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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Tenterden Town Station Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE, England
+44 1580 765155
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Santa Train Special

This was my second time on the Santa Special and decided to pay for a carriage to ourselves, was a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Sandyplaces
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Hastings, United Kingdom
Santa special

Booked on a santa special with two train mad kids. There was entertainment on the station and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Stephanie G
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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The K&ESR opened in 1900 as England’s first ‘light railway’, serving the rural communities of East Sussex and Kent. Closing to passengers in 1954, the line was saved and reopened by a charitable organisation in 1974. It now operates steam hauled and diesel observation trains on a 10.5 mile line from Bodiam Castle in East Sussex to the historic market town of Tenterden in west Kent.
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Tenterden Town Station Station Road, Tenterden TN30 6HE, England
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was my second time on the Santa Special and decided to pay for a carriage to ourselves, was a bit disappointed as there is no table in these carriages, so when they give you your drinks, there is no where to put them, so...More

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André F, Manager at Kent & East Sussex Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Sandyplaces Many thanks for your feedback on our Santa Specials. We've a variety of seating options available, with our family compartments a popular choice for those preferring their own space. Some compartments have tables, others have larger armchair style seating. The fully inclusive activities...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Booked on a santa special with two train mad kids. There was entertainment on the station and things to see as well as a gift shop. The train ride was bit stop start for me but the kids enjoyed it and we all enjoyed our...More

Thank Stephanie G
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Reviewed 7 January 2018 via mobile

I'm not a steam train enthusiast, but we had a great time here in January 2018, going from Tenterden to Bodiam. There is a lot to see at the station (do go for a wander and see the specialty engines) as well as on the...More

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

We absolutely loved the santa special train ride, the whole set up was fantastic although if your at the front of the train like we were the santa part is over very quickly! The staff were lovely we had a great day.

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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This was a great experience. The staff were amazing and professional, the service impeccable, the food was very tasty. There was a great jazz band, dancing, fireworks, Father Christmas and presents. A great time and all timed to perfection. Thank you to everyone who gave...More

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Reviewed 2 January 2018 via mobile

We visited between Christmas and New Year. Had a lovely ride through pleasant Kent scenery with tea and mince pie served at our seat. The catering was reasonably priced which is appreciated these days. So many places rip you off either with price or quality....More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017

Once again the K&ESR produced a fantastic Christmas experience. It was so lovely to see families enjoying themselves and seeing the faces of very excited children.

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Reviewed 31 December 2017 via mobile

At 74 years old, I can still remember Steam Trains, as an engineer they fascinate me. So this short visit down memory lane was very enjoyable. We arrived just after the last rain had left Tenterden station, but there was only half an hour to...More

Thank James R
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Reviewed 27 December 2017

My wife and I made the very wise decision to have a Christmas meal aboard the Wealden Pullman and we are still talking about it. My wife is a vegan and we were a little concerned about how well the dietary requests were to be...More

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Reviewed 27 December 2017

Arrived for the 1145. Santa special,had photos taken,visited the snowy train display.The grandchildren sent letters to Santa and enjoyed every minute.Thats before we went on the train! The train journey was well planned with visits from a magician,elves with sherry and mince pies and finally...More

Thank KathGus
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Sarah G
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I’m sure the lovely staff will be able to assist you. Personally I would probably telephone or email them direct to get a definitive answer.
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2 December 2017|
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Response from André F | Property representative |
Hi! Platform tickets for our standard train service cost £1 and are refundable against purchases from the Station Refreshment Rooms. Please note that platform tickets are not available during certain special events e.g... More
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