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What’s on at the Bluebell Railway in 2018?

Lots of fantastic events for all the family to enjoy! Some familiar favourites, and some new events for 2018, there’s something for everyone!


17th – 18th March – Steaming Towards 60 – a celebration of the origins of the Bluebell Railway

23rd – 25th March – Diesel Gala 2018 – come and see 3 visiting locos that have never been to the Bluebell before

30th March – 2nd April – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party – a “mad” tea party, children’s games & small animal farm

16th April – 17th May (selected dates only) – Bluebell Specials – see Spring in the Sussex Weald

25th April – Sussex Belle – enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch aboard one of our 1st class dining carriages

28th April – Toy and Collectors’ Fair – a cornucopia of railwayana and collectables at Horsted Keynes station

13th May – Southern Classic Car Show – visit Horsted Keynes station for a feast of classic cars.

18th – 20th May – Branch Line Weekend – lots of fun with Bluebell Railway’s small locos and a special visiting loco

25th – 29th May  – Visit of 60163 ‘Tornado’ – travel behind “Tornado”, enjoy a Teddy Bears’ picnic & see Paddington™ 

16th June – Trackfest – an afternoon of music with great bands including ‘Modern Romance’ and ‘The Jive Aces’ CANCELLED

23rd – 24th June- Model Railway Weekend – model railway layouts around the railway

30th June – Track Trek – evening sponsored walk along the railway line

28th July – Toy and Collectors’ Fair – a 2nd chance to enjoy railwayana and collectables at Horsted Keynes station

18th July – Sussex Belle – enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch aboard one of our 1st class dining carriages

11th – 12th August – Steam through the Ages – Travel through 100 years of history in one day

8th – 9th September – Shareholder’s Weekend

8th – 9th September – Beat the ‘Back to School Blues’ Weekend – Kids for a Quid all weekend

19th September – Sussex Belle – enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch aboard one of our 1st class dining carriages

28th September – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning – in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support

7th October – Vintage Bus Running Day – Enjoy a trip on a vintage bus!

2nd – 4th, 9th – 11th, 16th – 18th October  – Autumn Tints – See the High Weald in all its glorious Autumn colour

12th – 14th October – ‘Giants of Steam’ Autumn Gala – Return of the Giants.

20th & 21st October – ‘SteamWorks! Family Festival – a special event to celebrate the opening of our new innovate, interactive exhibition

24th – 28th October – Hallowe’en Scream Train – bring the children for a spooktacular steam ride!

29th – 31st October – Halloween Experience: Dystopia Station –  A perfectly preserved attraction that will steam you into dystopia…

3rd November – Footplate Extra! – a rare and exciting experience to drive and fire one of our larger engines!

1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd December – Golden Arrow Christmas Dinner trains.

1st, 2nd, 8th, 9th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd December – Santa Specials – a Christmas visit to the Bluebell Railway is a magical experience!

3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th, 12th December – Festive Feast – nostalgic Christmas train ride & delicious Christmas Lunch

21st December – A Horsted Christmas – A Victorian Christmas at Horsted Keynes with Santa and his reindeer

24th December – ‘Twas the train before Christmas Santa Special – A magical Christmas Eve Santa Special with a special Christmas Eve box for the children

3rd, 4th, 5th, 10th, 11th & 12th December – Festive Feast – Enjoy a train ride and Christmas Lunch with all the trimmings

31st December – Golden Arrow New Year’s Eve Gala Dinner – Steam into the New Year!



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