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“Fairy Tram was a Fairy Tale”
Review of Seaton Tramway

Seaton Tramway
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Seaton
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Seaton Tramway operates narrow gauge heritage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's glorious Axe Valley, travelling alongside the River Axe estuary through two nature reserves and giving an unrivalled view of the abundant wading bird life.The coastal resort of Seaton is now a gateway town to the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, whilst the historic town of Colyton is described as "Devon's Most Rebellious Town" for its part in the Monmouth Rebellion of 1685.The company originated at the Lancaster Electrical Company of Barnet, which manufactured battery electric vehicles. In 1949 its owner, Claude Lane, indulged his hobby by building a miniature 15” gauge tram, which he ran at garden fetes. This portable system enjoyed temporary homes at St Leonard’s and Rhyl before evolving onto the 2’ gauge Eastbourne Tramway.Many of the present trams were built at Eastbourne, but by the mid 1960’s the tramway’s success was outgrowing the mile line. Claude therefore began to look for alternative locations. In late 1969, Claude purchased the Seaton to Colyton section after the branchline had been closed by Dr Beeching in 1966 and, after a mammoth relocation from Eastbourne, the first section was opened in 1980. Since then the tramway has developed into one of Devon’s best loved attractions.New trams have been added to the fleet and the buildings have been much improved in order to meet the needs of the thousands of enthusiastic people who visit each year.
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This review is mainly for the Fairy Tram Experience

And what a wonderful one it was too. I rate this as a must for those with small girls.

I have been visiting the Tramway for almost 40 years and have grown up with it as a big part of holiday life. In recent years I have experienced it through my children’s eyes. They were 3 and 7 at the time of visiting in June.
Wanting to do something different for them I was drawn to the Fairy Tram. Now as with all events you always wonder what you are going to get for your money, I wasn’t disappointed, I got a magical ride with two kids absolutely in awe of the Fairy Godmother.
Now I won’t spoil it, there are hints on other reviews but what I will say is that from start to end it was entertaining, Fairy Godmother keeps the children spellbound all the way to Colyton and weaves a story that continues to into the fun and playtime at the other end. The Fairies and Prince were brilliant and great fun was had with quite a bit of adlibbing.

If I could change anything it would be to have the experience about 30mins longer. While at Colyton Station there is much to fit in, my girls eat slowly and if there had been more children on out particular day then I think face-painting (which was superbly done) may have been missed out on as whilst in the short queue for this the kids towards the back were missing some of the interactive activities.

Also I you are doing the Fairy Tram this needs to be in addition to a normal ride if you haven’t been before as there is so much to see along the Axe Valley in terms of wildlife and then there is the Colyton Station, A short walk to Colyton Village and that’s without the opportunity of changing trams to riding on one of the various single and double decker tramcars that Seaton Tramway has.

Thank Paul F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lovely day out on a quaint reminder of Britain's tramway heritage. This is a tram line based on an old railway branch line, and was a wonderfully nostalgic day out. Fortunately the sun shone so we got the full benefit of the lovely open top cars. An added benefit was that, as they are rebuilding the station in Seaton, the boarding point for the cars meant that we went right through the depot, normally out of bounds to passengers, so we saw the whole fleet of lovely traditional trams.

1  Thank tonydallen
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We caught the tram from Colyton into Seaton and did a return journey. Great way to see the countryside, tide was out so plenty of birds on the mudflats.

We did the return trip and enjoyed a cream scone (very tasty) at the old station.

1  Thank CEJUK
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a lovely trip with great views over the nearby estuary and bird reserve. At the time we travelled the opening of the new terminal station in Seaton was imminent which will be a welcome addition to the facilities. At the far end of the line there looks to be an interesting option to visit Colytown but we ran out of time and had to limit ourselves to the buffet on the station - which was very nice. I felt the price of £10 per adult (no reduction for seniors) was a little high as the journey is only about 20mins each way

Thank rparsoni
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We spent a couple of hours having a look at the depot and on the tram, the new terminal is opening in a few days, so until then you can catch the free shuttle bus to the depot where the tram starts, we walked, about 10 minutes, could do with a few more signs to show the way, cost is £10 each well worth every penny, a great few hours, staff very friendly, saw loads of birds along the estuary, this is a must to visit

Thank NoahBirmingham
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