Bluebell Railway's 60 plus 1!

Join us for 60 + 1!

Bluebell Railway turned 60 years old in 2020, so come and join us for our belated diamond anniversary event from 6 – 8 August 2021.

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We couldn’t hold the planned celebrations in 2020 because of the restrictions placed on us due to the pandemic. However, we couldn’t let this milestone go by without celebrating properly, so it’s back in the diary for 2021 albeit one year late!

This year, we will mark the occasion with a 3-day long weekend of festivities that will appeal to enthusiasts, members, volunteers and the whole family.

Help celebrate our volunteer (and paid staff!) achievements from over the last 60 years with a packed weekend of displays, activities, music, festivities and, of course, steam engines.

Ever wondered how a heritage railway works? Meet the volunteers and get special behind the scenes guided tours of our workshops and other staff only areas!

Let us transport you back in time to the golden age of steam as the Railway presents 60 years of Bluebell. Experience intensive steam hauled passenger services along the line and activities at Sheffield Park, Kingscote, East Grinstead and at Horsted Keynes Station.

All our stations will be open for this event and a busy timetable will be running. Why not travel up and down the line, hop on and off at any of our stations, and enjoy all the Bluebell Railway has to offer!

There is plenty of free parking at Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes stations. Public Pay and Display parking is available near to East Grinstead Station. We regret there is no parking at Kingscote Station.

Festival feeling

Looking for that festival atmosphere? Head to Horsted Keynes Station and visit our events field to enjoy good food and live bands playing classics from across the last six decades. On Saturday we have steam services late into the evening and entertainment from local bands.

Exclusive access will be available each day to restricted areas across the railway including our carriage and wagon sheds, locomotive works and running sheds with guided tours throughout the weekend. Kids Kingdom will provide fun and games suitable for all ages. For the big kids, brake van rides and diesel driving taster experiences should appeal!

To top-off the weekend festivities, on Sunday afternoon we are planning a locomotive cavalcade of all our working engines.

Food and drink will be available to purchase on both days at Sheffield Park Station (Bessemer Arms and platform kiosk), Horsted Keynes Station (George V Buffet, and there will be an Ice Cream Van, Hog Roast, and Shepherd’s Hut), Kingscote Station (Well House for drinks, snacks and ice-cream), and East Grinstead Station (Grinsteade Buffet).

All event areas will be open until 9pm or until the last train departs from that Station.

This will be a celebration of six decades of what Bluebell Railway does best!

Prices:

Please note event admission tickets are only available on the day

Advance On the Day
Event with Travel – One Day Adult £25.00 £28.00
Child £12.50 £14.00
Carer Free Free
BRPS Member Adult £12.50 £14.00
BRPS Member Child £6.25 £7.00
Event Admission Only – One Day Sheffield Park Station Adult n/a £5.00
Sheffield Park Station Child n/a £3.00
Sheffield Park Station BRPS Member n/a Free
Horsted Keynes Station Adult n/a £15.00
Horsted Keynes Station Child n/a £7.50
Horsted Keynes Station BRPS Member n/a Free
Kingscote Station Adult n/a £2.00
Kingscote Station Child n/a £1.00
Kingscote Station BRPS Member n/a Free
East Grinstead Station Adult n/a £2.00
East Grinstead Station Child n/a £1.00
East Grinstead Station BRPS Member n/a Free