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Kent & East Sussex Railway

Kent & East Sussex Railway near Rye, 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 Rye?

  • Jazz Supper at The Mermaid

    Thursday 27th February
    Location: Rye

    An evening of outstanding live music and improvisation from the Jazznights Ensemble with a special guest appearance from trumpet-impersonating virtuoso, ... more

  • Bottomless Thali - Friday Night Special

    Friday 28th February
    Location: Rye

    Thali is not a thali till you get hit by a 'how am I going to finish all this' fatigue. ... more

  • Multi Stall Market Appledore Village Hall

    Saturday 7th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    We are in our second year and we have had good reviews. Come along and see what's on offer inc ... more

  • The Active Cafe

    Sunday 8th March @ 11:00am
    Location: Appledore

    This is the Grand opening of the new café at the Appledore Village Hall TN26 2AF that you can come ... more

  • Craft Fayre

    Saturday 14th March @ 10:00am
    Location: Northiam

    Northiam Bonfire Society's next CRAFT FAIR will be held in Northiam Village Hall on Saturday 14th March 10am to 2pm. ... more

  • Jumble Sale

    Saturday 21st March @ 2:30pm
    Location: Northiam

    Jumble Sale - Northiam Village Hall 2.30-4pm. Donations to the Hall 10-12. Northiam Village Hall Trust. ... more

  • Antique and Collectors Fair

    Sunday 22nd March @ 10:00am
    Location: Appledore

    Appledore Village Hall Fair is in it's second year and has good reviews 17 stalls selling Antiques, Books, jewellery, pottery, ... more

  • Lone Star Comedy Club

    Saturday 28th March
    Location: Rye

    Stand Up Comedy at Rye Community Centre Rich Wilson - Headliner Rich Wilson has loved comedy ever since his older ... more

  • Charity Boot Fair

    Monday 13th April @ 7:00am
    Location: Peasmarsh

    Bank Holiday Charity Boot Fair. Hard-standing pitch from £5 (donated to Rye & District Community Transport). Gates open at 7am. ... more

  • Kent Police Male Voice Choir

    Saturday 25th April
    Location: Northiam

    FOSM is delighted to welcome the Kent Police Male Voice Choir who will perform in St Mary’s Church on Saturday ... more

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