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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.

October 2018

New running dates announced

Following changes within the Bentley Estate, we are now pleased to confirm we will be running trains every weekend from 27th October to Christmas 2018.
A new temporary station entrance will be available at Bentley Central for use while the Park is closed, and train rides may be enjoyed around the full mile circuit. Why not stop off at Glyndebourne Wood Junction, and visit Branching Out Adventures.
Please note, during this time, our Bentley East station will be closed, and you will not be able to join, or alight from the train here.

Running Dates

September 2018

Bentley East Station

Construction and groundworks at Bentley East have recently been completed to provide this new 2 track station with ticket office. The station will be open at weekends subject to staff availability.

Bentley East Station Building


August 2018

August Bank-Holiday Miniature Steam Weekend


July 2018

Standard Gauge Weekend 21/22 July 2018

The line-up for this coming weekend's standard gauge event is taking shape with a line-up to include the below (subject to availability on the day).

Black 5
Toby Tram
Class 66

We're hopful that we may have 2 Britannia class loco's running on Sunday which will be a first for the railway.


June 2018

Standard Gauge Weekend 21/22 July 2018

Following on from the, somewhat weather affected, success of our 2017 Standard Gauge weekend, the railway will again be hosting a Standard Gauge weekend in 2018 with a selection of visiting locomotives for the weekend. More details will be posted on our Facebook event nearer the weekend.


July 2017

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....



December 2016

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.

September 2016

Woodfair 2016

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

August 2016

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.

July 2016

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

April 2016

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.

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