Special Events 2019


March 16th – 17th  Buy One, Get One Free Weekend

To raise the curtain on our new season, for every ticket you buy, you get another free (The lowest priced ticket will be the free one). Customers buying tickets on our website should buy one ticket and select the free option for their second one. A great family day out and a great price too!

April 6th – 14th  50th Anniversary Gala

It’s exactly 50 years since our line reopened to run steam trains and our gala is going to a big one with an array of visiting locomotives lined up, and a few surprises too. Keep an eye on the website for more details. This is an event not to be missed.

May 4th – 6th  Day Out With Thomas

Everybody’s favourite little blue engine is coming to visit us again with lots of his friends too. The Fat Controller will be in charge all day to make sure Thomas behaves and to look after all our visitors. You can book in advance here.

May 24th – 27th  Spring Beer Festival

Our bar at Staverton will be open with a fantastic range of real ales, ciders, craft beers and more. Meanwhile, there are trains all day, the Routemaster bus will be running up to Ashburton and much more.

June 14th – 16th  Ticket to Ride

Our fab 1960s event features live sixties music, fashion, cars from the era as well as 1960s steam and diesel trains. Come and enjoy the festival atmosphere. We’d love to see you in sixties fashions.

July 6th – 7th  South Devon 1940s Festival

Military vehicles, live 1940s music, vintage vehicles and steam trains. This event is a firm favourite and a day out to remember. Come in 1940s clothing and remember to bring your ration book.

July 19th – 21st  Summer Diesel Gala

We have a fleet of first generation British Railways diesels from the sixties. This weekend is a chance for them to be put through their paces. The bar at Staverton will be open too.

August 23rd – 26th  Rails & Ales

While trains run all day, the beer and cider festival will be in full swing at Staverton. A great bank holiday treat!

September 7th – 8th  Heritage Open Days and Behind the Scenes

Heritage Open Days is a national event encompassing a huge range of heritage events and attractions. Here at the SDR, it’s an opportunity to learn about how we run the railway, see around our workshops and go behind the scenes all over the line.

September 28th – 29th  Models & Miniatures

A fantastic event where we bring together fantastic scale models trains, boats, planes, cars and lots more. Model engineering at its finest and a fabulous day out for all ages.

October 19th – 21st  Day Out With Thomas

Everybody’s favourite little blue engine is coming to visit us for the second time this year with lots of his friends too. The Fat Controller will be in charge all day to make sure Thomas behaves and to look after all our visitors. You can book in advance here.

November 2nd – 3rd  Buy One, Get One Free Weekend

To lower the curtain on our season, for every ticket you buy, you get another free (The lowest priced ticket will be the free one). A great end of season family day out and a great price too!

December 12th -13th  Carols Down The Line

Enjoy a festive train trip, full of joyous carols, with a complimentary tea or coffee and a mince pie before departure. The Exeter Railway Band will be leading the carol singing as usual.

December 7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 18th to 24th  Santa-by-Steam

Come and see Santa in his special, unique Grotto on the train, with singing, magic, festive cheer and a present for all the children. Pre-booking essential, please.

December 27th – January 1st  Mince Pie Specials

Enjoy a mince pie as you watch the winter countryside of the Dart valley gently glide past your window from the warmth and comfort of one of our steam trains.

For events when it is essential to book, click on the icon below. Alternatively, you can contact us. To book a Day Out With Thomas ®, click here.

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