• 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

Special Events

DRIVER EXPERIENCE COURSES 2020

31 Jul 2020 - 30 Nov 2020

The smaller, friendly railway with the full engineman's experience

DRIVER EXPERIENCE COURSES

We are pleased to announce that we have re-started our Driver Experience Courses for 2020.

After careful review, we have implemented some changes to our course to allow us to continue offering this great day out in a COVID safe environment.

This course offers a unique opportunity to enjoy the thrill of preparing, firing and driving a steam locomotive, on the award-winning Beer Heights Light Railway – our mile long scenic, fully signalled narrow gauge railway at Pecorama, in glorious Devon.

Our Steam Locomotive Driver Experience Courses offer you the chance to have the footplate all to yourself, whilst benefitting from expert tuition and supervision from our highly experienced staff.

Participants are welcome to bring up to two guests who may join you for your takeaway lunch from 12:45pm onwards and be your first passengers when you take control of your locomotive!

Course Timetable: 

10:00 Arrive at the main reception where you will be met and accompanied to the BHLR ticket office for a safety briefing and theory session over coffee – (with allowances made for social distancing), and order your takeaway lunch from our canteen menu, which serves tasty, freshly made food to our whole site.  

After that, you will prepare, learn the controls and steam up the engine.  

Before lunch, (if all goes well!), there should be an opportunity to try your hand at driving the engine, with full guidance and advice from your instructor, who sits behind you with ‘dual controls’ – just in case. There is a clear, social distancing screen, between you and the instructor, who can relay instructions to you via a cab radio if required.  

12:45 If you have guests joining you now, please ask them to report to the main reception where you can meet them with your pre-ordered takeaway lunch and enjoy the gardens together whilst you re-energise yourself for the afternoon’s excitement! 

13:30 After lunch, you will be coupling up to a set of coaches and driving yourself and your guests on a few trips on the fully signalled, mile long ‘mainline’ with wonderful views. 

Finally, there is ‘disposal’ – how to clean up and leave your locomotive safe for the night, during which time your guests may wait in the gardens for you.  Your day will finish at around mid-afternoon.  

The £210 cost includes all refreshments throughout the day and a personalised certificate to commemorate your day as a driver. 

TO BOOK – PLEASE CALL 01297 21542 Ext 257 or 258
OR email us – John.Macdougall@Peco.co / Blanche.Alexander@Peco.co

Terms and conditions
Payment – 50% deposit payable on booking. Balance to be paid no later than 14 days prior to the course date.
Cancellation Policy – refunds for cancellations will be considered up to one week prior to the day, if we are able to re-fill the booked slot. Thereafter, a maximum refund of 50% may be given. For cancellation due to Covid restraints/illness, your course will be re-arranged for a future date.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there an age limit?
Yes, participants must be 18 years or over.

Do I need special clothing?
Cotton overalls (or a jacket and over-trousers) are essential to protect your clothing, along with stout boots – safety type preferable. (Trainers are not suitable). A waterproof jacket is also useful in case of poor weather. Suitable gloves will be provided.

Can I book on behalf of someone else?
Yes, this course makes an ideal gift.

How physically demanding is the course?
Participants need to possess a reasonable degree of physical and mental agility and to be able to comply with both verbal and graphic instruction. However, we cannot make assumptions or judgements about a person’s abilities without being informed of their circumstances and needs. The locomotive used has a ‘sit in’ cab which requires some flexibility to enter and egress. If in doubt, please ring us to discuss the above.

Covid 19 related considerations
• Your instructor will respect social distancing throughout the day and it should not be necessary to encounter anyone else, in close proximity, on the site.
• A clear screen is fitted between the locomotive and the instructors riding van behind.
• All appropriate areas and surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned before your experience.
• Hand sanitiser is available.
• Protective gloves (provided) should be worn on the locomotive.
• For the course, you may use your own face mask as you wish but we would point out that,due to the heat from the engine, this may be uncomfortable and there could also be a small risk of fire – you will effectively be in the ‘fresh air’ most of the day.
* In line with our Company policy for all personnel on site, we ask that you and your guests wear a face covering when entering the cloakroom facilities and other enclosed areas (aside from the main course areas, where you will be accompanied by your instructor).

YOUR PERSONAL PECORAMA EXPERIENCE

Join us for your exclusive guided tour of the gardens, followed by a personal steam train ride and an al-fresco cream tea - all with stunning views!

14 Sep 2020 - 26 Nov 2020

Join us for a private guided tour of the gardens, an exclusive steam train ride and a cream tea with stunning views over Lyme Bay.

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 a 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 

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