About the Kent & East Sussex Railway Mothers Day Special
The small town of Tenterden sits in the middle of a triangle formed by Maidstone, Hastings, and Folkstown in the southeast corner of England. David Frost or Sir David Paradine Frost (1939 - 2013), an English television host, media personality, journalist, comedian, and writer, was born in Tenterden. It is not known how he treated his mum, but you can stay in good graces with your mum by treating her to the Kent & East Sussex Railway Mother’s Day Special at the Tenterden Town Station.
Mum will dine in style on the Wealdon Pullman carriage that will take her back 80 or 90 years with service from attendants dressed in the attire of the day, creating an elegant atmosphere for which the Pullman name is famous.
The train will amble at a leisurely pace along the beautiful countryside of the Rother Valley. Mum will receive a complimentary aperitif, and if she is prone to imbibe a bit more, the attendants will provide full table service, or she can sneak off to the onboard bar to indulge herself. The choices include a Saturday evening full menu dinner or a Sunday lunch.
Kent & East Sussex Railway
The leaders of Tenterden were in no hurry for a railroad as the idea of a railway was born in 1850, but the first section of the Rother Valley railway to a station at Tenterden was not opened until 50 years later, the 2nd of April 1900. The train was never a financial success, but it managed to stay in operation until 1961 carrying freight and a few passengers. In 1973, the Kent & East Sussex Railway charitable organization took over and the restoration began.
Entry To The Event
The Kent & East Sussex Railway is made up of five stops that offer many combinations of routes, dinners, activities, and events. Mother’s Day is sure to sell out early so people are advised to consult with the railway to put together a package of fun for mum and the whole family. The best deal is an all-day travel card for £19.00 for adults, £13.00 for a child aged 3-15, £45.00 for a family pass and even your dog Fido can get on the train if he has saved £3.00 earned through begging or doing tricks. Upgrade to first-class for a bit more (£2.00 each or £6.50 for a family) but Fido won’t be able to join you in First Class.
Somewhere to Stay in Kent
There is ample lodging in Tenterden for overnight visitors with hotels and B&Bs in the £4,000 to £6,000 per night range. Lower price accommodations are plentiful within a few miles radius of the train station. Caravaners and RVers will find many parks and campsites in the vicinity.
Getting To Tenterden Town Station
Drivers coming for the Mother’s Day Special on the A229 from Maidstone will exit onto Common Road and head southeast to the A262 (Sissinghurst). Make a right turn onto Chapel Lane and a left onto Tenterden Road / Cranbrook Road. A left turn onto Rolvenden Road will lead to the town of Tenterden. Drivers coming from the east on the A2070 will head west on the B2067 and drive 10 miles into town. From Hastings head north on the A21 to the A28 and stay on the A28 into town. There is a bus service but check with the organisers to help you find the timetables from various locations.
Other Things To Do Around Tenterden
For some alternative activities near Tenterden, visit the Rye Castle / Ypres Tower located about 12 miles to the southeast. Smuggling was big business in Rye from the 13th to 19th century so maybe you will learn some new tricks. Nearby Leeds Castle is a must-see for those interested in characters like Henry VIII and one of his wives Catherine of Aragon, who used the palace before Anne Boleyn caught Henry’s eye.
★★ Wheelchair users are welcome, and there is even a specially designed coach called Petros perfect for those with mobility issues. Your dog is welcome in most places but check with organisers if the FAQ section does not answer your question. Enjoy the Mother’s Day ride and make sure she doesn’t make too many visits to the onboard bar. ★★
When is the next Kent & East Sussex Railway Mothers Day Special?
The Kent & East Sussex Railway Mothers Day Special is planned to take place at Tenterden Town Station, Station Road, Tenterden, Kent, TN30 6HE, Sunday 22nd March, 2020. This is a Train Event.
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