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Bluebell Railway Education Department

School Groups

The Bluebell Railway is based at Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL, on the A275 some two miles north of the A272 and midway between Haywards Heath (7 miles) and Uckfield (8 miles). It runs some 11 miles north from Sheffield Park to Horsted Keynes, Kingscote and East Grinstead where it connects with Southern mainline trains. In all it provides a 22 mile round trip. The Railway's four stations, its locomotives and its rolling stock cover a period of railway history from the 1870s to the 1950s and as such provide children with a unique insight into a way of life that has largely disappeared from the United Kingdom today.

Visits can be tailored to meet specific teaching needs relating to the National Curriculum, or to provide experience of specific events, such as WWII evacuation exercises, or occasions, such as enrichment days.

Trains normally depart Sheffield Park Station for the 1 hour 40 minute return journey but other arrangements are possible. Further information can be found in the School Visits Leaflet - providing an outline of the format for the day, see download at bottom of this page.

 

CONTACTS:

The Education Officer (David Cockram) or the School Liaison Officer (Sandon Ayres) can be contacted by email at education@bluebell-railway.co.uk or via the Sales and Information Office.

Bookings should be made via the Sales and Information Office at Sheffield Park Station: Tel. 01825 720800 or by email at info@bluebell-railway.co.uk

 

Fares:

School Visits £9.50pp
WWII Evacuation Package £11.00pp

Other than refreshments and retail goods from the shop the above fares are inclusive. A deposit of £50.00 is required to confirm a booking with full payment to be made four weeks before the travel date. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, card, invoice or BACS.

 

Facilities:

Free car and coach parking: available at both Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes stations but due to planning restrictions there is no parking at Kingscote station. At East Grinstead station there is limited disabled parking available but no Bluebell car or coach facilities. Public car parks however are available nearby.

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 at Sheffield Park. Unfortunately no seats can be reserved on departures from East Grinstead.

Toilets: available on board most trains (not disabled) and at all four stations with disabled facilities available at Sheffield Park, Kingscote and East Grinstead stations.

Picnic areas: available at Sheffield Park, Horsted Keynes and Kingscote Stations while covered areas are available beneath platform canopies at all three stations and in the Waiting Rooms at both Horsted Keynes and Kingscote Stations. Snacks can also be eaten on board the train.

Gift Shop: Sheffield Park Station - a souvenir pack can be made up in advance of your visit.

Guided visits: an experienced guide is normally available to accompany the party.