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The miniature railway is operated by a group of volunteers on behalf of The Christabella Charitable Trust, a charity registered in England No. 800610, within its property situated at Barnards Farm, West Horndon, CM13 3FY. All funds raised are used for its charitable purposes, further details available from The Charities Commission (www.charitycommission.gov.uk)

We are open on the following days – click on the date of interest for further details.

Our standard Train Ticket Donations* are as follows:
£7 – Return Ticket
£10 – Rover Ticket & ride all day!
Card Payments only on the day.

Pre-booking for the railway is only required for certain special events (shown light blue in the list below), otherwise you can just turn up on the day.

No Events

The Barnards Farm Gardens are open on Thursdays from the 7th April 2022 through to 25th August 2022 inclusive.

We will be operating the Barnards Miniature Railway every Thursday during the school holidays during the garden open day season from 11am until 4pm. We are pleased that we are now able to extend the journey further to ‘Sitooterie Halt’ which makes the ride 1½  miles return. The trips will be every 20 minutes and last about 25 minutes. The trains will be hauled by diesel locomotives from our heritage Mardyke collection, although steam locomotives may appear if available on some trains. On some days it may be possible as an add on to ride a shorter route on one of our sit in Electric Multiple Units to Belvedere and back.

Please note that on Thursdays you also do need to have a separate Garden entry ticket prebooked and payable via the National Garden Scheme App or NGS Website. Garden Admission is £8.50* for adults; children are free.

We are currently serving light refreshments in Burton Shaw station.

Kindly also note that dogs are not permitted unless they are guide dogs.


Future Events

Winter Lights

12th and 13th November 2022

Join the Winter Lights Express Train and see the trackside, the Belvedere and the Sitooterie lit up. Float a candle on the lake in aid of the Children’s Society.
Booking now open click here

Santa Express

3rd, 4th, 10th and 11th December 2022

Barnards Miniature Railway is once again running its popular Santa Express Trains. Father Christmas will be handing out presents to good girls and boys. Good mums and dads can hopefully get refreshments in the barn.
This is a pre-book event and the tickets will be on sale from 9am on Saturday 1st October.


*This represents a charitable donation to The Christabella Charitable Trust (Registered in England No. 800610) used entirely for its charitable purposes.

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