1940’s Weekend at the Kent & East Sussex Railway

Take a step back in time with a visit to the annual 1940’s Weekend at the Kent & East Sussex Railway on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May 2017. Admission includes unlimited train travel on the day of your visit. On arrival at Tenterden collect your free identity card before immersing yourself in the nostalgic 40’s atmosphere created by the re-enactors, live performers and authentic 1940’s displays.

On both days there will be an exciting Spitfire flying display* at Tenterden station.

Visiting locomotive ‘Foxcote Manor’ will be one of the steam locomotives taking passengers between Tenterden and Bodiam stations with services leaving every 45 minutes.

A variety of attractions are planned for each station, and re-enactors and 1940’s singers will be performing throughout the weekend, including ‘Viv the Spiv’ with his black market goods.

“We are delighted that our 1940s event continues to capture the imagination of visitors young and young-at-heart and with so much going on across the railway it is fun for all the family.  With so many trains, there is plenty of time to enjoy the varied activities at the different stations.” enthused Product & Reservations Manager Helen Douglas.

Activities at Tenterden Station will include singing from popular 40’s group ‘My Favourite Things’ and energetic dancing from the Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers.  Visit vintage stalls selling authentic 40s clothes and accessories and perhaps book an appointment with the guest hairdresser and barber to complete your 1940s makeover (additional cost applies).  Visit the RAF station operations room to see how the plotting table would have been operated during the Battle Britain. Learn how Air Sea Rescue helped airmen forced to ditch in the Channel, and talk to the ARP Air Raid Precaution teams for an insight into life on the home front.  Peruse the collection of vintage military and civilian vehicles.

There will be singing at Northiam Station and the station shop will be open with an opportunity to purchase a well-earned cup of tea!  At Bodiam Station there are interactive land army displays and activities. The younger members of the family will enjoy the arts and crafts and can even learn how to milk a cow!  Costumed re-enactors, military and civilian vehicles all add to the atmosphere.  Explore the Desert Rats encampment display filled with authentic kit, weapons and a variety of jeeps.  Listen to popular tunes from the era sung by two 40’s singers Pete Wayre and Miss Holiday Swing.  Vintage Allsorts will provide a pop up tearoom and a free Heritage Bus Service will run between Bodiam Station and Bodiam Castle.

The Station Refreshment Rooms at Tenterden Station will be open for breakfast from 10.00am with a range of hot and cold meals served throughout the day and the gift shop will be open throughout the weekend providing an opportunity to purchase a memento of your visit. The award winning Colonel Stephens Railway Museum will be open throughout the weekend, with free entry to ticket holders and tells the story of Colonel Stephens the founder of the Kent & East Sussex Railway and the promoter of light railways across the country, through a collection of railwayana.

Admission including an all-day Travel Card: Adult £18, Child (3 – 15 years inc.) £12 and Family (2 adults + up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children) £38. Please see the timetable on the website for times of steam train operation.  A 10% saving applies when pre-booking tickets on the website www.kesr.org.uk

* Flying display subject to weather conditions

Every effort will be made to provide the attractions as advertised; but unforeseen

circumstances may result in alteration or cancellation at short notice.

Tenterden and Northiam are situated on the A28 between Ashford and Hastings. Free parking at Tenterden Station.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is a registered educational charity and is open every weekend between 1st April and 29th October, with weekday operating taking place through much of the season.  For more details telephone 01580 765155, visit www.kesr.org.uk or email enquiries@kesr.org.uk