There are many great places to visit from White Lodge B&B Sussex. Fifteen minutes from our door is the famous Bluebell Railway next door to the beautiful National Trust gardens of Sheffield Park. Or book a vineyard tour at the Bluebell Vineyard were you can enjoy award winning English sparking wine after a stroll through the vineyard.
The Bluebell Railway was one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country and has the finest collection of vintage steam locomotives and carriages, many of which were preserved straight out of service from British Railways.The Bluebell Railway commenced train services in August 1960 and now runs trains on a 22 mile return trip between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead.
There is a packed calendar of events during 2018 from Spring to the famous Christmas special. Below is a selection of some of the events available
Sussex Belle On April 25th, during Bluebell season, this brand new service will depart Sheffield Park Station at 1pm and offers a two course meal aboard a First Class dining car. The journey through the beautiful Sussex Countryside will last for 1 ¾ hours. £50.00 per person, includes the fare and a set two course meal. Bookings for the Sussex Belle must be made by telephone, 01825 720800.
Book before 22nd April for travel on the Bluebell Railway’s carriage ‘Ashdown’ this Spring on the Golden Arrow Dining service on any date up to 25th May and enjoy one FREE bottle of house wine per couple! This beautifully restored 1st Class dining carriage was built in the 1950s and was used on the ‘Boat Train’ service that conveyed passengers from London to Southampton where they would board the luxury transatlantic liners of the day. Enjoy a three course meal on board whilst travelling through the beautiful Sussex countryside – spring is in the air and the Bluebells should be at their best throughout the period.
There's a Tornado on its way! 60163 ‘Tornado’ will be visiting the Bluebell Railway 25th – 29th May. Why not book for a trip behind this famous locomotive and enjoy a tasty brunch at the same time? On Sunday 27th May seats are available in the luxurious Pullman carriages for this trip, which departs from Sheffield Park Station at 10am, and the cost of £50 per person includes the fare and cooked breakfast and your tickets can then be used on other timetabled trains that day. 'Steam and Cream' and 'Ploughman's Plus' Trips These popular trips are available Monday to Friday until the end of September and can now be booked online.
The Bluebell Railway’s Golden Arrow Pullman dining train is the perfect setting for a special meal with friends or an intimate evening for two.
With Pullman Cars, Christineand Fingall, the train recreates the fabulous Golden Arrow which once linked London and Paris, with the style and panache which made it one of the most glamorous and famous trains in the world. Once on board you will enjoy fine food and wine served to the standards of yesteryear.
The First Class carriage Ashdown is also used in the Golden Arrow Dining Train set. This carriage was originally built to convey passengers from Waterloo Station to the port of Southampton to catch the Trans Atlantic Liners. Whilst not being quite as ornate as a Pullman, Ashdown is extremely comfortable, has a lovely ambiance and you will experience exactly the same level of service as in Christine and Fingall.
The service departs from Sheffield Park Station and travels through the beautiful countryside of the Sussex Weald. Our Golden Arrow runs on Saturdays (evening diner) and Sundays (luncheon) from April to October. Additional services are also offered during Special Events, and at Christmas.
Evening services depart at 7.30pm and your journey will last around 3½ hours*. Luncheon services depart at 12.3opm for services in Jan, Feb & Mar, and at 1.00pm for services from April to Oct and your journey will last around 3 hours*.
* journey times may be subject to change from time to time owing to operational requirements
On Sunday May 27th 2018 the Golden Arrow Luncheon Service will be hauled by 60163 ‘Tornado’ and the cost of this service is £90 per person.
Murder Mystery EveningsWitness the murder, then board the Golden Arrow and steam through the Sussex countryside aboard our Pullman Carriages whilst enjoying a 3 course meal and solving the heinous crime.
Following pre-murder drinks (not included in the price), witness the events which lead up to & include the dastardly crime. Then take your seat aboard the Golden Arrow, where detective packs, clues and your 3 course meal await you. During the journey, cross-examine the surviving characters and carry out other detective tasks. Look-out for those tricky red-herrings, and remember that the murderer will deliberately lie to protect themselves! Good Luck Detectives! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.murder-party.co.uk