There’s nothing quite like a nostalgic train journey as you’re whisked through some of the country’s most exquisite rolling countryside, past picturesque villages, wooded valleys, farmland and sleepy unseen corners to evoke memories of a bygone age. And it’s not just a day out for railway enthusiasts; our day trips cover beautiful parts of the UK and many are combined with relaxing attractions, or lunch and cream tea. Take your pick from traversing through the heart of Hampshire, through one of England’s finest landscapes – the High Weald, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or to the quaint Cotswolds scenery…
Mid Hants Railway (Watercress Line) including Ploughman’s Lunch and Jane Austen’s House Museum, Hampshire – Thursday 8th June
Includes a 90-minute steam train journey through the heart of Hampshire from Alresford to Alton and return where a cheese ploughman’s lunch will be served on board. You will then travel by coach and visit the 17th century house where Jane Austen lived from 1809 to 1871; 2017 marks the 200th anniversary of her death. Here she wrote and revised her 6 novels, including Pride and Prejudice and Emma.
Borde Hill Garden and The Bluebell Railway – Tuesday 4 July
Take a ride on the Bluebell Railway from East Grinstead and return and experience the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Steaming through the countryside you will see wooded valleys, streams and rivers, and meadows with wild flowers. In the afternoon we will visit Borde Hill Garden in Haywards Heath, renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, offering an enjoyable day out for horticultural enthusiasts. The Edwardian Garden was created by Colonel Stephenson Robert Clarke in the early 1900s, and today is still lovingly cared for and continues to be developed by generations of the same family. The garden is home to a series of intimate and enchanting ‘garden rooms’, with the Green Tree Gallery, plant sales and gift shop. A late lunch can be taken in the café or tea room on site (pay on an individual basis on the day), or you may take a picnic if you prefer.
VIP Day Out – Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway including Lunch and Cream Tea – Thursday 17th August
Includes a two-course lunch served in the main restaurant of the 4-star White Hart in Stow on the Wold, the highest town in the Cotswolds and home to numerous antique shops. This will consist of roast chicken supreme, spring onion mash, green beans and tarragon sauce, followed by sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and vanilla bean ice cream. Travel from Toddington via Winchcombe, Rotherington to Cheltenham Race Course and return on board a steam hauled train. This preserved steam and diesel heritage railway built in 1900-1906 passes by some of the most beautiful scenery and sleepy villages of the Cotswolds. Before departing for home a Cream Tea, consisting of a scone with jam and cream, tea or coffee will be served at The Flag & Whistle Café at Toddington.
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