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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Icklesham, 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.


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What's On in Icklesham?

  • H.A.R.A.S Monthly Guest speaker

    Tuesday 17th September @ 7:00pm
    Location: Westfield

    H.A.R.A.S Hastings & Rother Animal Services invites you to the monthly guest speaker event. This month the lovely Hazel Cake, ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 20th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Friday 20th September
    Location: Rye

    Learn the strange, fascinating, quirky and sometimes grim history of Rye on a gentle 2 hour walk around the beautiful ... more

  • Paul Brown and The Jazznights Ensemble

    Wednesday 25th September
    Location: Rye

    Singer / guitarist Paul Brown has performed in a wide variety of settings around the country to critical acclaim. He ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 27th September @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

  • Mass Dance event with Lynne Page

    Saturday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    Mass dance event at Bridge Point, Rye led by West End choreographer Lynne Page as part of Rye Arts Festival. ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Saturday 28th September
    Location: Rye

    Learn the strange, fascinating, quirky and sometimes grim history of Rye on a gentle 2 hour walk around the beautiful ... more

  • A Case of Death

    Saturday 28th September @ 7:00pm
    Location: Hastings

    An intriguing MYSTERY night…The True CRIME Museum proudly presents a Murder Mystery to sort the Miss Marples from the Inspector ... more

  • Guided Walk of Rye

    Sunday 29th September
    Location: Rye

    Learn the strange, fascinating, quirky and sometimes grim history of Rye on a gentle 2 hour walk around the beautiful ... more

  • Rye Country Market

    Friday 4th October @ 10:00am
    Location: Rye

    Local Produce, Cakes, Jams, Crafts and more. ... more

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