• Pecorama  – Coronavirus COVID-19 Statement

    Following the recent guidelines from the government regarding social distancing we have taken the difficult decision to close the whole site.

    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

  • TRIPADVISOR

Special Events 2020

Driver Experience Courses 2020

01 Apr 2020 - 31 Oct 2020

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

The perfect gift idea!

A great 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 signaled 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 benefiting from expert tuition and supervision from our highly experienced staff.

Participants are welcome to bring up to two guests who will benefit from entry to Pecorama. This includes the Model Railway Exhibition, Glorious Gardens with stunning views over Lyme Bay and unlimited rides on the Beer Heights Light Railway. All inclusive cost of £220.00

Price includes all refreshments throughout the day and a personalised certificate to commemorate your day as a driver.

Now taking bookings for 2020! Please telephone 01297 21542 for specific dates and to book or email pecorama@pecobeer.co.uk

 

RHS National Gardening Week Event (TBC)

27 Apr 2020 - 03 May 2020

National Gardening Week – Monday 27 April – Sunday 3 May

As part of the country’s biggest celebration of gardening, we are inviting RHS Members to visit our Gardens for FREE! Bring along a friend as your guest as part of the RHS theme of  ‘Sewing the seeds of friendship’

Please do not purchase tickets on line but arrive at our main ticket office where you will receive complimentary Garden Tickets.

Bank Holiday VE Day Celebrations TBC

08 May 2020

Join us for our day of celebration here at Pecorama on Bank Holiday Friday.

At 2.30 pm join Entertainingly Different’s Rob Pudner and Singer-Songwriter Georgia Omarah for a 75 minute long VE Day commemoration packed with songs, poetry and a good old singalong with plenty of flag waving of course!

A picnic tea is available to purchase so you can sit in the marquee, wave your flags and singalong. China tea cups, large tables and fun is the order of the day. Fancy dress optional! (limited table space so book your picnic in advance with us – details to be advised). If you want to just listen and join in with the fun, there will be standing areas and some alternative seating available.

Our Garden Room Restaurant will be serving great food (as always) with a wartime twist, Georgia will also be singing a couple of sets to entertain while you eat. Rob will be doing a walkabout to keep you in the mood – you may even join him on one of our steam trains!

The Model railway exhibition, Model shop, gardens, trains and much more will all be open for you to enjoy from 10am

Classic and Vintage Vehicle Rally TBC

24 May 2020

An outstanding display of vehicles from the last century

The Vintage and Classic Vehicle Rally has evolved from the Steam Festival Days held at Pecorama in the mid 1990s.  It is now a standalone event which has grown in popularity over the years, with vehicles travelling from as far afield as Gloucestershire, Glamorgan, Hampshire and Cornwall to take part.

It’s always a jolly and colourful affair, with deck chairs, sun brollies and picnic baskets scattered among the cherished vehicles.  Much chatter and camera clicking takes place, as both visitors and participants alike inspect and admire the host of vehicles displayed in the Pecorama car parks.

Once again we anticipate this being hugely successful event and a potential need to limit numbers, we therefore suggest exhibitors register as soon as possible.

*Pecorama reserves the right to alter dates /event arrangements as circumstances require.

Children’s Art Weekend

06 Jun 2020 - 07 Jun 2020

Children’s Art Week is a UK-wide programme of events that gives children and young people the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of art activities.

We are holding a variety of events over the weekend  for all ages including paint your own Father’s Day Card, Food art, Colour wheels and much more. Adult participation is welcome with all the children. Come along and join in the Fun!

Summer Steam Spectacular

13 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020

New for 2020! ~ The Pecorama Summer Steam Spectacular Event

Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June promises to be a hit with both visitors and enthusiasts!

Providing an intensive train service on the Railway in addition to the normal passenger service. There will be extra and unusual trains, demonstration “goods” trains plus a shuttle to Wildway. Many trains will be “double-headed”.

In addition, there will be a number of visiting scale traction engines in operation.

