The Lavender Line
Isfield Station
Nr Uckfield
East Sussex
TN22 5XB

Lavender Line News

9th Feb 2016 -

Lavender Line Special Events 2016

Throughout the year the Lavender Line has a number of special events for all age groups from Easter bunny hunt specials to the mighty Gala weekends where we aim to have an event fit for everyone. Although we advertise our main events at the start of the calendar year, we do add extra events throughout the year which will be placed in our special events page and Facebook page as and when they are confirmed

February Half Term Specials- Tuesday 16th And Thursday 18th February

If your stuck for things to do during the February school half term why not take a visit to the Lavender Line and enjoy a day out behind one of our heritage diesels as we offer the perfect day out to entertain the kids! Take advantage of this amazing day out and enjoy one of East Sussex’s hidden gems.

First train departs Isfield at 11.00 and Worth halt at 11.15

Last train departs Isfield at 16.00 and Worth halt at 16.15

Cinders buffet located on Platform 1 is open from 9.00 with hot and cold food being served throughout the day

Special half term bargain prices

Tickets just £5.00 for Adults and £1.00 for Children

Mother’s Day Special - Sunday 6th March

This is one event Mums don’t want to miss! On Mothering Sunday we are offering the chance for any mum with a full paying child to enjoy a day of unlimited train rides with the family as Mums go free with any full paying child! There will be plenty of steam action throughout the day with Empress taking the charge of the day’s service hauling trains from 10.30 until 16.00.

Why not treat mum with a footplate taster, for just £5.00 you can ride the footplate on the steam engine with the driver and fireman for one round trip and experience what the slights and sounds are for the men driving the steam engine, a great experience for both families and enthusiasts.

First train departs Isfield at 11.00 and Worth halt at 11.15

Last train departs Isfield at 16.00 and Worth halt at 16.15

Cinders buffet located on Platform 1 is open from 8.30 with hot and cold food being served throughout the day

Normal prices apply

Good Friday Easter Special- Good Friday 25th March

Join us for the perfect way to kick off the Easter Weekend as we host our Good Friday specials. One of our heritage Diesel’s is booked for this event with the crews ready to welcome you aboard. There is also the chance to explore inside the Diesel’s cab once arrived at Worth halt, something quite different. With the days still crisp from winter there is no better way to enjoy the Sussex countryside than travelling in a Brake van with an open fire. Our Cinders Buffet will be open from 8.30am serving breakfasts with trains running a standard half hour timetable from 11.00am to 16.00 on the hour and half hour.

More details will be announced closer to the event

First train departs Isfield at 11.00 and Worth halt at 11.15

Last train departs Isfield at 16.00 and Worth halt at 16.15

Cinders buffet located on Platform 1 is open from 8.30 with hot and cold food being served throughout the day

Normal prices apply

Easter Sunday With Pick Up Goods Train And Bunny Hunt

2 Train service - Sunday 27th March

This event is a true family day out. With our resident steam engine ‘Empress’ in action both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday there will be plenty to see and do around the railway from steam train rides to Worth halt and Easter Bunny hunt where for just £1.00 per child you can hunt the Easter bunnies and win a prize at the end!

Easter Sunday will also see resident Diesel shunter Class 09 09025 taking charge of a special Easter pick up goods train which will operate between the main steam service. This will be operating from platform 2 with brake van rides available in the Toad brake van at no extra cost.

The railways resident steam roller ‘Roll on’ will be in steam on Easter Sunday giving footplate rides and rolling demonstrations along the railways car park, something you don’t see everyday! Steam roller rides are just £1.00 for a full length trip of the railway’s car park.

On Easter Sunday there will be face painting available for just £1.00 from either the Cinders Buffet or Party coach between 11.00 and 14.00.

Why not take advantage of the spring season and enjoy a great day out in the rural mists of Sussex, enjoy a full English breakfast in our Cinder Buffet, take a steam train ride to Worth Halt and take advantage of a day out in and around an unspoilt area of the weald.

More details will be announced closer to the event

First train departs Isfield at 10.30 and Worth halt at 10.45

Last train departs Isfield at 16.30 and Worth halt at 16.45

Cinders buffet located on Platform 1 is open from 8.30 with hot and cold food being served throughout the day

Normal prices apply

Easter Monday With Steam And DEMU Thumper Specials

2 Train service -Monday 28th March

This event is a true family day out. With our resident steam engine ‘Empress’ in action both Easter Sunday and Easter Monday there will be plenty to see and do around the railway from steam train rides to Worth halt and Easter Bunny hunt where for just £1.00 per child you can hunt the Easter bunnies and win a prize at the end!

Easter Monday will see the railway’s beautifully restored DEMU Thumper unit 1133 join in the fun as she shares the days services with resident steam engine ‘Empress’. 1133 will be operating in-between the steam services from platform 2 at no extra cost.

Why not take advantage of the spring season and enjoy a great day out in the rural mists of Sussex, enjoy a full English breakfast in our Cinder Buffet, take a steam train ride to Worth Halt and take advantage of a day out in and around an unspoilt area of the weald.

More details will be announced closer to the event

First train departs Isfield at 10.30 and Worth halt at 10.45

Last train departs Isfield at 16.30 and Worth halt at 16.45

Cinders buffet located on Platform 1 is open from 8.30 with hot and cold food being served throughout the day

Normal prices apply

Father’s Day Specials - Sunday 19th June

Similar to our Mothers day event this is a day out that will surely bring a smile to Dads face. All dads with a full paying child get in for free including unlimited trains rides and full site access. Why not treat dad to a footplate taster, for just £5.00 you can travel on the footplate with the driver and fireman whilst soaking up the atmosphere of a working steam engine.

