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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Staplecross, East Sussex

Kent & East Sussex Railway
Station Road
Northiam
East Sussex
TN31 6QT
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.


Event

What's On in Staplecross?

  • Elm Tree Boot Sale

    Sunday 21st April
    Location: Icklesham

    Elm Tree Boot Sale - first of the season just off A259. ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 22nd April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Wildflower Meadow Project) gates ... more

  • Splash Point Jazz

    Wednesday 24th April
    Location: Battle

    Neal Richardson (Piano & vocal) & Guest Sara Oschlag on vocals along with Original Sussex Food Specials ... more

  • Open Garden and Plant Fair

    Wednesday 24th April @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    Open Garden and Specialist Plant Fair being held on a beautiful estate at Hush Heath Winery, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 6th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport) ... more

  • Sussex Brass in Northiam

    Sunday 19th May
    Location: Northiam

    The South Coast's Premier Brass Band will be playing in Northiam Village Hall on Sunday 19th May 3pm. Tickets are ... more

  • Biddenden Flower Festival 2019

    Saturday 25th May for 3 days @ 10:00am
    Location: Hawkhurst

    This year "Memories are made of this" is the theme for the flower festival, held in All Saints Church High ... more

  • Northiam Garden Safari

    Sunday 26th May @ 11:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Allotments and 8 small to medium domestic gardens will be open. Parking and tickets in the Village Hall (Main ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 27th May @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair - Jempson’s Superstore, Peasmarsh. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye Hospital) gates open at ... more

  • Splash Point Jazz

    Wednesday 29th May
    Location: Battle

    Neal Richardson (Piano & vocal) & Guest Raul D'Oliveira - trumpet/vox/ percussion along with a special food theme ... more

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