• PECORAMA OPENING TIMES

     

    Monday Closed
    Tuesday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Wednesday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Thursday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Friday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm
    Sunday Closed
  • 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.

  • Information Line

    At Pecorama we will always try to be as helpful as we can. Should there be anything you would like to enquire about, please do so on 01297 21542 or click below for our full contact details.

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  • TRIPADVISOR

The BHLR

The Beer Heights Light Railway

Take a ride on the BHLR

Considered by many to be the finest 7¼ inch gauge railway in Britain, the Beer Heights Light Railway (BHLR) first opened to the public on the 14 July 1975. Given the location of Pecorama, high on the hillside above the village of Beer, a ride on the railway offers wonderful views over Lyme Bay and along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the distant Portland Bill.

Having been gradually extended over the years, the line forms a complex, convoluted circuit now one mile in length. Passenger trains start and finish at the terminus of Much Natter Station, just inside the main Garden entrance. The route starts off through the formal gardens, includes many bridges, extensive sidings and a lengthy tunnel. Following this, the train seems to go out into the countryside and passes the new Deepwater station. Here passengers may choose to alight to enjoy the tranquillity of Lake Charlotte, the beautiful wildlife pond in Wildway Park, where there is also a nature walk and fitness trail. The train then passes a branch line which zig-zags down very steep gradients to the Beer Mine.

At the very busiest times, train services can involve running up to three passenger trains and four locomotives at once. Smooth and safe operation is assured by the fully automatic, fail-safe signalling system which utilises both colour light and traditional semaphore signals. Much of the railway’s extensive fleet of locomotives and rolling stock is based on British narrow gauge railway practice such as the well-known ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’, but one-third of the size!

On a beautifully sunny day at the end of June 2018, the most recent member of the BHLR fleet was officially named ‘Jools‘ by music legend and railway enthusiast Jools Holland.

The Orion Pullman Carriage

Standing in the siding at Beer Victoria Station is the beautifully preserved Orion Pullman Car, part of the Golden Arrow train that used to run from Victoria Station, London to the Channel coast.

Available for pre-booked high teas, private hire or walk-in refreshments (certain days apply)

We are delighted to announce the Orion will be open this season - Wednesdays and Saturdays from 6th April until 29th October 2022

Bought and saved from the scrapheap by Pecorama, Orion was restored by highly skilled craftsmen, at the British Rail Works in Wolverton, where the Royal Train had been maintained. Here the vehicle was repainted in the distinguished umber and cream Pullman livery, reinstating the elaborate lining and coat of arms that adorned these cars in years gone by. The interior, while retaining all the beauty of the original brass decoration and polished woodwork, has been completely refurbished by local craftsmen to include individual seating, an entirely redesigned kitchen and drinks dispensary.

It was in January of 1978 that the 40-ton coach was transported an arduous 250 miles by road to the Pecorama site. It now stands majestically at rest adjoining Beer Victoria, a full-sized replica station platform.

For many years, this 1951-built Pullman Car Orion made regular journeys between London Victoria and the Channel Ports, as part of the prestigious ‘Golden Arrow’ luxury train.

We now offer this space for high teas and cream teas, cakes and pastries and refreshments.  It is also available as a private hire for parties, gatherings and special occasions.

Relax and enjoy the opulence of this elegant space whilst sampling our home-made refreshments.

Menus

High Teas are available as a pre-order only (see below). Other refreshments are available on a first come, first served basis, without pre-booking.

ORION HIGH TEA

Freshly made finger sandwiches

Two freshly baked scones (plain and fruit) served with Devon Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

A selection of home-made cakes

A choice of teas or filter coffee

£17.50 per head

£20 per person in the Private Coupe – maximum 4 people

Served 11-3 Wednesday & Saturday

(High Tea is only available via online pre booking – 24 hours prior to visit)

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ORION CREAM TEA

Two freshly baked scones (plain and fruit) served with Devon Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam

A choice of teas or filter coffee

£9.50 per head

Served 10-3.30 Wednesday & Saturday

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ORION SAVOURY CREAM TEA

Two freshly baked cheese and chive scones served with chilli jam and butter

A choice of teas or filter coffee

£9.50 per head

Served 10-3.30 Wednesday & Saturday

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BEVERAGES

Pot of tea for one – £3.95

Pot of tea for two – £7.50

Filter coffee, per cup – £2.75

Luxury Hot Chocolate with Cream and marshmallows – £4.95

Still or sparkling water – £1.50 per bottle

A range of speciality tea is available.

