Open Days


There is a large grass field inside the raised railway track which is available to our visitors for relaxing, picnicking etc. Access to the field is via a footbridge which contains steps. Please note that there is no other way to get into the field except by the footbridge. There is also open space near the station and clubhouse tea rooms for sitting and relaxing, these areas are all on the flat and suitable for buggys and people with walking problems.

Please note some open days get really busy and queuing is necessary, but you can watch the trains whilst queuing.

food-hygiene-ratingHomemade refreshments are available from 14.00 - 17:30 hours in the main clubhouse where teas, coffees, fresh sandwiches and home made cakes along with soft drinks can be purchased. Seating is available inside the club room as well as outside adjacent to the railway. Ice creams and lollies are sold from the ice cream parlor which is located adjacent to the ticket office.

Parties held in the field
We are happy for you to hold your own party in the field which is located within the elevated railway. You must book your party with our Commercial Manager. Your party does not allow you to exclusive use of the the field, it has to be shared with our other visitors. Holding your party in the field does not attract any special privileges, therefore you have to join the queue for train rides as normal.

These tickets can be collected from 1.30 p.m. on the day from the Commerce Manager, and should be ordered at least 1 week in advance. Refunds cannot be given on Group Tickets that are not used. We cannot guarantee either the weather or how many rides you will get during the afternoon. but we hope you have a pleasant visit with us and the children enjoy themselves.

Parties in the Clubhouse
Sorry but we no longer hold any children's parties in the railway clubhouse

Charity Event
On a Sunday afternoon in the middle of June each year we welcome adults and children with special needs, their families and supporters to attend our railway. This free day is a relaxed affair that allows everybody who wishes to ride on the trains to do so. For example, passengers can stay on the trains as long as they wish, this is especially appreciated by those with mobility difficulties. Currently, several special needs organizations and groups attend, as well as numerous individual families.Some groups run their own stalls and tombolas during the afternoon to raise awareness and help their own fundraising. The aim of this day is for everyone to have a good day out.

We welcome applications from individuals and special needs organizations &/or groups for an invitation to attend the event. - Please use the 'Contact Us' links above and email - 'Hon Social Secretary' - Peter Pullen, or write to Peter at our headquarters - address details are in the 'Contact Us' links.

The Goods Shed

willowbank shop

There is a small shop 'The Goods Shed' selling toys and gifts for our visitors which is always open when the railway is operational. The children have taken over - only joking - but this picture of the shop was to good to miss!.

busBy Bus: K3
Kingston Surbiton Claygate Esher. Bus runs along Manor Road North, alight at Claygate Lane

trainBy Train:
Thames Ditton and Hinchley Wood stations are both about 15-20 minutes walk. Surbiton station which is the nearest main line station is 3 miles away. Use Bus K3 or taxi from Surbiton station.

See Contact-us page for address details and Maps.