• Pecorama  – Coronavirus COVID-19 Statement 17.06.2020

    Whist we are really missing our customers and very sad that the trains cannot run, for the safety of all, we do need to remain closed for the moment. But the Directors are reviewing the situation regularly in connection with the frequently changing Government restrictions regarding the Covid19 pandemic.

    Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time, please stay safe and if you have any queries please call on 01297 21542 or email on pecorama@peco.co

     

     

  • 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

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Coronavirus Information

17th June 2020

An up-date for our loyal customers and visitors to Pecorama. 

You may have seen in the news that the Government are now suggesting it may soon be possible for outdoor tourist attractions to open again, we thought we would give a quick up-date on the situation here at Pecorama.

Whist we are really missing our customers and very sad that the trains cannot run, for the safety of all, we do need to remain closed for the moment. But the Directors are reviewing the situation regularly in connection with the frequently changing Government restrictions regarding the Covid19 pandemic.

Many of our customers will know, Peco is, first and foremost, a renowned manufacturer of model railway products. The need for our factory staff to work “Covid safely” has meant temporarily moving some production facilities into undercover areas within the tourist attraction. This, of course, will also have a bearing on when we are able to reopen and what facilities may be available when we do.

Our Model and Gift shop is currently only operating a mail-order service. Customers can also call or email us with orders and arrange collection if preferred. Phone 01297 21542 and ask for Mark or Phil or email pecoshop(@)peco.co

Please keep an eye on our Website – https://www.pecorama.co.uk/ and Facebook page –  https://www.facebook.com/pecorama/ for up-dates.

In the meantime, we will keep posting pictures of the trains and gardens – along with the occasional video – for those of you missing it all!

Opening Times & Prices

We are sorry that Pecorama is CLOSED for the time being...

Whist we are really missing our customers and very sad that the trains cannot run, for the safety of all, we do need to remain closed for the moment. But we are reviewing the situation regularly in connection with the frequently changing Government restrictions regarding the Covid pandemic.

Our Model and Gift shop is currently only operating a mail-order service. Customers can call or email us with orders and arrange collection if preferred.

Phone 01297 21542 and ask for Mark or Phil or email pecoshop(@)peco.co

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Tickets & Membership

Due to changes across the site due to the Coronavirus we are currently not selling tickets online.

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Special Events

We always have something special going on at Pecorama! Take a look at our Special Events page for details of what’s on this year. For events that require a separate admission charge or ticket, please see the link below.

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Memberships

Annual Membership entitles the cardholder to unlimited entry to Pecorama for 12 months to enjoy all the facilities on offer depending on season (see Opening Times for seasonal attraction availability), including 1 train ride on the Beer Heights Light Railway, and 10% off a round of Crazy Golf!

Exclusive to Members, a 10% discount is also available on shop purchases, fresh food, hot drinks and birthday party packages. Please telephone for details.

 

Buy Membership

Beer V.I.P. Membership (for Beer residents only) entitles the cardholder to all of the benefits of a full Annual Membership (exc. train ride and 10% off crazy golf) – these are not available online, so please contact us to purchase.

 

Accessibility

Dogs

New for 2020! Pecorama will welcome well behaved dogs. There will be certain areas such as the restaurant and children’s indoor play areas which will be limited to assistance dogs.

Dogs on Trains: Small, well behaved dogs may be allowed to sit on your lap on the train at the discretion of our Station Master.

We recommend holding on to the collar to prevent the pet from jumping off the open carriages. If you have any questions or concerns, please speak with a member of staff when you visit.

Mobility Information

  • Disabled parking bays are located in front of the Main Ticket Office and Exhibition and within the main car park.
  • Pecorama is situated in a hillside environment and there are steep paths within the Gardens, which cannot be negotiated alone by wheelchair users.
  • Those with disabilities can be accompanied by one able-bodied assistant who may enter free of charge.
  • Pecorama has a limited number of wheelchairs available for visitors to use. These are offered on a first come, first served basis.
  • Pathways are not suitable for 3-wheeled / lightweight mobility scooters.
  • Please ask for assistance if required.

Pecorama Leaflet

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Pecorama Map

Explore our glorious gardens, games and trains

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Directions

Find directions to Pecorama, situated in Beer; a beautiful spot on the East Devon Jurassic Coast

For up-to-date alerts on disruption or road closures, please click on the Directions tab in the toolbar.

BY 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.

Map to Pecorama

Lost Property

After a lovely day out, we know how annoying it is when you get home and realise that you left something behind. But don’t worry, we keep all lost property safe and will do our best to ensure you are reunited with your belongings.

Do give us a call on 01297 21542 to reclaim your lost items.

Conference & Exhibition Facilities

Host your special event at the Station Gallery or on the Orion Pullman Carriage!

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

The 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, is the ideal venue for hosting a successful event.

The Orion offers intimate facilities for smaller events. An area where your guests or clients can soak up the wonderful and unique environment.

Contact us to find out about our Conference and Exhibition rates.

Groups & Parties

Groups and coach parties are always welcome

We can offer a range of group discounts and special arrangements for coach parties, school and pre-school groups, clubs and more. Driver incentives are also available.

To discuss your requirements and for more information, contact us!

