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Summer Fun Awaits on the Kent and East Sussex Railway

With summer in full swing and the school holidays fast approaching, now is the perfect time to plan affordable and enjoyable days out. The award-winning Kent and East Sussex Railway is excited to announce the return of their ‘Kids Go FREE' offer* throughout July and August.


This offer allows any child under 16 to travel for free with a fare-paying adult* on the beloved heritage railway. Passengers can journey back in time on a steam train through 10.5 miles of picturesque Wealden countryside, enjoying unlimited trips up and down the line on the day of travel.

Make the most of your adventure with these free and cost-saving activities on the K&ESR:

  • Check the Website: Visit to discover additional activities scheduled for your travel day, such as Teddy Bears picnics, I-Spy challenges, or treasure hunts, most of which are included in your ticket.

  • Tenterden Town Station: Enjoy free entry to the Colonel Stephens Museum to learn about the light railway's history and explore the model railway room.

Col Stephens Railway Museum 

  • Bodiam Station: Discover Kent's hop-picking tradition at Bodiam Station’s hop garden and original hop pickers hut.

The hop garden at Bodiam

  • Nature Spotting: Use the nature posters on the carriage tables and free A4 nature ID sheets to spot and record wildlife from the train. The railway is a unique nature corridor home to many endangered species, including Turtle Doves, Nightingales, Cuckoos, and various waterbirds.

Cuckoo in flight beside the line: photo by David Campbell

  • Bodiam Castle Discount: Show your same-day ticket for a discount on entry to nearby Bodiam Castle, just a short walk from the station.

  • Explore the Wealden Landscape: Break your journey to follow one of the downloadable walking guides available on the K&ESR website for a closer look at the beautiful surroundings.


Discounted Adult and Family tickets can be booked online until midnight the day before travel. Tickets are also available on the day from the booking offices at Tenterden and Bodiam stations.

*Terms and conditions apply. For more details, visit

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