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Bluebell Railway

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Founded in 1959 and still steaming! We run steam trains between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead on over 200 days each year, and are open even when no trains are running.
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Sheffield Park Station, Uckfield TN22 3QL, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our large multi generational party (Ages 2-87) really enjoyed the Santa Special on Sunday. Despite the train being almost full we were surprised at the efficiency of the loading and the smoothness of the experience. It was like a well oiled machine or engine! Would...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Took my children 20+ years ago and yesterday took my 2 year old grandson. It was a lovely day. Santa was most accommodating - more than happy to pose for photos. The present of a furry snake was well received. The station felt very festive...More

Date of experience: December 2018
3  Thank Sybil2932
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went on this a year ago as a Christmas gift from my daughter. We loved the experience then so booked again this year with my sister and husband. It was every bit as good as last year! Lovely journey down from EG which gets you...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Was really looking forward to this day out out with my 15 year old and 9 year daughters who love anything Christmassy. Unfortunately it’s not something I shall be doing again. Very expensive for just an avereage trip on a train. Santa looked like he...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Murphy151
Bluebell_Railway, Manager at Bluebell Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you for your comments, Murphy151, and for your recent visit to the Bluebell Railway. The overwhelming majority of our passengers enjoy their trip on our Santa Special train, and so we are naturally sorry to read of your disappointment. We constantly monitor our visitors'...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Fantastic the kids and adults loved every minute of the day. We sat in 3rd class and had our own booth, they came round with a warm mince pie for the adults and chocolate coins for the kids also drinks which you have to pay...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Natsy32
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I hate to leave a bad review as you could see all the lovely old gents at the station we’re makinf an effort but for Christmas I have to agree with other reviews that it lacked something . Whilst queuing for Santa imagine my horror...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Bluebell_Railway, Manager at Bluebell Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments, Road54166938330, and for your recent visit to the Bluebell Railway. We are sorry to read of your disappointment at our Santa Special train. Please be assured that we value all feedback, both positive and negative, from our visitors. Your comments...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our outing on the Bluebell Santa Special was not the magical experience we were hoping for, It is massively overpriced and lacked any atmosphere. It would have been nice to have Christmas music playing on the platforms with lots of Christmas lights but unfortunately not....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Bluebell_Railway, Manager at Bluebell Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for your comments, Global10682341664, and for your recent visit to the Bluebell Railway. We are sorry to read that your visit to our Santa Specials did not meet with your expectations. The ticket cost covers travel, as well as the costs associated with...More

Reviewed 8 November 2018

Visited the Bluebell Railway with our two granddaughters aged six and a half and three and a half at half term. Caught the train at East Grinstead to Sheffield Park. They loved the carriage which reminded them of the 'Hogwarts Express' from Harry Potter! At...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

Visited the Bluebell Railway over half-term with my two granddaughters aged 6 and 3. They loved the trip from East Grinstead especially the 'Harry Potter' (in their words) lookalike train carriage! They also loved the new 'Steam works' exhibition at Sheffield Park Station. Had something...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

We choose the bluebell railway as my son loved trains. We were so excited but the experience was absolutely horrible! We were cramped into a carriage despite buying 3 tickets they had over booked the carriage. I booked my son a boy ticket however he...More

Date of experience: December 2017
5  Thank Kpriisnk
Bluebell_Railway, Manager at Bluebell Railway, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

Thank you for your comments, Kpriinsk, and for your visit to the Bluebell Railway. It is unclear when you visited, as your review was posted eleven months after we last ran a Santa Special; our 2018 trains start again in just a few short weeks....More

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HaloLondon
6 August 2018|
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Response from robertfs2017 | Reviewed this property |
You can get on any station, East Grinstead if you use the DIY store car park there is a time limit otherwise use the local pay and display Sheffield Park has better parking including overflow in a field
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Chloefinan21
29 July 2018|
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Response from Bluebell_Railway | Property representative |
Hello Velmz If you are starting your journey at Horsted Keynes you will definitely need to print your voucher. For journeys starting at Sheffield Park or East Grinstead it is easier if you have a printed version available... More
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26 May 2018|
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Response from Bluebell_Railway | Property representative |
Our station at East Grinstead is about a mile from the centre of the town. The town itself has plenty of pubs and restaurants, as well as historic buildings. We have a buffet on site at East Grinstead, converted from an old... More
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