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Planning Your Education Visit


Education visits are available February - November

Sessions with train ride only available midweek May - September.

An Education Visit to the Mid Hants Railway, Watercress Line offers the opportunity for your pupils to investigate and discover the present day life and past history of our Preserved Railway and can be teamed with the experience of travelling through the Hampshire Countryside behind a restored steam locomotive.

Choose your session from our range of topics. All our sessions offer cross curricular links and a choice of activities. Every Education Visit class can submit articles, photos, drawings and written work to be published on their own page in 'Tales of the Rail'

Our Canadian Pacific Restoration Project team also offers additional activities for CREST Discovery Days and after school activities linked to STEM subjects. Click to find out more about our Canadian Pacific Restoration Project.

We can tailor your chosen Education Session to fit your curriculum or attainment levels. If you have students that require additional resources, differentiation or practical assistance please let us know and we will be happy to adapt your session to make it accessible to your whole group. Large print and ‘Easy Read’ copies of all texts are available upon request. Please contact us to discuss your requirements.

There are 3 types of visit to choose from:

  • Railway Experience – Your visit includes both an Education Session and an atmospheric return journey along the Watercress Line behind one of our restored heritage locomotives, stopping off at Ropley Station on the way.
    Available on any running day. £9 / pupil

  • Station Visit - Enjoy an Education Session based solely at one of our stations and available on most days throughout the year. £3.50 / pupil   

    • CREST Discovery Days - A full day visit: £3/ Pupil, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

    • CREST After School Visits - Free sessions - supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

  • Explorer Journey - A self-led return journey along the Watercress Line, taking in the atmosphere and scenery and stopping off at a station of your choice along the way. Available on any running day. £7 / pupil

For prices for visits by post 16 education students please contact the Education Officer via. education@watercressline.co.uk

To Book:  Please contact the Education Office for availability and to reserve a date. We generally require a £50 deposit.

Badges, Post Cards and Shop Visits 

No school trip is complete without a souvenir and at the Watercress Line we like to take the stress out of shop visits by offering  pre-booked Goodies.

Shop visits are also available at Alresford, or Ropley.

Add an additional layer to your visit by sending postcards home. Book your group postcards that can be written on the train and posted in our heritage post-boxes, price includes delivery by Royal Mail.  Please click here for further information.


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