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Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway Limited

Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
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About Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway Limited
Heritage industrial, narrow gauge railway (2ft 6in between rails) linking the former paper mill site in Sittingbourne to the active paper mill at Kemsley Down. Almost all locomotives and coaches are original to the Railway, which has been operating since 1905. 2020 is the 50th Anniversary of public trains. Your journey starts at Sittingbourne Viaduct station, at the top of an embankment which is currently only accessible by climbing some metal stairs. The station is where the railway used to enter the long-demolished paper mill. Trains travel over the century-old reinforced concrete viaduct to Milton Creek Country Park, where it passes through the freshwater and saltwater marshes to arrive at Kemsley Down station within the paper mill. The journey takes about 15 minutes. Kemsley Down is our main base where the Footplate Cafe, shop, museum, picnic areas and gardens can be found. Due to COVID-19 a special timetable will operate from Wednesday 5th August 2020.
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GoPlaces11232325033 wrote a review Oct 2020
19 contributions2 helpful votes
This was a lovely afternoon out for the whole family. My son loved the ride and seeing all the engines. Everything has been done to make people safe and everyone is very friendly. We're looking forward to going back.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Wiz Liz wrote a review Dec 2019
Gillingham, United Kingdom8 contributions2 helpful votes
My son , mother in-law and sister in-law all went to this special. Everyone had such a lovely time it was everyone's first Christmas special with santa. My son was nervous at first but warned up quickly. We all loved Santa and his wife, he looked so real, My son didn't leave saying that wasn't santa was it. Like he did at my local play group. The staff were fantastic. So welcoming to everyone. My mother and sister had never been before, they are planning their next visit, when it is running in the better weather, as they are looking forward to bringing a big picnic. The drizzle could not dampen the joy all the children experience today and it was full of truly wonderful moments, great memories made here. Great value for money. A real bargain. We all were ment to be at another stream train santa special elsewhere but we ditched that for this place. So glad we did. A little cute hidden Jen. Great for all ages we would all recommend it to anyone. We are all big kids. Very happy and tired three year old, mother and sister in-law. Little one is Sleeping hugging his new train.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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RozzaP wrote a review Dec 2019
Waltham Abbey, United Kingdom11 contributions5 helpful votes
Really poor value for money. Tiny little wooden hut, stuck there for 1.25 hours with nothing to do in a mud filled smelly yard. I appreciate the history of the railway but as a santa experience this was very overpriced £13.50 for an adult? Granddaughters present was fine for the money but Santa experience not so good. Very bored waiting for the train back. Definitely a one off, never again.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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trolleydolly2016 wrote a review Dec 2019
Wiltshire, United Kingdom22 contributions24 helpful votes
Went to visit Santa in his grotto at Sittingbourne and Kemsley light railway station. Took a while to find the train station as not very well advertised or sign posted, however once there the staff were very helpful indeed. Lovely experience on the steam train, however the views were not brilliant, but the experience on the train was great. Lovely day out for the children and very good Christmas gifts for the children to choose from too. Looking forward to returning next year.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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LinT wrote a review Nov 2019
Sittingbourne, United Kingdom82 contributions30 helpful votes
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I have been on this fun train ride with all of my grandchildren over the years. At the end is a café with reasonable prices, and outside that there are little toys for the children to ride on. It's right by the river, so lovely views from here, and ideal for picnics. The station staff are very enthusiastic and pleasant. There is also a steam and ale day during the summer with live bands, more suitable for adults (after a crafty pint or two!), but children are allowed. There are other themed days also. I can recommend this attraction but only if weather is fine.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Response from Stopem, Public Relations Manager at Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway Limited
Responded Dec 3, 2019
Thank you for your review. We’re glad you found our volunteers friendly and enthusiastic.
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