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Home Education at the Railway

There are a variety of ways for children who are educated at home to take part in learning opportunities at the Watercress Line. Whether you are looking for traditional led visits, information for projects, experience visits or child-led learning activities the railway can offer a unique learning destination.


For more information please contact the Education Officer

education@watercressline.co.uk  or 01962 733810

Home Educator's Days

Throughout the year we offer dedicated Home Educator's days with engaging and interactive sessions that cover a broad spectrum of subject areas. Our learning sessions are conducted at one of our period stations and feature hands on activities, opportunities to question, explore the station and engine yard and for role play. Keep an eye on our website for updates or send the education office an email expressing your interest. You can book as a group or individually for Home Ed Days.

Spring - Summer 2018

Next Home Educators day - Thursday 17th May.

Evacuee Day for Home Educators.

Come dressed as an evacuee family, experience the atmosphere of wartime steam travel and learn about 'Operation Pied Piper'. Your ticket includes all day train travel along the line and Evacuee activities at Ropley.

Children must be accompanied at all times and places must be pre booked.

Cost £9 / child. Adults and non participating children over 2 just pay standard travel fares.

Booking available from 16th April.


Engineering Surprises. 14th and  20th March - Sorry fully booked.


Home Eds March

Click here for full details.

Morning session - 10.15 -12.15
Afternoon session - 1.15 - 3.15

Prices: Payment required on booking please.
Morning session £5/child
Afternoon session £5/child
Book both sessions and receive a free Watercress Line badge.

Please contact the Education Office for availability. Places are limited to 12 children per session. Minimum age for participating children 4 years.

You may bring little siblings under your care free of charge but please be aware that you may need to work with your participating child on some activities and you must accompany them at all times.
Yard and site tours require sturdy shoes or wellingtons.
You are welcome to extend your stay with a picnic lunch before or after your session and indoor space will be available. The station will close at 3.30pm.


Group Visits

Our education sessions aren't just for school groups! Organised Home Educator groups can book an education visit to the Watercress Line. Information about the sessions that we offer can be found on our dedicated web pages or alternatively, contact the Education Office who will be happy to work with you to develop sessions to fit your learning objectives.

NB: there are minimum numbers and costs that apply for education group bookings, please contact us for further information.


For more information please contact the Education Officer

education@watercressline.co.uk  or 01962 733810

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