Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May 2018

Enjoy period music, dancers, vehicles, displays and entertainment.  You can have a chat with Winston Churchill or get your hair done all curly and cool.  You may even hear the sound of a Merlin engine and catch sight of a Spitfire.  Marvellous.

  

Stuart Kirk Photography My Favourite Things 1940s 2017

Magnificent steam trains will be joined by a Spitfire flying display, vintage military vehicles and even an appearance by Winston Churchill at this year's Kent & East Sussex Railway 1940s weekend.

Visitors will be given their own identity cards and can enjoy unlimited travel for the day, with steam trains running every 45 minutes between Tenterden and Bodiam. There is a packed programme of events at both stations and parking is free at Tenterden and Northiam.

Stuart Kirk Photography Spitfire 1940s 2017     Stuart Kirk Photography reinactors 1 1940s 2017                 

Spitfire displays will take place at the Railway on both days, subject to weather conditions.

Churchill will not be the only character paying a visit - Viv the Spiv can be spotted with his black market goods. 

Popular 40’s group My Favourite Things will perform at Tenterden on Saturday and the Swingtime Sweethearts, new for 2018, on Sunday. Cinque Ports Lindy Hoppers will be dancing on both days.

Vintage stalls will sell authentic 40s clothes and accessories and ladies can pay for an authentic 1940s hairstyle on site to complete the 1940s makeover. 

There will be the opportunity to learn how Air Sea Rescue helped airmen forced to ditch in the Channel and to talk to the ARP Air Raid Precaution teams for an insight into life on the home front. 

Vintage military and civilian vehicles will be on display.   

Bodiam Station will feature interactive land army displays and activities. There will be costumed re-enactors, military and civilian vehicles and a Desert Rats encampment display with authentic kit, weapons and a variety of jeeps.  

Miss Holiday Swing and Mr Adam Hoffman will sing popular tunes from the 40’s and Vintage Allsorts are providing a pop up tearoom.

                       

JF Photography Girl in train corridor 2017

 

The Tenterden Refreshment Rooms will be open for breakfast from 10am, with hot and cold meals served throughout the day. The gift shop is open throughout the weekend.

Admission including an all-day Travel Card: Adult £18, Child (3-15 years inc) £12,  Family (2 adults + up to 3 children or 1 adult and up to 4 children) £38.  This popular event gets very busy so pre-booking tickets for collection on the day is strongly recommended.

Please see below for times of train operation and to book.

Bodiam Castle is a short walk from Bodiam Station.  Presenting a valid train ticket entitles passengers to discounted entry to Bodiam Castle.

There is free entry to the award-winning Col. Stephens Railway Museum, which tells the story of Col. H.F. Stephens, the founder of the Kent & East Sussex Railway, who promoted light railways across the country.

* 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.  

 

              Stuart Kirk Photography Jeeps 1940s 2017     

Enjoy an intensive train service with departures every 45 minutes!

Sat19th

 Sun20th

3 trains in service: 3 steam hauled trains

The steam hauled service marked departs Tenterden at 10.45, 1.00 and 3.15. This train includes on-train catering and access for wheelchair users.

The steam hauled service marked B departs Tenterden at 11.30, 1.45 and 4.00. Please note that we unable to accommodate wheelchair users on this train

The steam hauled service marked C departs Tenterden at 12:15 and 2:30. Please note that we are unable to accommodate wheelchair users on this train 

Due to simultaneous departures of trains crossing at Northiam, it is not possible for an immediate return to Bodiam or Tenterden on disembarking at Northiam. The waiting time for a return train would be 45 minutes. Customers are advised to plan their journeys accordingly, particularly at the end of the day.

A
A
 B
C
A
B 
Tenterden
depart
10.45
11.30
12.15
1.00
1.45
2.30
3.15
4.00
Rolvenden depart 10.55 11.40 12.25 1.10 1.55 2.40 3.25 4.10
Wittersham depart 11.05 11.50 12.35 1.20 2.05 2.50 3.35 4.20
Northiam
depart
11.20
12.05
12.50
1.35
2.20
3.05
3.50
4.35
Bodiam
arrive
11.32
12.17
1.02
1.47
2.32
3.17
4.02
4.47
Bodiam
depart
11.48
12.33
1.18
2.03
2.48
3.33
4.18
5.03
Northiam
depart
12.05
12.50
1.35
2.20
3.05
3.50
4.35
5.20
Wittersham depart 12.14 12.59 1.44 2.29 3.13 3.58 4.44 5.29
Rolvenden depart 12.27 1.12 1.57 2.42 3.27 4.12 4.54 5.39
Tenterden
arrive
12.38
1.23
2.08
2.53
3.38
4.23
5.08
5.53

Every effort will be made to provide the attractions as advertised; but unforeseen circumstances may result in alteration or cancellation at short notice.

Stuart Kirk Photography unexploded bomb 1940s 2017

JF Photography Miss Holliday Swing 1940s 2017        

JF Photography afternoon tea 1 1940s 2017

                                         

                                        JF Photography landgirl 1940s 2017   

  JF Photography boy in uniform 1940s 2017