Days Out

Summer Festival of Steam at the Spa Valley Railway between Tunbridge Wells and Eridge

The summer festival of steam brings together a gathering of steam from the road and rails including 100-year-old Steam Locomotive, Traction Engines & Steam Rollers.

Centred around Eridge Station this annual event will take place on 30th June and 1st July 2018.

The event will also feature a Victorian Steam Locomotive in the form of Lancashire & Yorkshire A-Class No. 52322 courtesy of Andy Booth.

An ideal family day out, there will be something for all ages with trains running all day, a display of vintage vehicles and the opportunity to take part in lots of family games and entertainment.

There will also be live entertainment on both days together with a Real Ale and Cider Bar and BBQ.

At the Stations:

Eridge Station:  Featuring a fine selection of Road Steam Engines (Traction Engines & Steam Rollers) and a collection of Vintage Cars. Entertainment throughout the day will feature classic Punch & Judy shows, face painting, bouncy castle, beautifully restored Victorian Carrousels, Lions Club games, Tom-bolas, and much more. Enjoy a great selection of refreshments from the Real Ale & Cider Bar alongside our all-day BBQ. Live music performances and Dining Experiences will see the event through until the late evening.

Opportunities to board the Footplate of the Road and Rail Steam Engines may be available offering the chance to experience the Drivers view from these magnificent machines.

Groombridge:   The railway’s passing point for trains, there will be a small display of Stationary Engines on the platform. Perfect for families, why not purchase a joint ticket with Groombridge Place and alight here for the short walk to visit this delightful estate and gardens with a fairytale adventure forest.

Tunbridge Wells West: The Terminus Station in the western part of the Spa town and close to the historic Pantiles shopping arcade, the 1891-built Locomotive Shed will host a growing exhibition of model railways, ride-on miniature railway and free children’s games. This is the Headquarters of the railway with a shop and restored catering carriage “Emily” serving refreshments.

Refreshments will also be available from ‘Kate’ the railway’s award-winning on train bar car.  Kate will be open on both days from the first trains departure to the last trains arrival, this includes the Saturday evening trains. ‘Kate’ will be open for the sale of real ale and cider, sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and other light refreshments during the day.  Refreshments will also be available from ‘Emily’ located at Tunbridge Wells West.

Admission:  1 day with unlimited train travel:  Adults £20, Child £10, Family £45.  Festival only with no train travel £5 adults and £2.50 child.

Admission for 2 days with unlimited train travel: Adults £35, Child £15.

To book tickets visit:  www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

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