Father’s Day – Dad’s Go Free!

21 June 2020

Dads enter Pecorama FREE of charge for Father's Day when accompanied by their children!

On arrival, please go to our Main Ticket Office, where Dads will be issued a complimentary Pecorama Day Pass when accompanied by their children.

Please note: Tickets for Father’s Day cannot be purchased online 

The Andeer line returns to the Gallery for both Saturday and Sunday giving you the chance to drive the models on smartphones and tablets.

Join us at the Pecorama ‘Top Spot’ for some family fun and all round entertainment with Spangles the Clown from 2.30pm

Get the kids to help you on your Dads Treasure Hunt around the grounds . Ride on the train, visit the Model Railway Exhibition and shop and get treated by your loved ones to a sumptuous lunch in our Garden Room Restaurant or dine alfresco with a Pizza at the Junction, and if that’s not enough, why not challenge the family to a round of crazy golf!

 

Kit Construction Days*

28 Jul 2020 - 25 Aug 2020

Tuesdays Only – Two sessions per day at 11am & 2pm (nominal charge for kits applies)

Every Tuesday between the 28th July and 25th August there will be a wonderful opportunity for you to learn about building kits from renowned modelling experts Gordon and Maggie Gravett. Gordon, famous for his French metre gauge ‘Pempoul’ model railway, will show you the best ways to place your buildings in realistic scenes.

NOTE: A nominal charge will be made for all kits in addition to normal Pecorama entry fee. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The drop-in sessions are from 11.00am to 1.00pm and from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.  Last admission is 20 minutes before the end of the session.

*Pecorama reserves the right to alter dates /event arrangements as circumstances require.

Vicky Morgan – Art Exhibition

31 Jul 2020 - 03 Aug 2020

Local artist Vicky Morgan hosts a display of her work in the Station Gallery

Vicky has painted all her life and since moving to Devon in 1985 has had many series of prints produced which have sold throughout the UK and overseas.

Her love of wildlife and the stunning East Devon coastline have inspired her finely detailed illustrations and numerous larger canvases of local landscapes.

Vicky enjoys experimenting with different materials but is best known for her watercolours and acrylics. Some of her pictures can be viewed online at Vjm Fine Art.

The Exhibition will run from Friday 31st July (PM) until Monday 3rd August (AM)

*Pecorama reserves the right to alter dates /event arrangements as circumstances require.

It’s Loco Week!

24 Aug 2020 - 31 Aug 2020

From Monday 24th until 31st August Loco week takes off with once again all of our resident engines in service, plus guest engines from around the country, all combining to operate an intensive train service on the Beer Heights Light Railway.  Most passenger trains will be “double headed” with both a PECO and guest locomotive. There’ll also be demonstration goods trains and double-runs throughout the day.

Experience fabulous food from our local region. Eat alfresco from the Junction whilst enjoying the beautiful views of the Jurassic Coast!

Savour some of our scrumptious Devon cream teas and other great homemade food in our Garden Room Restaurant.

Sit and enjoy afternoon entertainment (excludes Friday and Saturday), stroll around the Model Railway Exhibition, buy souvenirs in the shop and enjoy wandering through our stunning gardens.

 

Railway Modelling Course

09 Sep 2020 - 16 Sep 2020

A practical introduction to the core aspects of railway modelling, with expert tuition from our very own in-house modellers

The course will start with a private guided tour of the Pecorama Model Railway Exhibition to illustrate many of the techniques that will be taught. Much of the course will be hands-on, with your tutors assisting and advising you on each aspect.

Over the duration of the course each student will learn how to model their own section of baseboard, which can be taken home at the end of the course.

£225 per person (Price includes all refreshments for the day)

Tuesday 8th & Wednesday 9th September  – Trackwork and Electrics

Tuesday 15th & Wednesday 16th September – Trackwork and Electrics

Please note there are limited spaces available and booking is essential. For more information or to book, please call Andrew Beard on 01297 21542