• OPENING TIMES

    Main Facilities

     

    Beer Heights Light Railway, Gardens, Indoor & Outdoor Play Areas, Model Railway Exhibition & Shop, Restaurant

     

    Open Daily: 10am – 5pm

    1st April – 31st October 2017

     

    Smaller Catering Facilities vary by month – please phone us for details.

     

    Please see our Opening Times page for information on prices.

     

  • DIRECTIONS TO EX12 3NA

    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:

    Weekdays from 24th July – 1st September look out for the Jurassic Mule, taking passengers from Charmouth, via Lyme Regis and Seaton along the Jurassic Coast on a vintage open-top bus. Some services will stop here at Pecorama! This service will also run over the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

    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

    9.00am – 5.30pm, Monday – Friday

    10.00am – 5.00pm, Saturday & Sunday

    Alternatively email: pecorama@pecobeer.co.uk

  • 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

Summer of Sculpture

03 Jun 2017 - 31 Aug 2017

A temporary and evolving selection of sculptures have been installed around our beautiful gardens... come and take a stroll

“Sculpture is an art of the open air. Daylight, sunlight, is necessary to it, and for me, its best setting and complement is nature.” Henry Moore

This is the first summer season of art in the garden at Pecorama and the idea was inspired by Sue Smith who makes wonderful colourful glass mosaics. One of her masterpieces you will find within the gardens. Art in many different forms is on display here and it all fits so naturally into the garden just as if nature herself has placed it there. Please take your time to look carefully at the art for there is so much to study and wonder at, but above all enjoy what you see. If you are interested to buy any of the art or to consider commissions please contact our tourism office or go direct to the artist themselves.

“The true work of art is but a shadow of the divine perfection.” Michaelangelo

Seaton Jubilee Artists Group*

21 Jul 2017 - 25 Jul 2017

A varied exhibition by experienced local artists, including paintings of Devon scenes, iconic portraits, contemporary abstracts, figurative sculpture and fine art ceramics and prints.

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

PECO Garden Day*

23 July 2017

Help raise money for charity at this year's Garden Day

A special reduced entry fee will apply of £7.50 inc. VAT of which £6.25 will be shared between Parkinson’s UK & local Exeter-based charity; Step One (formerly known as St Loye’s Foundation). Last year we raised £1,500!
Both charities will be on site with information and displays about the amazing work that they do. Please drop by and help support them. Representatives will be on hand, so please call by and have a chat with them.

There will be an entertaining schedule of events on throughout the day to include Ben the Juggler who will be performing at the Top Spot Stage at 2.30pm. The Donkey Sanctuary will be in attendance with two of their adorable miniature donkeys! Face Painting in the Marquee from 12.15 plus two performances from the Sidmouth Steppers, Morris Dancers.

One of the highlights will be the Jubilee Artists Group who will showcase their work in the Station Gallery.
The exhibition, by experienced local artists includes paintings of Devon scenes, iconic portraits, contemporary abstracts, figurative sculpture and fine art ceramics and prints.

Why not take a wander through the gardens which are looking beautiful despite this week’s weather. Follow this with a tasty pizza lunch in the Junction gazing out at the fabulous views across Lyme Bay!

Please note that a separate ticket will be required for this event. Tickets are for sale online or can be purchased on the day. Standard and First Class Tickets will not be valid for this event and will not be available to purchase on the day.

We look forward to welcoming you on this special day…

For more information please contact us by phone or email.

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

Footage from 2016's PECO Garden Day

Teddy Mac Day

30 July 2017

Join Teddy Mac on his adventures with author Margaret Edmonds!

Margaret Edmonds, author of the Teddy Mac Adventures book series, will be hosting storytelling and book signing sessions throughout day.

Children who bring their own Teddy Bear on Teddy Mac Day will get a special treat in the Garden Room Restaurant! We’ll also have the ever-popular Teddy Mac Quest running. A prize will be given by Margaret to children who find all the Teddy Mac cards hidden around the site!

Spangles the Clown will be performing up at the Top Spot Marquee at 2.30pm

Teddy Mac is our very own railway bear – his Adventures are exclusive to Pecorama. The books are available to purchase in the PECO Model Shop, the Play Station and online – see the link below.

Footage from 2016's Teddy Mac Day

Kit Construction Days*

01 Aug 2017 - 29 Aug 2017

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

Every Tuesday between the 1st and 29th 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.

Gill Elliott School of Photography Exhibition

05 Aug 2017 - 19 Aug 2017

An exhibition of varied and exciting photographic work from the Gill Elliott School of Creative Photography will be on display in our Station Gallery.