Empress will be in steam for Fathers day providing trains rides to Worth halt. If you’re feeling really adventurous why not explore Worth woods at the end of the line and work up an appetite for the Cinders buffet.

First train departs Isfield at 11.00 and Worth halt at 11.15

Last train departs Isfield at 16.30 and Worth halt at 16.45

Trains depart Isfield on the hour and half hour from platform 2

Cinders buffet located on Platform 1 is open from 8.30 with hot and cold food being served throughout the day

Normal prices apply

Diesel Gala* Back For 2016

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July

Back by popular demand for 2016. The Lavender Line will be hosting it’s ever popular Diesel for the first time in 2 years. This fantastic event is most definitely one for the enthusiast. With all available Diesel’s from the railway’s home fleet in action you can be sure of an action packed day.

Highlights of the Diesel Gala-

• Up to 4 Diesel loco’s and Thumper DEMU 1133 in action

• Parallel departures

• 3 train service

• Brake van rides

• Riley’s miniature railway hosting a selection of Diesel based loco’s

• Real ales available from the Buffet car *New for 2016

Why not come pay a visit on what could be our biggest Diesel Gala yet, with the opportunity to ride behind a feast of Diesel loco’s plus the chance to ride on the beautifully turned out DEMU Thumper 1133.

More details and pricing information will be available 6 weeks before the event

Summer Holiday Specials

Dates- Every Tuesday and Thursday in August

If you’re stuck for things to do during the long summer holidays why not take a visit to the Lavender Line and enjoy a day out behind one of our heritage diesels as we offer the perfect day out to entertain the kids! Take advantage of this amazing day out and enjoy one of East Sussex’s hidden gems.

First train departs Isfield at 11.00 and Worth halt at 11.15

Last train departs Isfield at 16.00 and Worth halt at 16.15

Cinders buffet located on Platform 1 is open from 9.00 with hot and cold food being served throughout the day

Special bargain prices

Just £5.00 for Adults and £1.00 for Children

Jaguar Day * New For 2016 - Sunday 4th September

Join us for a brand new event in 2016. We are very excited to announce that we will be hosting a Jaguar car day at the Lavender Line in association with the Jaguar owners club.

We will be welcoming up to 150 Jaguar cars throughout the day as we play host to one of the largest gatherings of Jag’s in the country. From E types to F types, Mark 1’s to XJS’s, there will be something for everyone. If an iconic British car manufacturer is your kind of thing then this event is right up your street! The day itself will consist of Jaguar cars coming and going as they arrive and depart for a road run which has been organised by the Jaguar owners club.

This event will be taking place in the railway’s neighbouring field behind the Laughing Fish pub with public car parking being held in the railway’s normal visitors car park located on site.

Resident steam engine Empress will be in service providing steam train rides throughout the day with Diesel hauled brake van rides taking place from platform 1 to the overhead bridge.

Normal steam prices apply

First train departs Isfield at 10.30 and Worth halt at 10.45

Train run on the hour and half hour

Final train departs Isfield at 16.30 and Worth halt at 16.45

Cinders Buffet will be open from 8.30 for breakfasts with hot/cold refreshments served throughout the day

More details to be announced 6 weeks before the event

Lavender Line Gala Weekend - Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd October

Our biggest Gala weekend of the year and one you don’t want to miss!!

Last years October Gala saw a record number of visiting vintage vehicles, including 17 steam engines, 45 classic cars, 7 commercial vehicles and a steam bus!

We plan to make 2016 even bigger! With the success and feedback of 2015, we plan to make this year’s event one to remember. We will also have a new dedicated open arena section in the neighbouring field which will allow you to get up close and personal with the steam engines as the puff around the field with some great photographic opportunities.

More information on our Annual Gala weekend will be available closer to the time as well timetable details, locomotive movements and what’s happening over the weekend.

• Intensive timetables

• Steam engines

• Diesel locos

• DEMU Thumper unit 1133

• Visiting Vintage vehicles including, classic cars, traction engines, steam rollers, buses and lorries

• Saw bench demonstrations

• Special prices apply

• Steam bus rides *TBC

• Real ale beer tent

Keep an eye out on the website and the Lavender Lines Locomotive Facebook page for more information on this cracking event.

This event focuses on all members of the family, whether it’s classic cars or vintage trains, steam rollers or woodland walks, there is something for everyone at our Gala weekend.

If you wish to enter a vintage vehicle in our October Gala, keep an eye out on our website and Facebook page in April when our entry forms will be released.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to our 2016 October Gala weekend

Saturday 29th October - Lavender Line Halloween Fright Night

We are very excited to announce that the Lavender Lines Halloween Fright Night is back for 2016 and is set to be spookier than ever!

On the evening of Saturday 29th October Isfield station will be transformed as we set the scene for Halloween, expect plenty of surprises, lots frights and a creepy Victorian station where a ghost train will await you. The creepy train will be your transport as you make your way to Worth halt giving you a spooky journey with surprises along the way.

Around Isfield station there will be Halloween themed music, face painting, goodie bags, hot and cold snacks plus lots more!

Why not join us for this very special evening where the setting of a Victorian station sets the spooky scene, ride the ghost train through the darkness and listen to the creepy ghost stories, this is one Halloween event you don’t want to miss!

This year is set to be better than ever with spooky plots and creepy settings, check out the website and Facebook page for more information closer to the event.

Steam roller Roll on will be in steam helping to provide that extra spooky atmosphere as she simmers in steam throughout the evening.

More details to be announced in September

Lavender Line Santa Specials 2016

Our ever popular Santa specials are back for 2016 and better than ever! This year we will be introducing our new time slot waiting system which will help minimise the wait to see Santa.

Each child receives at gift personally given by Santa whilst all paying adults receive a fresh mince pie from our Cinders Buffet.

More information including prices and timetable details will be released in August 2016.

Details to follow in August