Hi and welcome to the West Parley Miniature Railway website.
In response to many e mails received through this website can we just say that the Christmas Railway and Santa's Grotto are run by the Garden Centre and not this Society. As far as the Society are aware the Garden Centre has plans for a Christmas Grotto and Christmas entertainment on the appropriate days. At this stage we do not know whether it will be possible to run the ever popular Christmas Railway this year - as soon as we know anything new this site will be updated. You may be able to obtain further information by completing the Contact Form on the Garden Centre's website. (Just click on the link) and we assume that Garden Centre's website will also be updated
The 2015 running season has now finished
- please see below for Provisional Dates for 2016
Provisional 2016 Running Dates
25/26/28th March (Note - not the 27th)
9/10 23/24 30th April
1/2 14/15 28/29/30th May
11/12 25/26 June
9/10 23/24th July
13/14 20/21 27/28/29 August
It must be stressed that these dates are provisional only
(All Running days are subject to the weather being kind of course)
Our usual running times are from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. although non steam traction may be available before 11 a.m.
We will try and adhere to the dates mentioned above but they may change without notice due to unforeseen circumstances and no responsibility can be accepted if this happens
The railway is situated at the back of Plowman's Garden Centre at 392 Christchurch Road, West Parley, Ferndown, near Bournemouth Dorset BH22 8SW (see map below) about a mile from Bournemouth Airport.
Mr Plowman has recently retired from running the Garden Centre but having said that the business is stll open under the old name and under vigorous NEW management - click here for a link to the Garden Centre's new website.
The Railway is becoming well known as a Visitor attraction (especially among the children and the young at heart and all who appreciate the nostalgia of a train ride behind a steam engine) in the local areas of West Parley, Ferndown, Ringwood, Bournemouth, Poole and Wimborne.
The current fare for a ride is £1.50 per person regardless of age and the journey consists of four slightly different circuits around the field at the back - a total journey trip of approximately a mile which takes about fifteen minutes