Days Out

Thomas the Tank Engine is Back!

Thomas the Tank engine is steaming back to Tenterden to star at the biggest event in the Kent & East Sussex Railway calendar.

Thomas will be hauling special trains to Rolvenden and back, on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July and his passengers can hop-on and off and ride as many times as they like during the day.

As well as enjoying unlimited rides, children can meet the Fat Controller and his friends Rusty & Dusty, join in the fun and entertainment including face-painting, bouncy castles, soft play, storytelling and magic shows, station scenarios with Rusty & Dusty, enjoy screenings of Thomas and Friends television series and take part in the colouring along with other activities in the Imagination Station.

KESR spokesman Helen Douglas said: “We are delighted to welcome back everyone’s favourite “Really Useful Engine” from Sodor this September.  The joy and excitement we see on the faces of the hundreds of children who come to see Thomas and join in the fun never ceases to thrill our volunteers! This year, we have reduced the price of our family ticket, which offers a big discount.”

A Family Ticket for two adults and two children is £50. Individual tickets are adults £18, children 18 months to 15 years inclusive £13.50.  Babes in arms under 18 months are carried free, provided they do not occupy a seat.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 01580 765155.   Please visit for further information about the railway.

Tenterden station’s licensed restaurant offers ‘daily specials’ and a children’s menu. There is free parking for 300 customers at Tenterden Town Station and many Pay & Display car parks nearby.

The facilities at the railway have been carefully designed with disabled, elderly and less mobile visitors in mind. There are limited parking spaces for Blue Badge holders close to the entrance of the station, and accessible toilets at Tenterden.  An accessible coach, Petros, is specially designed for wheelchair users and has ramped access, wide aisles, an accessible toilet and moveable seating. Mobility-impaired customers or those with Carers are strongly advised to pre-book directly with the railway on 01580 765155.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway is located in Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE. Please visit for further information about the railway.

Every effort will be made to provide the attractions as advertised, but unforeseen circumstances may result in alteration or cancellation at short notice.  Tickets for access to the platform only are not available 21st to 23rd July.

Previous post

Fly Legs Up!

Next post

Southern Model Show - 8th & 9th September