Easter Fun at Spa Valley Railway

19th - 22nd April 2019

Overview

Visit the Spa Valley Railway this Easter to find the eggs around the line! After spotting all the eggs, children can ask for a yummy chocolate reward to enjoy on the way home.

The railway will be operating a two train timetable over Easter with two steam engines and one heritage diesel in action.   Standard fares apply throughout the Easter period with a family ticket being just £28.00 when booked in advance online (£30 on the day). Tickets are also valid for unlimited travel on the day of your visit.

Families can enjoy additional activities in the Easter holidays at Tunbridge Wells West Station (next to Sainsburys car park in the town) including face painting, arts and crafts a model railway and a miniature cinema.  The engine shed will also be open to view locomotive and carriages undergoing restoration.

Tunbridge Wells West departures: 10:20, 11:10, 12:00, 12:50, 13:40, 14:30, 15:20 and 16:10

Eridge departures: 11:10, 12:00, 12:50, 13:40, 14:30, 15:20, 16:10 and 17:00

With tickets being valid for all day travel, passengers can choose to visit any of the destinations along the line including the historic spa town of Royal Tunbridge Wells which is just five minutes’ walk from the famous Pantiles.  Also discover children’s favourite Wellington Rocks on the Tunbridge Wells Common or visit the nearby Pantiles with its many independent shops and cafes which line this famous landmark.   Lord North discovered the Chalybeate Spring in 1606 making the pantiles popular.  It also became a favourite of visiting royalty after the visit in 1629 of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles 1, who stayed in the Wells for six weeks.  In 1909 King Edward VII officially recognised the popularity of the town with its many royal visitors, which included his mother, Queen Victoria, and granted the town its "Royal” prefix.   A guided walk is the perfect way to learn about the colourful history of Royal Tunbridge Wells and its many famous visitors. To make a group booking please contact the Official Tourist Information Centre on 01892 515675 ortouristinformationcentre@tunbridgewells.gov.uk

At Eridge passengers can pick up the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walking route to explore the area including nearby Harrisons Rocks.

Groombridge is the railway’s principle intermediate station and is known as the sunniest spot on the railway!  Alight here to see the restored Old Station Building and watch the trains crossing over. Why not enjoy a snack or drink at the station while remembering a bygone era.  As well as the playpark in Groombridge perhaps consider a visit to Burrswood or Groombridge Place.  Burrswood has a café and leaflets in reception detailing four different local walks.

High Rocks is the smallest and most picturesque station on the line.  It was built from scratch and opened in 1998 following the closure of the original halt in the 1950s.

High Rocks Halt is set in the tranquil gardens of the High Rocks Inn. This is an ideal place to sit and watch the trains go by whilst enjoying a drink in the landscaped gardens.  Look up and you will see the majestic High Rocks themselves which date back millions of years.  Adults only are allowed into the monument itself and tickets can be purchased at the attraction.

To book a journey on the Spa Valley Railway book via www.spavalleyrailway.com

Fares booked in advance online: £5 for children 2-15, £10 for adults, £9 for seniors and £28 for a family ticket. Standard fares allow unlimited travel for the whole day. 

Visitors can reach Tunbridge Wells via the mainline station in the centre of Tunbridge Wells or choose to start their journey at the other end of the line at Eridge.  Trains also come into Eridge from London and arriving passengers can cross the platform to pick up services run by the Spa Valley Railway from here to Tunbridge Wells.  

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Time

Tunbridge Wells West departures: 10:20, 11:10, 12:00, 12:50, 13:40, 14:30, 15:20 and 16:10

Eridge departures: 11:10, 12:00, 12:50, 13:40, 14:30, 15:20, 16:10 and 17:00

Price

Standard fares apply throughout the Easter period with a family ticket being just £28.00 when booked in advance online (£30 on the day). Tickets are also valid for unlimited travel on the day of your visit.

Fares booked in advance online: £5 for children 2-15, £10 for adults, £9 for seniors and £28 for a family ticket

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