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LIGHTER OPTIONS

Single Cheese and chive scone with butter – £3.00

Single sweet scone (fruit or plain) with Devon Clotted cream and strawberry jam – £3.50

Toasted Tea cake with butter and strawberry jam – £4.25

A slice of cake of your choice £4.25

Beverages and lighter options are served 10am 3.30pm – Wednesday & Saturday

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Please ask a member of the team if you have allergen requirements

POLITE NOTICE

The Pullman Car is a ‘Quiet’ area for ‘passengers’ to enjoy the nostalgia whilst taking refreshments.

There are no age restrictions for entry, but we do ask that you respect the peacefulness and suggest that this Pullman Car is not suitable for the very young.

Thank you for your consideration.

Pre-book your High Tea here

GIFT VOUCHERS

Why not gift your loved one a luxury experience of a High Tea for two?

Purchase your gift vouchers online here

 

 

PRIVATE HIRE

For a birthday party, business conference, meeting place or even a wedding reception, the Orion Pullman Car is the perfect venue creating a special ambience, reminiscent of days gone by…

Our Pullman Carriage is available for private hire for up to 24 people in the main saloon (with a further 4 catered for in the Coupe) and can provide you with a unique experience at attractive rates to suit your needs. Bespoke programmes can be arranged on request so please contact us for details.

Depending on your requirements and the date/time of your event, catering can be in-house or supplied by outside caterers of your own choosing. You may also bring your own alcohol for a small corkage fee.

Please contact us for further details with your requirements on Pecorama@peco.co  or call 01297 21542 and pick the ‘Pecorama’ option, and one of our team will call you back to discuss all the options.

All prices are for guidance only and are not to be taken as a definitive quote for the hire of the car. Individual requirements can be discussed to provide a tailor made quotation.

Pecorama reserves the right to increase or decrease the hire figure depending on the nature of the event being planned.

  • Refreshments must be ordered in advance, paid for as required by the delegates, or can be invoiced to the hirer.
  • All hire costs subject to V.A.T.
  • Ample free parking is available on site.

Please call 01297 21542 or email pecorama@peco.co to discuss your requirements.

You will find our terms and conditions and menus on this page. Once your event has been confirmed by us, we will forward a booking form.

Click here for our Menus and Refreshment options.
Click here for our terms and conditions of hire.

Guide Rates For Private Hire Of Carriage

Morning session
Afternoon session
Evening session
9.30am until midday
1pm until 3.30pm
6pm to 8pm
£100 + VAT
£100 + VAT
£200 + VAT

Hire charges are reduced by 50% for multiple bookings (3 or more)

All prices are for guidance only and are not to be taken as a definitive quote for the hire of the car. Pecorama reserves the right to increase or decrease the hire figure depending on the nature of the event being planned.

Model Railway Exhibition

The Model Shop & Railway Exhibition are open at the times listed below:

Monday
Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: CLOSED
Tuesday
Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Wednesday
Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Thursday
Shop: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Friday
Shop: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Saturday
Shop: 10.00am - 4.30pm
Exhibition: 10.00am - 4.00pm
Sunday
Shop: CLOSED
Exhibition: CLOSED

As you enter Pecorama, the Model Railway Exhibition and Model Shop welcome you to the home of the famous PECO brand of model railways, one of the last major model railway production facilities left in the UK. The factory, alongside Pecorama, produces a countless variety of items for the enthusiast every day, utilising modern specialist machinery with highly skilled local labour.

Since railways fascinate many adults and children alike, it is not surprising that such a large number of homes already have a model railway. Some enthusiasts are deterred from the hobby in the belief that they would need more space. However, our Model Railway Exhibition aims to inspire modellers by demonstrating a variety of practical small layouts to suit every home – with options for both indoors and out. All boast an impressive amount of detail and even those who don’t model will marvel at the craftwork involved. Many of the layouts have interactive features.