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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Ebony, 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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  • Ryebellion Drummers

    Monday 25th June @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    We are the drumming group of the Rye & District Bonfire Society. We perform at events throughout the Sussex bonfire ... more

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 28th June @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Multi-instrumentalist Phil Brown, who plays saxophone, flute and also piano, joins the regulars of bassist Dave Silk and sultry vocalist ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 29th June @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

  • An Evening of Wurlitzer and Song

    Friday 29th June
    Location: Rye

    The popular Annual Concert featuring young Wurlitzer stars of the furture playing their entries to the year's Young Theatre Organist ... more

  • Beckley Village Fete

    Saturday 30th June @ noon
    Location: Beckley

    Beckley Village Fete - Jubilee Field and Village Centre. ... more

  • Winchelsea Cellar Tours

    Sunday 1st July
    Location: Winchelsea

    Each year a team of volunteers run guided tours of the town’s medieval cellars. All proceeds received (£6 per person) ... more

  • Tommy Ludford at the King's Head

    Sunday 1st July @ 7:00pm
    Location: Rye

    Tommy Ludford at the King's Head Inn - A268 - TN31 7NH. ... more

  • Ryebellion Drummers

    Monday 2nd July @ 7:30pm
    Location: Rye

    We are the drumming group of the Rye & District Bonfire Society. We perform at events throughout the Sussex bonfire ... more

  • Salts Farm Stitchers

    Thursday 5th July
    Location: East Guldeford

    Activity social group for knitters, crocheters and stitchers who want to get together with like minded people. Meet in the ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 6th July @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Rye Country Market will be open every Friday from 9th March - 14th December. We sell Cakes, Savouries, Preserves, Free ... more

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