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Summer Ploughman’s Special..... “lettuce” take care of the food!


Table for 2 - £60.00   |   Table for 3 - £90.00   |   Table for 4 - £120.00

(£30.00 per person)

There’s nothing better on a Summer day than a delicious Ploughman’s lunch… except enjoying it in comfort and style in a comfortable vintage railway dining carriage. Wind your way through beautiful Sussex countryside skirting the Ashdown Forest, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Your train leaves Sheffield Park Station for a one and three-quarter hour journey through the Sussex countryside to East Grinstead and back. During the journey the train will stop at both Kingscote and East Grinstead stations. Why not take at break at Kingscote to stretch your legs, visit the open-air exhibits, allow the children to let off some steam in the playground and enjoy a treat from the Well-House Kiosk? Then hop back on the train as it returns from East Grinstead ready to take you back to Sheffield Park. If you chose to stay on the trains all the way to East Grinstead, you are welcome to briefly get off the train and watch the engine 'run around' the train (uncouple from one end and re-join at the other).

Tickets are sold by table (tables for 2, 3 and 4 are available) and include your journey and choice of picnic box.

You can choose between a Ploughman's or a Cream Tea box (gluten free options are also available).

  • The Ploughman's Lunch Box includes a savoury roll, chutney, salad, butter, and salad cream.
  • The Cream Tea Box includes a savoury roll, assortment of cakes & pastries, scones with clotted cream and jam

Tea and coffee will be served on the train and are included in the price of your ticket.

Stepney Boxes are available for children as an alternative to the Ploughman's or Cream Tea Box, and include a soft savoury filled roll, chocolate treat, fruit snack, carton of juice and a colouring booklet with crayons. 

Please select the number and type of food boxes you require during the booking process.

Please note food boxes are NOT INCLUDED in the ticket price for bookings placed after 4pm the day before travel.

A selection of drinks is available to pre-order (we are sorry but no drinks can be purchased whilst onboard), please make your selection during the booking process. 

Why not make your journey extra special with a souvenir? We have a selection available for you to purchase when you make your booking!

Please arrive no later than 20 minutes before your departure time.

Please note:

  • All food and drink on this service is by pre-order only and is only available to order until 4pm the day before travel
  • Pre-ordered food and drink - owing to ongoing supply problems within the food industry, substitutions may be necessary at short notice
  • All trains depart from and return to Sheffield Park Station
  • All passengers will require a ticket, including children
  • We welcome children 3yrs and over on this service. We regret that it isn’t suitable for babies and children under the age of 3. All children must be fully supervised and remain in their seats throughout the journey
  • Dogs (other than registered assistance dogs) are not permitted on this service
  • We are sorry but it isn't possible to take prams/buggies/pushchairs on this service. These may be left in the care of the station staff at the departure station.
  • Tickets are valid for the service and date specified on the ticket only
  • We regret we are unable to offer discounts for this service


  • Tables are allocated automatically during the booking process. Parties from separate bookings will not be seated at the same table.
  • If you are booking for a large group, the automatic seating process may not seat you all in the same carriage. If you would like to book for a large group and be in the same carriage, please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800 or email bookings@bluebell-railway.com


  • Because of the age and design of the carriages used for this service, we regret we are unable to accommodate wheelchair-bound passengers.
  • If you or a member of your party have mobility issues and would like to travel on this service, please call our Customer Service Team on 01825 720800 who will be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

On 19 July, the Government moved to Step 4 of its roadmap and removing most legal Covid-19 restrictions.

We ask our visitors to follow Government advice and ‘use personal judgement to manage own risk’.

From 19 July:

  • The legal requirement to wear face coverings has been lifted, however ‘the Government expects and recommends that people wear face coverings in crowded areas’. We encourage our visitors to continue to wear face coverings, particularly in any crowded areas on board our trains and around the Railway
  • We ask our visitors to continue to be mindful and respectful of others in regards to social distancing
  • We will continue to display QR codes for customers wishing to check in using the NHS COVID-19 app
  • We are keeping some of the mitigations such as control of crowds forming, sanitising stations, extra ventilation and some social distancing measures will continue to be in place to enhance visitor safety as life gradually returns to normal

Customers who are feeling unwell or who have had a positive test result and are isolating on their date of travel should not come to the Railway and are asked to contact our customer services team regarding their booking: bookings@bluebell-railway.com


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