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The Sunny South Express


Saturday 14 July 2018

First Class Non-Dining is virtually full, please call the office to book.

Who could resist a Great Day Out to the Dorset Coast with a choice of two top class destinations, historic Dorchester or the relaxing seaside resort of Weymouth on the day of the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival.

Our train runs directly from local stations in Hertfordshire, all with plentiful car parking, or you can also board at Finsbury Park which offers good connections via the Piccadilly and Victoria Lines. Our interesting outward journey takes us around London by way of Camden, Willesden Junction and Kew, continuing via Virginia Water, Basingstoke and Winchester. We glimpse Southampton Docks before passing through the tranquil New Forest and past Bournemouth to reach Dorchester South.

Here you can alight for a four hour break. Dorchester has a long and varies history, much of it to do with industrial reforrn brought about by the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Thomas Hardy features prominently too; he lived here and many of his novels were set hereabouts. You can learn more about his unique contribution to the area in the Dorset County Museum, and you’ll probably want to visit the town’s Dinosaur Museum and Teddy Bear Museum too.

Or you can stay on the train for another ten minutes to the end of the line at Weymouth where the station is located right alongside the elegant curving bay and sweeping Georgian terraces. In many respects Weymouth epitomises all that is best about an English seaside resort and there are wonderful seaside walks to be had along the glorious sand beaches.

This is the date of an exciting event in Weymouth and the historic harbour area is home to the Pommery Dorset Seafood Festival. Admission is free so come along and be entertained by national chefs as well as much loved local seafood heroes. Whether you’re just happy to wander, sampling and enjoying great food and local produce or sipping Pommery watching the boats go by, there is something for everyone and the festival helps raise much needed funds for the Fishermen’s Mission.

Our return journey takes us via Dorchester West then on through Yeovil, Castle Cary and Newbury, rounding off a thoroughly enjoyable summertime day out.

The train will be operated by GB Railfreight and, subject to availability, will be hauled by a pair of Class 73/9 locomotives.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

StationDepartArrive
Stevenage07.1021.45
Welwyn Garden City07.2521.30
Potters Bar (for M25)07.4021.15
London Finsbury Park08.0020.55