News and Events Page
This page keeps you up to date with news at the railway - for the enthusiast, and for those wanting to visit the railway. For details of scheduled forthcoming events please see our open days page.
You may also wish to check our Facebook page for the latest information.
Standard Gauge Weekend 29/30 July 2017
The railway will be hosting it's inaugural Standard Gauge Weekend with a gala of locos both regulars and a selection of visiting friends from around the country with their loco's. We're hoping to have around 10 visiting loco's, full details of the line-up will appear here shortly, you can also see our Facebook event
We will also be offering exclusive discounted multi-ride tickets for this event.
New building at Bentley East
Around Easter 2017, we will have in place a new, and more substantial building at our Bentley East Station. It will have a ticket office, and it will have a seating area for members of the public to sit and shelter from the rain or the sunshine. It will look something like this....
Christmas At Bentley 2016
Santa again visited Bentley in the run-up to Christmas this year with a pony accompanying visitors on the walk to the railway where a specially fitted out train with lights and decorations awaited, upon arrival at Glyndebourn Wood Santa's elves were ready to escort children and their families up to see Santa in his woodland Grotto before returning. Please note that this event is ticket only and often sells out so please get your tickets early.
The traditional curtain call for the summer season at Bentley is Woodfair and 2016 didn't disappoint with good weather on each of the 3 days and a high attendance. This was also the railway's first opportunity to test it's new signalling communication system linking the signaller at Bentley Central with Glyndebourne Wood Signal Box and I'm pleased to report this worked flawlessly
Into The Wild Festival
This new event for 2016 is the final festival of the year and saw a massive attendance of over 3,000 people most of whom camped within the grounds for the duration of the bank-holiday weekend. The railway was extremely busy as a result, we hope all the visitors enjoyed themselves.
Summer Holiday Running
As the East Sussex School Summer Holiday's are now upon us the railway will be running daily until September, please see our Running Days page for full detail, we will also be keeping our Facebook page up-to-date during the holidays
Beltane Fire Festival
A new event for 2016, the Beltane Fire Festival is a relatively small festival with music and events for it's festival-goer's bringing some life and colour to start the summer season here at Bentley. The team will also be back later in the year for the Into the Wild Gathering over the August bank-holiday weekend
For details of previous events, please see our archive.