Children's Section

Joining us for lunch in our Restaurant at Sheffield Park? Or planning a summertime picnic? We have the perfect lunchboxes for the little ones.

Our Stepney lunch boxes are available to purchase in the Bessemer Arms Restaurant. If in a larger party then please pre-order for collection on the day. The lunchboxes can be eaten in the restaurant, picnic areas or on the train.

Lunch Boxes include the following:

  • Filled Roll
  • Crisps
  • Piece of Fruit
  • Chocolate Treat
  • Juice Carton
  • Colouring booklet and crayons

The lunch boxes are priced at £5.25 each. If pre-ordering then payment would be required in advance.


Stepney Club (for 3-8 yr olds)

The aim is to foster an interest in railways, steam locomotives and our railway heritage; a sort of Thomas the Tank Engine for the discerning.

Stepney is our figurehead engine – he was the first engine to come to the railway in 1960 and featured in his own book (no.18), “Stepney the “Bluebell” Engine” by the Rev. W. Awdry.

Members of the Stepney Club will receive:

  • A badge, membership card and discounted travel on the Bluebell Railway at any time
  • A card from Stepney on their birthday
  • A magazine every four months containing stories, pictures, puzzles, information about upcoming events and letters and drawings from members
  • A Stepney club carriage on one of our Santa trains at Christmas with half-price tickets for members and their families with a free raffle and lucky dip for club members and their siblings
  • A summer event – either a birthday party for Stepney on the railway or an outing to a railway-themed venue the cost is £8 for a year’s membership, £12 for two years and £16 for three years

If you would like to join, further information can be obtained by contacting the Membership Secretary using the contact form below.


9F Club (for 9-16 yr olds)

The Bluebell Railway’s 9F Club supports the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society (BRPS) by channelling the enthusiasm of young people for steam engines and railways, from merely watching, to actually learning the reality of what it takes to run a preserved railway. Allowing young people between 9 and 16 years of age to undertake ‘hands on’ activities in small groups under experienced adult supervision.

The 9F Club meets once a month, from March to November, alternating between Saturdays and Sundays. Most of the time the members get very dirty while enjoying, what is often, a hard day of physical activity.

Many members, on leaving the 9F club when they are 16, commence working as volunteers in their preferred department(s) at the railway.

The 9F Club has a safeguarding policy, all adult supervisors are DBS checked and all members sign, and are required to abide by, an annual behaviour agreement.

On Health and Safety grounds this is not a suitable environment for children requiring special supervision.

Membership of the 9F Club is at the discretion of the Bluebell Railway, whose decision is final.

Membership fees

  • Joining fee – £15.00pp (this covers the cost of the 9F Cap and badges)
  • Annual subscription – £15.00pp (payable each year during membership)

Please Note – For insurance purposes, to be a member of the 9F Club, you will also need to be a member of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society. You can find details on how to join at the top of this page.

If you would like to join, further information can be obtained by contacting the Membership Secretary using the contact form below.


Elephant Van

The Elephant Van was originally used to transport circus elephants has now been transformed into a bright red play carriage especially for our younger visitors. Bring the kids along and let them enjoy themselves in this safe environment, with fun activities which are ideal for children up to 7 years old.


Free Travel for Blue Peter Badge Holders!

The Bluebell Railway is one of over 200 attractions throughout the UK that Blue Peter badge holders can get into for free. At Bluebell Railway, Blue Peter badge holders with a valid badge card are eligible for free One Day Unlimited Travel.

To take advantage of this offer badge holders must be accompanied by a full paying or concessionary adult and a valid badge holders card must be shown at the time of purchase. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

Are you looking for a gift for a child who loves the Bluebell Railway?
We can now offer gift cards especially designed for our younger fans. They come in £5 denominations and can be spent at any of the Railway’s shops.