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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway in Tenterden, Kent

Kent & East Sussex Railway
Station Road
Tenterden
Kent
TN30 6HE
01580 765 155
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The Kent & East Sussex Railway is the country's finest example of a rural light railway. The line owes much of its charm to its origin as the world's first light railway. Originally opened in 1900, the tightly curved line, with steep gradients, is typical of those rural railways that were developed on shoestring budgets to bring the 'iron horse' to sparsely populated areas. Typically, stations bear the name of the nearest village although these can be miles away from the actual line - a result of geographical conditions and available funds.

Re-opened by dedicated volunteers as an attraction in 1974, following its closure to passenger traffic in the 1950's, today The K&ESR is one of Britain's most loved, most original heritage railways. Running steam and heritage diesel trains for 10½ miles on the preserved central section of the original line from Tenterden, affectionately known as 'The Jewel of The Weald', the line runs through the Rother Levels, a marshland valley so difficult to appreciate in any other way but by train, to Bodiam in East Sussex - where it terminates in the shadow of the magnificent National Trust Castle.

Whether you are interested in heritage, shopping, nature, food and drink or recreation there is an ever-evolving range of special events and offers that provide temptation and interest for all ages, whether you're a regular visitor or one who has yet to discover the unique charm of the K&ESR. Either way, you will find a warm welcome and we're sure your day will be a truly memorable experience.


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What's On in Tenterden?

  • Christmas Mini Market & Grand Draw

    Saturday 16th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Sandhurst

    Christmas Mini Market & Grand Draw. Saturday 16th November from 10am to 12.30pm at the Mission Church, Back Road, TN18 ... more

  • Christmas Open Evening at Tenterden Garden Centre

    Wednesday 20th November @ 5:00pm
    Location: Tenterden

    Get a head start on your Christmas shopping and kick start that festive feeling with us! - Fire Performers 7.15 ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 23rd November for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built grotto every weekend from 23rd November until 22nd December. Entry £6 per child, ... more

  • Antique and Collectors' Fair

    Sunday 24th November @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Lots of stalls free parking free entry breakfast in a roll and roasts served from 12noon til 3pm at a ... more

  • SEN Grotto Visits

    Friday 29th November for 2 days @ 3:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    We believe Christmas should be a fun, safe and magical experience for all. This year for SEN children and their ... more

  • CSO Charity Winter Concert at St George's Benenden

    Saturday 30th November @ 7:30pm
    Location: Benenden

    Charity concert at St George's Church, Benenden in aid of 'Catching Lives' and 'The Music Well'. Come and warm the ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Sunday 1st December @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built Grotto every weekend from 23rd November until 22nd December. Entry £6 per child, ... more

  • SEN Grotto Visits

    Friday 6th December @ 3:30pm
    Location: Tenterden

    We believe Christmas should be a fun, safe and magical experience for all. This year for SEN children and their ... more

  • Craft Fair for Christmas

    Saturday 7th December @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next Craft Fair will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 7th December 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Father Christmas' Grotto

    Saturday 7th December for 2 days @ 10:30am
    Location: Tenterden

    Visit Father Christmas in his elf built Grotto every weekend from 23rd November until 22nd December. Entry £6 per child, ... more

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