• 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

Start of the 2017 Summer Season

01 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017

Saturday 1st April marks the start of the 2017 summer season! The Beer Heights Light Railway will ‘steam up’ once again to run through until the end of October.

In addition, the site including the PECO Model Shop & Exhibition, Gardens, Play Station indoor play area and Garden Room Restaurant will open daily.

Vicky Morgan – Art Exhibition*

26 May 2017 - 31 May 2017

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.

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

Father’s Day

18 June 2017

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

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

Ben the Juggler will be performing up at the Top Spot Marquee at 2.30pm.

Shakespeare In The Garden

01 July 2017

Join us for an evening performance of The Tempest, by The Inn Theatre Company – A Theatre Hub Production. Gates will reopen at 6.30pm with the show starting at 7.30pm and finishing at approximately 10.00pm with a short interval. The Garden Room Restaurant will be open during these times for light refreshments. Alternatively, bring your own picnic!

Theatre Hub Production’s tour last year was listed by TripAdvisor in the top-ten must-see shows of 2016’s “Shakespeare 400”, celebrating 400 years since the death of Britain’s renowned bard.

Advanced booking is strongly advised due to limited ticket numbers.

Ticket
Adults
Children
On the Gate
£15.00
£13.00
Online / Advanced
£13.50
£11.70
Further Discount available for Members

Footage from 2016's Twelfth Night Performance

About the Inn Theatre Company

The Company were first formed in 2002 by a group of friends having a drink in the Cherub Inn in Dartmouth (hence the name) and their first open-air Shakespearean production was ‘Twelfth Night’ at Dartmouth Castle in 2003. The woman whose idea it was originally, Jane Windsor-Smith, is the company’s present Artistic Director. Every year since the formation, the company have strived to improve and take bold steps in their presentation of Shakespeare, always seeking to make it more accessible and to give lie to the oft-voiced opinion that ‘Shakespeare is too difficult to understand for a modern audience’. That they have succeeded is beyond question. Their patron, Michael Corbidge, senior voice and text coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company says this of them:

“(They have a) truly adept skill and mastery of delivering high quality, hugely entertaining and popular work. They were born to speak the Bard and you were born to listen. I urge you to go and share in their joy…”

The Inn Theatre Company have been affiliated to the Royal Shakespeare Company since 2011. They tackled, and conquered, the most searing play in the canon in 2013: King Lear. In 2014, they presented an exhausting and exhilarating Commedia dell’arte production of ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and in 2015, The Wives, which was written about 1594, was set in the 1950’s and was directed by the supremely talented Jill Brock, who also played Katherina in The Shrew.

For more information about the company, visit their website below, follow them on Twitter – @inntheatre – or keep up to date on Facebook: search for “Friends of the Inn Theatre Company”.

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 £6.00 will go to Parkinson’s UK & local Exeter-based charity; Step One (formerly known as St Loye’s Foundation). Last year we raised £1,500!

Ben the Juggler will be performing up at the Top Spot Stage at 2.30pm and the Donkey Sanctuary will be in attendance with one of their adorable Donkeys!

Itinerary TBA. For updates on Special Events follow @Pecorama on Twitter.

Please note that a separate ticket will be required for this event. Tickets will go on sale online sometime during 2017 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.

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. The workshops for children in the holidays provide 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.

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

Itinerary TBA

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.

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
*****
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.