Hi and welcome to the West Parley Miniature Railway website.
Christmas Railway 2015
From what we have learned it seems that the Christmas Railway, which is owned and operated by the Garden Centre, will not run in 2015.
We understand from their website (www.plowmansgardencentre.co.uk)that there are plans for a walk through Santa's Grotto and entertainment.
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