Children's Section


Looking for something a little different for your little one’s birthday party?

Then why not bring your birthday boy or girl & their friends to celebrate at the Bluebell Railway!

Travel on the 3.45pm train from East Grinstead station to Kingscote. Once there the little ones can let off steam in our fabulous playground, whilst the adults can relax on our picnic benches. Return on the 4.30pm train to the Grinstead Buffet for a scrummy party tea!

Suitable for parties of up to 15 children.


Choice of either Hot or Cold party tea (choice required at time of booking).


£16.75 per Child (Birthday Child only £5.25)
£5.00 per accompanying Adult


Mon-Saturdays from 23rd July to 31st August; Saturdays in September up to (and including) 29th September.


Advance booking is essential. Please call 01825 720800 for further information and to make your booking.

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 by allowing young people aged 9 to 16 to take an active role in helping to run the Railway.

Members work in small groups under experienced adult supervision.

As a member of the 9F Club & Bluebell Railway Preservation Society you will be entitled to:

  • Make regular working visits to the Railway
  • Discounted train travel on the Bluebell Railway
  • Discounts on selected items in the Railway’s shop
  • 9F Club Cap, Badge, Handbook and Newsletters
  • Quarterly copies of “Bluebell News” Magazine
  • Become a safe and responsible working member of the Railway
  • The opportunity to progress to become a full working member at the age of 16 years

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.

To Join

Once you are a member of the Bluebell Railway Preservation Society, complete an application form and return it together with the joining fee,  a year’s annual subscription of (cheque total £30), along with a copy of your current Bluebell Railway Preservation Society Membership card to: 9F Club Membership Secretary, 60 The Fieldings, Southwater, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 9LZ.

Please Note – For reasons of Health & Safety we regret that the 9F Club 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.

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.