A Celebration of hops at Bodiam Station
the weekend of the 16th and 17th September
This September we will be celebrating our hopping story at Bodiam Station.
This is traditionally when the hopping season would have started.
Come along to Bodiam station and take a trip down memory lane, learning all about hop picking in the local area.
Have you ever been up close to the magic ingredient that helps to make your beer? Visit our hop garden where you will be able to touch and smell the hops.
Our replica hoppers hut will be open for visitors to see how hop pickers would have lived. Learn more about the history of hop picking and the local Bodiam area with talks throughout the day with Dom from Hukins Hops and our Bodiam volunteers Vic and Colin.
Learn more about how beer is brewed and the hop growing year through information boards.
Classic cars will be on display.
Enjoy traditional fairground entertainment with a coconut shy and swing boats.
Bodiam will have the bar open and a selection of hot and cold food will be available.
Watch how Hop Head Garlands are made, these will be on sale for you to take home.
Our staff will be dressing for the occasion and you can enjoy a display of hopping equipment.
Pick up your on-board hopping activity sheets to enjoy while you travel through the Rother Valley.
We have no public parking at Bodiam station, Northiam station has a large FREE car park so please travel from Northiam to Bodiam by train if this is easier.
The Hub next to Bodiam Station car park, will be open 10am - 4pm charging £5 for the day.
To find out more information regarding hop picking in Kent and Sussex make sure you save enough time to visit Tenterden Museum in station Road, who have an area on hop picking and agriculture. Tenterden Museum offer 241 over that weekend when showing your KESR travel ticket.
Music will be supplied by Ross Hardman on Saturday and then Sideboard Men on Sunday.
'Roses are red' and 'anderida border' morris sides will be dancing on Sunday
Roses are red dance troupe
Roses are Red and Anderida Border will be dancing in celebration of the hop harvest.