Watercress Line Events

Explore the railway with two tickets for the price of one when you visit by train using South Western Railway! Travel by mainline railway to Alton station, walk over the bridge onto platform 3 and redeem your 2 for 1 offer at the Watercress Line ticket office.* 

Whatever the time of year, there is always so much to see and do at the Watercress Line! With 10 miles of track and four beautiful stations to visit by steam or diesel train in the rolling Hampshire countryside.

Fares give you all day unlimited travel, so you can explore all four of our stations, see behind the scenes in the engineering workshops and visit the nearby towns all on one ticket. Enjoy a delicious lunch, cream tea or slice of cake and a drink at our picturesque West Country Buffet at Alresford station. Get up close to our magnificent engines in the loco yard and find out more about our restoration projects in the viewing galleries, or let the kids run wild on the play area while you enjoy a picnic at our picturesque Ropley station. Find out more about the role of the Goods clerk at our Delivering the Goods exhibition at Medstead and Fourmarks, as well as experiencing the 1 in 60 climb up to the station also known as 'going over the Alps'.

At the Alton end of the line you can also join the railway by mainline train, just an hour from London Waterloo. This bustling market town has a delightful mix of historic buildings and modern shops, with its own Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery and links to Jane Austen’s House Museum in nearby Chawton.

Throughout the year there are special events including a Day Out With Thomas, War on the Line and Steam Galas as well as a variety of dining trains and our popular Real Ale Train.

*Terms and Conditions: Valid during standard travel days only (not valid during special events), cheapest ticket free. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer or discount, including priv cards. Only valid with 2 for 1 voucher, downloadable from https://www.daysoutguide.co.uk/watercress-line or taken from the Days Out Guide leaflet'

Autumn Steam Gala - Friday 19 - Sunday 21 October
Experience this 'steam'-packed three day weekend, where you can relive yesteryear. As well as travelling the line, there are 'Behind The Scenes' guided tour through the engineering workshops at Ropley station.

Guest engines from across the UK feature at this annual event - check the Watercress Line website for the latest lists.

Wizard Weekend - Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 October
Dress up as a Halloween spook and take unlimited rides on the Wizard Express steam train in the Watercress Line's Harry Potter style coaches, one of which featured in the films. Check the Watercress Line website for the timetable.

Walk the Line - Saturday 10 November
This unique event lets you see the Watercress line as few others do - at track level. This fundraising event offers three-, six- and ten-mile walks to suit you. The full ten-mile challenge lets you experience the entire length of the line from Alton to Alresford, including the highest point on the line - known to drivers and firemen as going "over the Alps".

Check the Watercress Line website for more details, including sponsorship forms. This year's funds go towards re-ballasting Wanders Curve between Medstead & Four Marks and Ropley.