ‘Mess Room’ key. The code to open the key box will be emailed to you with your room booking receipt.
  • Users must provide their own bed linen, pillows and towels/toiletries.

On departure

  • Users must ensure that their room is left in a clean and tidy state ready for the next guest. Cleaning materials are provided.
  • Keys must be returned to the key safe at the end of each period.
  • Bins must be emptied into the wheelie bins.
  • Remove all personal belongings including own bed linen, pillows and towels/toiletries.
  • The accommodation must be vacated by 11:30hrs

Terms and Conditions of use:

Common sense and mutual respect for our accommodation, each other, our neighbours and our customers should ensure there is no need for excessive rules and regulations.

Making a booking indicates your acceptance of these Terms and Condition

  • On your day of departure, the accommodation must be vacated by 11:30hrs and all keys immediately returned to the key safe.
  • Dirty clothing, overalls and boots must not be worn in the accommodation.
  • Smoking, including vapes, is not permitted in or around the accommodation units.
  • No personal belongings or food (tinned or otherwise) may be left between stays.
  • Mess room drink supplies should not be taken into accommodation kitchens.
  • Users must maintain their room in a clean & tidy state at all times. The kitchen and toilet/shower should be cleaned after each use. Cleaning materials are provided.
  • Rubbish must be placed in bins. Full bins or food waste must be promptly emptied into the wheelie bins.
  • Users must remove their own bed linen, pillows and towels/toiletries at the end of each stay.
  • Use of WiFi is in accordance with fair use policy.
  • Keys must be returned at the end of each period.
  • Any breakages/defects must be immediately reported to your Manager.
  • Accommodation users do not have the right to invite other people to enter or use this accommodation. On leaving the accommodation doors must be locked.
  • Accommodation may be refused to individuals who fail to follow these simple terms and conditions or behave in an inappropriate manner.