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Kids Go Free is back for Summer!


2nd July 2024

‘Kids Go FREE' offer returns for July and August 2024

Summer has finally arrived and with it the countdown to the school holidays. It's therefore time to start looking for ideas for fun days out that won't break the bank.

With this in mind, the award-winning Kent and East Sussex Railway are once again running their ‘Kids Go FREE' offer* during both July and August.


Any child aged under 16 can travel for free with any fare-paying adult* on the popular heritage railway, which takes passengers back in time to the age of steam through 10.5 miles of beautiful Wealden countryside. Theticket allows unlimited trips up and down the line throughout the day of travel.

There are also plenty of free and cost-saving ways to add to a day's adventure on the K&ESR:

  • Check the additional activities that might be happening on your day of travel e.g. Teddy Bears picnic, I-Spy challenges or treasure hunts, most of which will be included in your ticket

  • At Tenterden Town station, learn about the history of the light railway with free entry to the Colonel Stephens Museum and take a look around the model railway room (also free)

  • Find out about Kent's centuries old hop picking tradition at Bodiam Station which has its own hop garden and original hop pickers hut
  • Passengers can get a discount for entry to nearby Bodiam Castle (it's just a short walk from the station) by showing their same day ticket
  • Use the nature posters on the carriage tables and free A4 nature ID sheets to spot and record wildlife from the train. The railway forms a unique and remarkable nature corridor, a home for a wealth of wildlife including many endangered species such as Turtle Doves, Nightingales and Cuckoos, as well as many waterbirds
  • Explore the Wealden landscape more closely by breaking your journey to follow one of the downloadable walking guides on the K&ESR website

Discounted Adult and Family tickets can be booked online up until midnight the day before travel. On the day tickets are also available from the booking offices at both Tenterden and Bodiam. 

* Terms and conditions apply - please see the website for




For further information please contact:

Alison Miles, Press Officer, K&ESR 07900 691116 

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About the Kent & East Sussex Railway:The Kent & East Sussex Railway is a renowned heritage railway based in Tenterden, Kent, UK and operates as an educational charity. Built by Holman F Stephens, it was the first light passenger railway in Britain in the early 20thcentury and is today one of Britain's most loved and original heritage lines which celebrates the 50thanniversary of reopening in 2024. With a rich history spanning over 120 years, the K&ESR offers visitors an authentic steam and diesel-powered railway experience through 10½ miles of Wealden countryside in the beautiful Rother Valley, a designated National Landscape (formerly known as Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). Staffed almost entirely by volunteers, the railway prides itself on preserving railway heritage, operating a diverse range of locomotives, and providing a unique glimpse into the golden age of rail travel.