The Kentish Man
Monday, April 20th

Southeast England Steam Railway Holiday

South East
Monday, April 20th
5 days
Price: £829
Hugely successful last year, we are delighted to repeat our tour to the Southeast of England. Rich in heritage, railways and scenery, this tour is a must do for those of you who simply want a diverse and extraordinarily fascinating trip to the “Garden of England” – Kent. Based in Tunbridge Wells, at a top notch hotel, come join us and revel in five days of fun – it goes like this:-

Outline Itinerary

Monday

We meet at Haywards Heath about lunchtime and head straight to the Bluebell Railway for standard gauge Southern steam action. Loads of facilities here to keep us entertained before we move on to the fantastic Bentley Miniature railway. Here we find some of the friendliest folk in the land, operating 7 ¼ gauge, and it’s certain to be great fun. There are some lovely branch lines in this part of Kent so we finish the day off with the one to Uckfield, before arriving at our hotel. Tasty or wot!

Tuesday

This holiday gets better and better! We start things off with a visit to the very diminutive Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. Time will be plentiful for exploration of the site which includes a model railway exhibition. Later we head across to the Elham Valley Line, Trust Museum and Countryside Centre for lunch and time to appreciate the railwayana here. Can’t be in Kent within visiting oldest collection of Battle of Britain artefacts in the land, the Kent Battle of Britain Museum. Feeling hungry? Well don’t worry as we are going to re visit to the RH&DR. Good this, because we are going to Dungeness for an early evening meal out of nuclear powered fish n’ chips. When replete we bomb back to our base in Tunbridge Wells.

Wednesday

A local attraction awaits this morning, The Spa Valley Railway. This lovely line features steam and diesel haulage and we will enjoy a full length run. Another major railway awaits, the Kent & East Sussex, running between Tenterden and Bodiam (castle views!). Loads to do during our time here but we must press on once again as we need to have a quick zip up and down on the Hastings Cliff Railway at Hastings before heading back to the hotel – wot a cracker of a day!

Thursday

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

Friday

This is a day of variety and scenery as we drive down to Eastbourne and off to Beachy Head we head – Iconic “down south” – then another branch line, Newhaven to Brighton. Two diverse attractions here, the Brighton Toy & Model Museum – an absolute treasure trove of nostalgia and priceless models, then, an Inside Track special – the iconic and electrifying Volks Railway. Our homeward bound journeys will commence from Brighton mid-afternoon.

Our Hotel

The Spa Hotel, Royal Tunbridge Wells
Set in 14 acres of picturesque grounds close to the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, the hotels reputation is one of style, sophistication, relaxation and fine dining. Our evening dining here will be at an agreed time according to each day’s itinerary and with its renowned reputation for excellent food it’s sure to be a delight. An added bonus is that at the end of our days’ outings one can make use of the hotels pool, steam room, saunas and Spa – don’t forget your cozzies!

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Southeast England Steam Railway Holiday
Tour Reference: KM5/1
Monday, April 20th
5 days
£829
Single supplement £30.00 per night

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