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East Kent Railway

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East Kent Railway
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“meet santa”(4 reviews)
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The East Kent Railway is run solely by volunteers to preserve the last remaining part of the Kent Coalfields trains currently run from Shepherdswell to Eythorne (a round trip of 4 miles). On some special event days trains will also run on the...more
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Station Road, Shepherdswell CT15 7PD, England
+44 1304 832042
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Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Visited on easter Saturday and I must say we had a fantastic time. The volunteers did an amazing jobmak8ng sure everything ran smoothly. There has also been a lot of improvements to the site since we last visited. Our boys enjoyed the easter hunt at...More

1  Thank David F
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We had a fantastic time at the EKR Easter event, which was offering rides for £1.  Amazing value and loads to do. We bought our tickets as soon as we arrived and were told we would be able to go on the 12 pm train...More

1  Thank Rmummy
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We visited today for their £1 event. I've passed many times but thought we would visit as my 2 1/2 year old loves trains. I was absolutely shocked how much was was going on and how busy it was at both stations. An absolutely great...More

1  Thank Bishenden
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

What a gem of a place! Visited on Easter bank holiday weekend when a special event was on which added to the entertainment, but there is plenty to do there without this. The ride on the old trains are good value, and there are a...More

3  Thank JSI3
Reviewed 14 April 2017

We were really looking forward to our day here but was very disappointed as we waited for almost half an hour and were no where near getting on a train. Pre-booked tickets filled both trains which came and went even though the website said booking...More

1  Thank Sarah W
Matthew P, General Manager at East Kent Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2017

Thanks for your review. We take all comments into consideration. I would like to say that there was no prebooking in advance for this event, it was a case of queuing for tickets and being allocated a time to come back for a train. The...More

Reviewed 5 March 2017

Visited here today. What a lovely little gem of a place. Please visit. A lovely site with interesting walks, super trains to look at and a wonderful cafe. The site is open fully the beginning of April. Go and take a look, it will not...More

2  Thank Julie E
Matthew P, General Manager at East Kent Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 15 April 2017

Thanks for your review - every review good or bad is important to us! We look forward to welcoming you again soon!

Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

This is the best Santa train in Kent!!! Everyone is so friendly and my boys aged 4 and 5 thought it was amazing. We love santa's reindeer dog and the new train carriage is decorated perfectly.This is our second time on the Xmas train and...More

2  Thank Emma S
Reviewed 25 December 2016

Our second year on the Santa Train with our children (8 & 5). Brilliant and fantastic hosts - thank you. Better than the other Santa trains in Kent.

2  Thank heidicolemankent
Reviewed 20 December 2016

It is advisable to book this attraction in advance as it is fantastic value and is often sold out. When you book online you can tell theM how many adults and how many children and leave requests on he booking form. I did this and...More

1  Thank Tricia F
Callum L, Manager at East Kent Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

Thanks for your kind words Tricia, we always try our hardest to give the best day out possible for all our passengers and your review really does help us. I am glad you enjoyed your day with us and we look forward to welcoming you...More

Reviewed 5 December 2016

We took our two grandchildren, aged 4 and 2, on the Santa Special today. Absolutely fantastic, the event was keenly priced, well organised, the train was very well decorated, with drinks and sweets for the children, and mince pie, and sherry or tea/coffee for the...More

1  Thank sharonk60
Callum L, Manager at East Kent Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 21 December 2016

Hi Sharon, Thank you for your kinds words, we are glad you enjoyed your visit. We take everything you say onboard to further better the experience for you and others in the future so your review does help us. We look forward to welcoming you...More

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19 November 2017|
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Response from Matthew P | Property representative |
Hello. It’s best to book online on our website. Our Santa Specials are our busiest and most popular days - please check before you travel if you haven’t prebooked.
19 November 2017|
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Response from leetip | Reviewed this property |
Best to look on the website or telephone next weekend. I think it gets booked early so now would be a good time to try.
26 September 2015|
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Response from Callum L | Property representative |
Yes,Dogs are more than welcome to travel with us on our services, although we do ask that they are kept on their leads. Callum Laing Events & Marketing Manager East Kent Railway Trust