We discovered Spa Valley Railway in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, last year
We have visited the Spa Valley Railway a couple of times as a family since, once at Easter and again on the Santa Special at Christmas. Both times were magical in different ways. Our Easter visit was basking in Sunshine – we had lunch at the Huntsman and spotted the bunnies (our review is here). At Christmas we met Santa – and he is a really good Santa!
Spa Valley has a range of outings to suit families but they also have some just for adults like the brand new for 2020 Gin & Steam events:
Take the 16.15 train from Tunbridge Wells West and enjoy canapes and Gin cocktails on board a steam train.
This special service will run on the following dates: 16th May, 13th June, 18th July, 22nd August and 19th September 2020.
Arrive at Tunbridge Wells West for 16:00 and board the train ready to enjoy the first of your Gin Cocktails in the award-winning bar car ‘Kate’.
On reaching your table there will be a specially branded gin glass in which to enjoy your gin cocktails and also something to take home after the event. During the return journey everyone can enjoy two further cocktails at your table along with Fever Tree Indian Tonic Water. Canapés will also be served. Arrival back at Tunbridge Wells West will be at around 17:25.
Tickets for the Gin & Steam event cost £30 per person and includes:
- Train travel from Tunbridge Wells West to Eridge and return
- 3x individual 25ml Gins from the Anno Distillery in Kent, including their popular Kent Dry Gin, B3rry Pink Gin and Orange & Honey Gin!
- 1x 200ml Fever Tree Indian Tonic water
- A selection of 5 Canapés per person
- Access to Bar Car ‘Kate’ for purchase of additional Gin Cocktails or other alcoholic beverages
To book your ticket for the Gin and Steam event visit www.spavalleyrailway.com
Spa Valley Railway, West Station, Nevill Terrace, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 5QY.
You must be aged 18yrs or over to travel in our bar car during this experience and the event is not suitable for children.
The Stations along the line
The Spa Valley Railway is a short walk from the town’s historic Pantiles where Lord North discovered the Chalybeate Spring in 1606. It also became a favourite of visiting royalty after the visit in 1629 of Queen Henrietta Maria, wife of King Charles 1, who stayed in the Wells for six weeks. In 1909 King Edward VII officially recognised the popularity of the town with its many royal visitors, which included his mother, Queen Victoria, and granted the town its “Royal” prefix.
Groombridge is the railway’s principle intermediate station and passengers can see the restored Old Station Building.
High Rocks is the smallest and most picturesque station on the line, built from scratch and opened in 1998 following the closure of the original halt in the 1950s.
Eridge is a lovely old station first opened in 1868.