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Southeast England Steam Railway Holiday

Kentish-Man

Kentish Man

Or is it the Man of Kent?

Holiday date: Friday, 22nd April 2022
UK
England
5 days for  £879 per person
£1758 for two people sharing
Single supplement £120
Tour reference: KM5/1

Rich in heritage, railways and scenery, this tour is a must do for those of you who want a diverse and fascinating trip to the “Garden of England”. Based in Tunbridge Wells, at a top-notch hotel, join us and revel in five days of fun!

Holiday Highlights

Wine tasting experience at one of Kent’s premier vineyards
Rustic steam at the Bluebell Railway
Maritime heritage at Chatham Dockyard
Our “local” railway, the Spa Valley from TW
Narrow gauge fun at the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway
The cliff railways of Hastings

Holiday Itinerary

Day 1 - Friday

We meet at Haywards Heath about lunchtime and head to the Bluebell Railway for southern steam action. Lots here to keep us entertained before we move on to the Bentley Miniature Railway and some of the friendliest folk in the land. There are some lovely branch lines in this part of Kent, so we finish the day off with the one to Uckfield.

Meals: Dinner
Day 2 - Saturday

This holiday gets better and better! We start off at the diminutive Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway where there’s time to explore the site and model railway exhibition. Lunchtime is among railwayana at the Elham Valley Line Trust Museum before a Kent “must do”, the awesome Battle of Britain Museum. We then meander our way back to the hotel reflecting on all that was enjoyed in this beautiful county today.

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 3 - Sunday

A local attraction awaits this morning, The Spa Valley Railway. This lovely line features steam and diesel haulage amid country scenes. It’s now time for something rather special. We have arranged a tour of one of Kent’s most prestigious vineyards. Wine critiquing and lunch to be enjoyed here! We then head south to Hastings to have a zip up and down on the Hastings Cliff Railway. Yet another major railway awaits, the Kent & East Sussex, running between Tenterden and Bodiam (castle views!) - a cracker of a day!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 4 - Monday

Now for something different! We are off this morning to North Kent and Chatham Docks. This is an excellent maritime (obviously!) based museum with outstanding presentations spread over an extensive site. You can climb aboard various boats and, even, into a submarine. For our daily dose of steam, we visit the Sittingbourne and Kemsley Railway, the only one in Kent with a mural!

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner
Day 5 - Tuesday

A final day of variety and scenery as we drive to Eastbourne and on to Beachy Head - iconic “down south” - then another branch line, Newhaven to Brighton. Here we visit the surprising Brighton Toy & Model Museum, an absolute treasure trove of nostalgia. Homeward bound journeys commence from Brighton early-afternoon.

Meals: Breakfast

Railways

Bentley Miniture Railway

Miniature steam trains run by local independent owners.

Bluebell Railway, Sheffield Park

11 miles of leafy Sussex scenery behind one of their many steam locos. Other attractions include a museum and gardens to explore.

Hastings Cliff Railways

Two funicular railways linking the upper town with the sea-front.

Kent and East Sussex Steam Railway, Tenterden

10 ½ mile railway with beautiful countryside views and the Colonel Stephen's Railway Museum.

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway

A delightful 15" gauge light railway that chuffs through Kent on a 13 mile long track.

Sittingbourne and Kemsley Railway

Former freight line that crosses a viaduct and runs through a country park.

Our Hotel(s)

4 Star

The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells

What a treat! Set in 14 acres of tended gardens this hotels reputation is style, sophistication, and fine dining. Our evening meals will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary and the fine food is sure to delight. A bonus is the hotels pool, steam room, sauna, and spa - do not forget your cozzies!

Features and Facilities

Rooms Individually designed
En-suite bathroom
Wifi
Flat screen TV with freeview channels
Hairdryer
International direct dial telephone
Radio
SpaSpa & Health Leisure Club

What's included

Transport

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

Entertainment

All entrances
Detailed itinerary/information pack
Services of courier throughout

Accommodation

Hotel accommodation on a dinner, bed and breakfast basis

Treats

One evening meal out

What's not included

Travel to/from the holiday start point
Personal holiday insurance
Porterage
Lunches
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