The Bluebell Railway welcomes coach and organised groups of any size with plenty of discounted rates and options available to you.
Group bookings must consist of 15 or more passengers to be able to reserve seats and get the discounted group rate.
Standard travel for the 1 hour & 40 minute return journey is £13.50 per adult & £6.75 per child (3 and under 16) There is no group rate on single journeys. The best available times to travel with a group are on the 11.00am, 1.30pm & 3.45pm trains on service one days and 9.45am, 12.15pm and 2.45pm trains on service two days as they are walk through carriages that hold more passengers and offer toilet facilities and a buffet car selling snacks and drinks.
Please note the group rate is only available to coach groups and organisations.
Joint tickets with the National Trust Gardens
The Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park Gardens offer a joint ticket priced at £20.00 per person. This includes a 1 hour and 45 minute return journey on the train at the Bluebell and entrance to the Gardens. (We are approximately 1 mile away from Sheffield Park Gardens).
See below options also available for groups between April - September only:
Steam & Cream
Enjoy a Cream Tea on board the train from Sheffield Park only. £21.50 per person including travel and tea.
Travel though the Sussex Countryside whilst relaxing with a Ploughman's Lunch on board the train from Sheffield Park only. £23.00 per person including travel and lunch.
A non refundable deposit is required on booking to confirm your visit. Full payment is required at least one month before the travel date.
Provision for disabled visitors - a carriage for wheelchair bound or mobility impaired visitors is normally available.
Reserved accommodation on trains - seating in open plan carriages is reserved for groups starting their journeys from Sheffield Park.
Toilets - facilities are available on board most trains (not disabled) and at all four stations.
Picnic areas - these are available at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote. While covered areas are available beneath platform canopies and in the Waiting Rooms at both Horsted Keynes and Kingscote. Snacks can also be eaten on board the train.
Refreshments - full refreshments facilities are available at Sheffield Park, while a buffet car serving light refreshments is normally available on the train.
Gift shop at Sheffield Park Station
Free parking at Sheffield Park Station.
Bluebell Guides and Speakers
Whenever possible we arrange for a qualified Bluebell Guide to be available to meet groups visiting the Bluebell Railway to provide background information about the Railway and the services that we provide and to answer any questions that you may have.
Clubs and Societies wishing to know more about the Bluebell either in advance of a visit or at a later date may like to be aware that we have a team of speakers' available to talk about the history of the Railway and the services that we offer. A charge is not normally made for such visits but a donation to Bluebell funds would be appreciated. Bookings can be made via the Sales and Information Office.
Visits to Sheffield Park Station
We can arrange evening visits to our historic Sheffield Park Station during the summer months for Local History Societies and other groups.
Visits commence at 6pm with a presentation about the history of the Railway and the services that we have to offer, followed by a tour of the historic station, including the signal box, the loco shed and the Museum. They conclude around 9pm after a buffet supper in the Bessemer Arms Restaurant. Bookings can be made via the Sales and Information Office.