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Hampshire, Kent and Dorset Coast Steam Railway Holiday


Steam Ship Show

Well organised Bournemouth Air Show from the water

Holiday date: Friday, 1st September 2023
4 days for  £769 per person
£1538 for two people sharing
Single supplement £120
Tour reference: SS4/1

Here’s a real south coast seaside spectacular. From Swanage to Sandbanks, Southampton to Sheildhall - this holiday has more S’s in it than you can shake a stick at…enjoy the show!

Holiday Highlights

Planes, trains & automobiles….Oh, and a ship!
A whole day of nautical pleasure on the Steam Ship Shieldhall
What a spectacle – the Bournemouth Airshow
Miniature steam galore at the Moors Valley
Motoring interest with the National Motor Museum & Tank Museum
A steamy day out on the Isle of Purbeck with the Swanage Railway

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

We meet at Southampton Station about lunchtime and transfer to the port for a cruise across Southampton Water to Hythe where, after a ride on the world’s oldest electric pier railway, there is time to appreciate this lovely little town. We then head off into the New Forest and the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. Here there are vintage cars, codebreaking wartime interest and James Bond. There is also an elevated monorail that travels through the main exhibition building and around the site.

Meals: Dinner
By Geni - Photo by user:geni, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Day 2 - Saturday

We board the Steam Ship Sheildhall, heading out past Brownsea Island and Sandbanks, to moor off Bournemouth Beach. Due to the limited number of passengers allowed on board you will have plenty of space for your enjoyment. Refreshments will be included all day to enhance the overall experience. If you wish you can even look at the engine room and bridge! The Airshow is best viewed from Sheildhall because the pilots use the ship as a navigation point so everything will be coming over us – what a day!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

Off to the Isle of Purbeck today (it’s not really an Island). We are going by rail to Bournemouth and join the open-topped “Breezer” bus, over the Sandbanks Chain Ferry to Swanage. Then, we have the very authentic Swanage Steam Railway with options to visit Corfe Castle and Swanage itself. We’ll conclude the day with a fascinating visit to the Bovington Tank Museum that will surprise even the least “tank interested” person.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
By Herbythyme - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Day 4 - Monday

For our final dose of steam, the Moors Valley Railway is surely the most exciting miniature line there is. Fully signalled, engines built on site, it is a rare breed of engineering achievement and great fun. Homeward bound journeys will commence at about lunchtime from Southampton.

Meals: Breakfast
By Peter Beaven, CC BY-SA 2.0,


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Our Hotel(s)

3 Star

The Poole Quay Hotel, Poole

The prime location of this three-star hotel means it is one of the most sought after and popular in the area. The dining room enjoys a magnificent sea view which looks out over the harbour, festooned with yachts, other pleasure craft, and Brownsea Island. All rooms are spacious and comfortable, no pokey singles here, all single bookings will enjoy a double for sole occupancy. The food is plentiful, the staff lovely, and there are both upstairs and downstairs bars as well as several local hostelries on the quay.

Features and Facilities

Free wi-fi is available throughout the hotel
Ironing facilities
Tea and Coffee facilities
Desk and Chair
Hair Dryer
En-suite bathroom
Complimentary bottled water
Room Service

What's included


All heritage railway rides
All public transport journeys, in standard class accommodation
Private coach transfers throughout the holiday


All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout


Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
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