The exhibition will last from 10.00am until 5.00pm. Some work maybe removed from display during the last day (19th August).

The Fun Kitchen

17 August 2017

Hands on Baking Sessions for budding chefs!

Fun Kitchen will return in 2017 after a brilliant reception during last year’s Bake It Big Event.

An amazing “Hands On” Baking experience for your budding mini chef with workshops for the children delivering cookery with a twist! A fantastic opportunity for the youngsters to create fabulous baked goods in a fun way, tutored by the award winning food education specialists from Fun Kitchen.

All equipment and ingredients are supplied including chefs hats and aprons.

‘Fun Kitchen’ baking workshops are on a first come, first served basis and spaces are limited. Registration will take place on the day. Visitors will need to visit the marquee immediately after arrival to book their child’s place in their chosen session.

There will be four sessions during the day and each will last approximately 45 minutes.

In addition Spangles the Clown will be performing up at the Top Spot Marquee at 2.30pm

 

PECO Loco Week & Bank Holiday Railway Gala

21 Aug 2017 - 28 Aug 2017

Week-long series of railway events with guest locos on the Beer Heights Light Railway

All of our resident steam locomotives, together with guest engines from all over the country, will combine 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.

Children’s entertainment will also take place daily up at the Top Spot Marquee.

See our ‘Trains’ page for more information on the Beer Heights Light Railway and its Rolling Stock.

Footage from Loco Week 2016

Seaton Jubilee Artists Group*

26 Aug 2017 - 01 Sep 2017

A varied exhibition by experienced local artists, including paintings of Devon scenes, iconic portraits, contemporary abstracts, figurative sculpture and fine art ceramics and prints.

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

Axminster Photography Group Exhibition

15 Sep 2017 - 30 Sep 2017

The group return for the sixth year to display their work in the Station Gallery

Exhibition open daily 11am – 4.30pm. Due to close earlier on the final day.

About Axminster Photography Group

Founded in 1987 with just six members, the Axminster Photography Group began life as ‘The Thomas Whitty Camera Club’, so named after the man who began the manufacture of carpets in Axminster and also the name of the building in which the members first held their meetings.

Around the beginning of the millennium, the club moved to new premises that offered better facilities and coincided with a new chairman, John Marriage who took the club in a new direction. At this time almost all competitions were abandoned and the emphasis changed to the ethos the club adheres to today – that of cooperation, collaboration and a greater emphasis on creative photography, the results of which the club began to exhibit at local venues. The membership increased as interest and motivation improved whilst the name changed to Axminster Photography Group emphasising the image rather than the camera.

Autumn Half Term Week & Hallowe’en

21 Oct 2017 - 31 Oct 2017

Ride the Beer Frights Ghost Train for Hallowe'en!

Children’s entertainment daily from 2pm in the Station Gallery until 29th October and a spooky treat from the Restaurant for those in Hallowe’en fancy dress. Hallowe’en decorations and fun games will take place throughout the week in addition to all the normal attractions.

Winter Opening Hours

01 Nov 2017 - 30 Mar 2018

All Weather Fun - Play Station indoor play area and Model Railway Exhibition

From November 2017 to Easter 2018 the Beer Heights Light Railway will close along with the Gardens and their facilities.

The Play Station indoor play area will remain open along with the Garden Room Restaurant for all-weather fun, refreshments and of course, birthday parties! The Model Railway Exhibition and PECO Model Shop will also remain open during these winter months.

Click here to see our ‘Opening Times’ page for information on winter opening hours.

Winter Prices for 2017/2018


Model Railway Exhibition
Play Station Soft Play Area
Over 16
£3.00
FREE
Under 16
£2.00 (Under 3 FREE)
£6.00 (aged 3-12), £4.00 (under 3)

Please note that all visitors under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Santa Specials

16 Dec 2017 - 21 Dec 2017

JOIN US FOR SOME FESTIVE FUN

Ride on the Pecorama Santa Special
*****
Meet Santa at our winter wonderland and receive a Christmas gift
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Use our indoor soft play (for those aged 12 and under)

We will also be selling hot turkey baps, mince pies and mulled drinks.

Separate Ticket required. Tickets will go on sale later in the year. Prices TBA.

 

Iver Scoop reports for PECO TV on 2016's Santa Arrival.

Please note:

Children 16 and under must be accompanied at all times on site by an adult

Adult entry (ages 17 and over) for the event is free

Adults must be accompanied by a child ticket holder to ride on the railway

At busy times, only one adult can accompany their child or children on the train ride.