• We regret to inform you that we have taken the very difficult decision to announce that  Pecorama will remain closed to the general public for the whole 2020 season.

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  • DIRECTIONS TO EX12 3NA

    BUY CAR:

    Follow the brown official Tourist Board direction signs indicated with a train symbol for ‘Pecorama Pleasure Gardens’ from the A3052 towards Beer.

    BY BUS:

    The X52 service travels from Exeter through to Bridport via Lyme Regis, stopping off at Beer Cross which is a 10 minute walk from Pecorama.

    The 9 / 9A service runs hourly from Exeter to Seaton / Lyme Regis and the 20 service travels from Taunton, via Wellington and Honiton, to Seaton where there are bus services to Beer. Both of these services are offered by Stagecoach.

    AVMT provide the 899 service from Sidmouth to Seaton and the 885 from Axminster to Colyton, Seaton and Beer. Some of these buses pass just outside Pecorama and will stop on request.

    For full details please telephone Devon Bus Service on (01392) 382800, Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or any of the bus service providers.

    BY TRAIN:

    The nearest train station to Pecorama is Axminster, on the West of England main line. Trains run approximately every hour from Exeter St Davids and from London Waterloo. The station is approximately 9 miles from us. The 885 AVMT bus service travels from the Station to Colyton, Seaton and Beer, every hour Monday to Saturday.

    Alternatively, taxis from the station can be booked in advance – Axminster Taxis 01297 34000.

  • Check the weather

    Pecorama is located high on the hillside, less than a mile from the sea and often seems to have its own micro-climate. Therefore, if you are planning a visit and the general forecast is not that good, why not telephone us for an up-to-date report of what is actually happening here at Pecorama – the chances are we are having a lovely day!

    Call us on 01297 21542

  • TRIPADVISOR

Gardens

A Personal Pecorama Experience

Join us for a private guided tour of the gardens, an exclusive steam train ride and a cream tea with views to die for!

On arrival you will be met by our knowledgeable guide who will give you a private tour of the fabulous gardens here at Pecorama and talk about the history of our unique site.

After which, your very own narrow-gauge steam Locomotive will be fired up and waiting at one of our Railway Stations to take you around our mile and quarter track in this picturesque setting, through our bespoke tunnel and emerging on the hillside over Beer Village with far reaching views of Lyme Bay.

Following this fantastic journey (with many photo opportunities), alight at the station and enjoy an alfresco home-made cream tea on the terrace*, soaking in the fabulous scenery.

* Alternative arrangements for inclement weather will be made in our luxurious Pullman Carriage.

What’s included –

*A private guided tour of our gardens

*An exclusive steam train ride for you and your guests

*A bespoke cream tea in the gardens

Cream Tea Package

Tea, scones, jam and cream

£29.50 per person*

High Tea Package

All the above PLUS finger sandwiches and scrummy home-made cakes

£36.50 per person*

Sparkling Special Package

High tea PLUS Prosecco

£42.50 per person*

Terms and conditions

  • * minimum party groups of 4 people / or minimum spend of £100

  • Groups of up to 6 people

  • Must be booked at least 72 hours in advance

  • Available Monday to Thursday between 10am until 4.30pm (end time) – other days by prior agreement

  • Pre-payment required

  • Children’s discount not available – (NB our play equipment is not currently open)

  • Cancellation – full refund if cancelled 72 hours in advance thereafter, no refunds will be given. Postponement may be available due to certain circumstances.

To Book or to find out more please call 01297 21542 and ask for Blanche Alexander

or email Blanche.Alexander@Peco.co

The Millennium Gardens

Although our gardens remain closed for 2020, please feel free to browse our site for the history, information and some glorious pictures - to entice you back next year!

When the Beer Heights Light Railway opened to the public in 1975, the garden area was very small, with only one or two shrubs and a few trees. As the railway grew in size, so did the garden. It was not until 1984 when we purchased a large greenhouse and had some excellent tuition from professional horticulturist, Arthur Faulkner, did we introduce colour into what had become a rather green and uninteresting area. Ever since then, the gardens have been filled with a variety of attractive flowers and have given much pleasure to our many visitors.

To help celebrate the Millennium, it was decided to do away with a tiered putting green and create a new series of garden ‘rooms’. Construction took just over two years and the garden was formally opened in July 2000 by well-known celebrity gardener Anne Swithinbank. Our designer, Naila Green, came up with the idea of a celestial theme; hence the Sun, Moon and Rainbow gardens, all of which are reflected in their planting colour schemes. In this area, you will also find a roof garden, scented walkways, a snake path, a shell grotto and wonderful hard landscaping with particular attention to fine detail – something to interest all the family.

Dogs: New for 2020! Well behaved dogs are welcome in the gardens this season, but must be kept on short leads at all times. Dog waste bins are provided around the site, we politely ask that you please use them.

Millennium Garden Grotto

Six years after the official opening of the Millennium Garden the extensive work within the Grotto was completed and an official opening took place on 23rd July 2006

The Grotto is predominantly constructed with sea shells and features a Dolphin sculpture leaping out of the sea, trying to touch the moon. The mythological sea theme, with the Greek God Poseidon watching over all, is a most enchanting masterpiece of work. Be sure to find this special feature within the Moon Garden when you next visit.

Secret Garden

Shhhhh… and relax in the seclusion of this walled garden

Hidden somewhere on the site is our Secret Garden, a place separated from the main attraction and ideal for peace and tranquility. It is partially walled and contains herbaceous borders; quite a different planting regime to the rest of the garden, where traditional but popular annuals rule the day. In 2012 professional garden writer and broadcaster Anne Swithinbank helped with the design for new plantings and these have now matured into amazing beds, giving a variety of heights as well as an assortment of colours.

Wildway

If you want to get away from the formal gardens, then take a walk or a train ride (request stop only) to the Wildway. This is found to the east side of the main car park and can be accessed through shaded woodland where all things wild and natural abound. The main structure of Lake Charlotte was completed during the summer of 2015 and is slowly developing with its variety of plant life. The mini lake does not contain fish but is a place for frogs, toads and all sorts of different insects. Damson and dragonflies are plentiful and a fascination to watch as they dart over the surface and dash between plants.

Crawlie Hall, the six story bug hotel that has been recently completed, is currently looking for a receptionist! Over time, this will become a paradise for a whole host of insects.

Meadow flowers should add to the character during the summer months beckoning those insects to visit.

 

Station Gallery / Lecture Theatre – Currently Closed

Simply a fantastic space to host your special event!

Opened in 2000, the Station Gallery sits alongside Pecorama’s famous 7¼ inch gauge Beer Heights Light Railway and forms an integral part of the Millennium Celebration Gardens.

The Gallery’s versatile, triangular shaped space is ideal for art exhibitions and other displays, meetings, performances, conferences and demonstrations and has recently been extensively upgraded to provide a large drop-down screen, HD projector and WIFI.

The Station Gallery can comfortably accommodate up to 60 people and is available for hire on a half day or daily basis. Hire rates are competitive and with full catering facilities, free parking and the added benefit of extra facilities, including the hire of special train rides. The stunning location of the Station Gallery at Pecorama, makes it the ideal venue for hosting a successful event.

Panoramic Views

Stretch your eye along the Jurassic Coast.

Pecorama, one of Devon’s leading tourist attractions, is set on the hillside above the picturesque fishing village of Beer offering stunning views across Lyme Bay to distant Portland Bill.