The Summer Festival - A gathering of steam on the road and rails, vintage vehicles and a whole lot of fun for all the family!
This year our 3rd Summer Festival is set to be bigger and better, building on the success of this event in previous years. Centred around Eridge Station, it is once again taking place on an early Summer weekend, 30th June and 1st July. For 2018 this event will also feature a Victorian Steam Locomotive in the form of Lancashire & Yorkshire A-Class No. 52322 courtesy of Andy Booth!
Hosting a wide variety of family games, attractions, and entertainment; this year will see a large collection of Road Steam & vintage vehicles, an intensive two-train service, live entertainment shows, Driver for a Fiver experiences, and a selection of Real Ales & Ciders alongside our BBQ.
At the Stations:
Featuring a fine selection of Road Steam Engines (Traction Engines & Steam Rollers) and a collection of Vintage Cars, Eridge is the centre of this years event. Entertainment throughout the day will feature classic Punch & Judy shows, face painting, Birds of Prey display (Saturday only), free bouncy castle, beautifully restored Victorian Carrousels, Lions Club games, Tom-bolas, and much much more for your enjoyment! Why not try a great selection of refreshments from the Real Ale & Cider Bar alongside our all-day BBQ. Live music performances and Dining Experiences shall see our event through until the late evening.
Opportunities to board the Footplate of the Road and Rail Steam Engines may be available, allowing you to experience the Drivers view of these magnificent machines, including “Driver for a Fiver” courses on one of the Railway Locomotives.
Our passing point for trains, there shall be a small display of Stationary Engines on the platform. Perfect for families, why not purchase our joint tickets with Groombridge Place and alight here for the short walk to visit this delightful estate and gardens with a fairytale adventure forest.
Tunbridge Wells West
The Terminus Station in the western part of the Spa town and close to the historic Pantiles shopping arcade, our 1891-built Locomotive Shed will host our growing exhibition of model railways, ride-on miniature railway and free children’s games. This is the Headquarters of our railway where you will have the opportunity to visit our Shop and pop into our restored catering carriage “Emily” for refreshments.
Our award winning on train bar car will be open on both days from the first trains departure to the last trains arrival, this includes the Saturday evening trains. 'Kate' will be open for the sale of real ale and cider, sandwiches, crisps, biscuits and other light refreshments during the day.
Our static buffet 'Emily', located at Tunbridge Wells West will be open both days of the event serving pasties and sausage rolls, as well as hot & cold drinks and light snacks.
Our popular BBQ, will once again be serving burgers and sausages all sourced from our local butchers in Hawkenbury. There'll also be a selection of real ales and ciders in the station carpark.
Getting to our Summer Steam Festival:
The railway's Tunbridge Wells West address is: West Station, Neville Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY and we can be located at the Western end of the town by Sainsbury's and Homebase. Brown tourist signs in the area will assist in guidance and there are two Pay & Display Car Parks within 5-10 minutes’ walk of Tunbridge Wells West Station located at Union House, Linden Close and Major York's Road.
Eridge Station can be accessed off of the main A26 Tunbridge Wells to Lewes Road. There is very limited parking at Groombridge Station. High Rocks Station has a large free car park and signage is available from Tunbridge Wells to the Rocks themselves.
For Sat Navs the railway is located at the following post codes:
• Tunbridge Wells West: TN2 5QY
• High Rocks: TN3 9JJ
• Groombridge: TN3 9RD
• Eridge: TN3 9LE
There will be limited parking at Eridge as the carpark is closed for our Summer Steam Festival.
The easiest station you can get to us via rail travel is Eridge where our trains depart from Platform 2 or you can arrive via Tunbridge Wells Mainline after a 10-15 minute walk down the town through the very famous Pantiles. Please check National Rail Enquiries before travelling.
If you select an e-ticket please ensure you print it off and bring it with you on the day.
Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations. Seats are NOT guaranteed.