Coach Driver Information

On arrival, please pull in on the lower level to collect your tickets from the Main Ticket Office. Passengers can then either disembark at this point or remain on the vehicle and be taken up to the coach park to enter the Gardens on the higher level.

In & Around Beer

Where countryside meets coast

The picture-postcard village of Beer nestles in Lyme Bay, on the 95 mile long Jurassic Coast, England’s first natural World Heritage Site and forms part of the South West Coastal Path. The shingle beach still boasts a small fleet of working fishing boats and the surrounding picturesque white chalk cliffs provide a natural suntrap sheltering the cove from prevailing westerly winds.

Historically, the village’s main industries have always been mining for stone, fishing and farming but today the major source of income is from tourism. In fact Beer has been an important area for people to live for ages – first Neolithic man, then 2000 years ago the Romans, who planted vines here and quarried the limestone and then, being a sheltered seaside location, fishing soon became a way of life. The stone quarries consist of miles of underground tunnels, today known as Beer Quarry Caves, and has become a major tourist attraction. Legend has it that the famous smuggler Jack Rattenbury used to store his contraband in the tunnels and some may still be there, hidden away. Again, legend has it that the tunnels went from Beer Head all the way to Bovey House. Beer has been in the past famous for its lace work, being introduced by Flemish refugees escaping persecution between 1568 and 1577. This lace was some of the finest of its kind and a length was specially commissioned for the trimming to Queen Victoria’s wedding dress. Today, the art of lace work is kept alive by a few enthusiasts who practice the skill.

The limestone was commercially quarried as it was highly prized because of its workability for carving and it can be seen in cathedrals such as Exeter, Westminster Abbey and St Paul’s. Today, there are no continuous quarry workings but occasionally a few cubes are extracted for restoration purposes. Within the chalk and limestone, seams of black flint were frequent, with the consequence that this made a very good building product when napped. Examples of this work can be found in several buildings within the village, the Dolphin Hotel possibly being one of the most impressive. Another fine example is the surrounding walls of the Moon Garden at Pecorama. During the Civil War periods it was often said that if a flintlock gun had Beer flint, it was virtually guaranteed to fire, Beer flint being one of the hardest and finest in the UK.

When the opportunity arises to explore the broader locality visitors are spoilt for choice. Taking the main road out of the village eastwards you will come to Seaton and Axmouth. Although Seaton is more exposed to the elements than Beer, it has a most wonderful beach with a mile long promenade. Naturally, tourism is a very important industry to the residents. In the spring of 2016 the impressive Jurassic Coast Visitor Centre will open and definitely will be worth exploring. What is more, Seaton also has a famous Nature Reserve with several bird watching facilities, the River Axe being a natural host for many kinds of birds and small mammals. Further east there is Lyme Regis, an ancient scenic resort famous for its historic harbour, Cobb and fossiling and a landing post for the Duke of Monmouth in his famous ill-fated Rebellion. Going west you will find the majestic regency town of Sidmouth, boasting beautiful gardens, leisurely walks, fine hotels, clean beaches and friendly shops.

Visitor Survey

Pecorama Survey Draw

Spare just a few moments to complete our short visitor survey and be entered into our draw for your chance to WIN a prize worth at least £30. If your survey is drawn, you can choose from 4 prizes...

  • £30 towards Pecorama Membership Card(s)
  • £30 Amazon Voucher
  • High Tea for two adults in the Orion Pullman Carriage
  • £30 voucher to spend in the Peco Model & Gift Shop

Download our survey and complete online, then email it back to us or post it to the address given

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Terms and Conditions

The draw is open to one adult visitor per group/family, purchasing a Standard or First Class Ticket, or when the gardens are closed, an Exhibition or Play Station Ticket (excluding employees of Pecorama and their families).

Once drawn, the results will subsequently be published in the Railway Modeller Magazine.

The Company’s decision is final, no correspondence can be entered into and there are no cash alternatives to any of the prizes.

Contact Us

Please call our information line if you have a query, our friendly team will be happy to help.

You can get in touch in a variety of ways – use our contact form below, call us or come and see us at our office reception.

Information Line: +44 (0)1297 21542

Pecorama
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Beer
Devon
EX12 3NA

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Weather Forecast

Forecasting the Pecorama micro-climate

It is exceptionally difficult for weather reporters to be 100% accurate for very specific locations. The information provided is usually fairly general, covering an area such as the West Country. What is not always understood is that the West Country is quite a narrow strip of land; with sea on both sides, north and south, and the land mass itself includes a lot of hills! All this makes forecasting the weather accurately very difficult… Pecorama itself is located high on the hillside, less than a mile from the sea and can be susceptible to its own micro-climate! It is quite possible that if the forecast says it is raining somewhere in the West Country, the sun could be shining in Beer.

If you are planning a visit and the general forecast is not that good, why not give us a call for an up-to-date report directly from Pecorama – the chances are we are having a lovely day!

Even if the weather does take a turn for the worse, the Model Railway Exhibition, Play Station indoor soft play area and of course the Garden Room Restaurant, are completely under cover and so can be a useful refuge until things dry up again! The Beer Heights Light Railway often runs in wet weather when it is safe to do so and a limited number of carriages are fitted with covers (first come, first served) with the rest open to the elements!

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