Open Every Day 10am to 5pm (changes apply from the 4th Nov)


    Open Every Day 10am – 5pm (changes apply from the 4th Nov) 


    Open from 1st April-3rd November 2019

    Please see our Opening Times page for information on prices

    We regret that no dogs are allowed within the grounds at Pecorama, with the exception of Guide Dogs and Assistance Dogs only.



    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.


    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



    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



Beer Heights Light Railway

Take a ride on the Beer Heights Light Railway

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.

Learn more about Beer Heights Light Railway

Driver Experience Courses

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

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 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 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.

Course Timetable

9.30am Meet your instructor and receive a safety briefing and theory session (with tea and cake) in the splendour of our restored Pullman Coach “Orion”. After that you will prepare, learn the controls and steam up the engine.
Before lunch there should be an opportunity to drive the engine with full guidance and advice from your instructor, who sits behind you with “dual controls” – just in case.

Enjoy a lunch in our Garden Room Restaurant from about 12.45 – 1.35.

After lunch you should be coupling up to a set of coaches and Driving several trips on the “mainline”. Finally, there is ‘disposal’, how to clean up and leave your locomotive safe for the night.

Finish at around 4.15pm.



£215 (all courses are conducted on a one to one basis).

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is there an age limit? Yes, participants must be 18 years or over.
  • When are the courses available? Courses are available on Wednesdays in April, May, June, July, September and October.  Please contact us for specific dates.
  • Do I need any special clothing? Cotton overalls are essential to protect your clothing, along with stout boots – safety type are preferable. A waterproof jacket is also required. 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.
  • How do I book? Please contact us on 01297 21542 and ask for the Tourism Office.

Terms and Conditions

50% deposit payable on booking. Balance to be paid no later than 14 days prior to course date.

Cancellation Policy:
Refunds for cancellations will be considered up to one week prior to the day, if we are able to fill the booking. Where after a maximum of 50% refund may be given

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Model Railway Exhibition

Inspiration for a Model Railway in your home...

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.

Don’t miss the chance to play the free quiz during the school holidays. A selection of multiple-choice questions, all related to the layouts, will keep families entertained as they take in the exhibition. There are no trick questions, but keen eyed observation is essential if you want to be in the prize draw hat.

New in the Exhibition for 2019!

Our talented team in the Model Railway Exhibition have been working on designing a new fun theme park layout, which will be completed just in time for the start of the main season. The brand new layout will feature dinosaurs, skiers, spaceships, fairground rides and even a working volcano.

We’ve recently installed a new overhead railway line, new tracks, the background has been painted and the volcano is getting bigger and better by the day!

Open All Year Round!

From 1st April 2019- 3rd November 2019 

Open daily: 10.00am – 5.00pm

From 4th November 2019- Easter 2020 

Mon – Fri: 10.00am – 5.00pm

Sat: 10.00am – 5.00pm


Railway Modelling Courses

Courses in 2019

Course Dates

Tuesday 2nd & Wednesday 3rd April – Trackwork and Electrics

Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th May – Scenery

Tuesday 14th & Wednesday 15th May – Scenery

Tuesday 4th & Wednesday 5th June – Trackwork and Electrics

Tuesday 17th & Wednesday 18th September – New Course – Craftsman Kit Building

Tuesday 24th & Wednesday 25th September – Scenery

Tuesday 1st & Wednesday 2nd October – Trackwork and Electrics

To register your interest, please contact us either by phone on 01297 21542 or by using our contact form. We will call you back to discuss the course details.

General Information

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.

Craftsman Kit Building Course


Have you always wanted to construct a Wills Craftsman kit, but not been sure quite where to start? Building on the popularity of our track and scenery courses, we have decided to add a new course for 2019, specifically on this subject. The course will take place over 2 days on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th September 2019, here at Pecorama. Over the 2 day course, students will be encouraged to build the small engine shed kit CK 14, with assistance and guidance in the skills and techniques necessary to construct this model, from our in house modellers. The aim is for students to take home an assembled model which will be spray painted in a grey base primer ready for them to paint in their chosen colour scheme at home. At each stage students will be advised on tips and techniques of the construction, with our own modellers building the same model alongside. The course is aimed at the confident modeller who already has some experience of general kit building.

What is included on the course

  • Wills CK 14 kit
  • Small, modellers tool kit for students to use and take home with them
  • Use of glue, paint and cutting mat while on the course

Day One

Meet your instructors and take a conducted tour of the Pecorama Model railway exhibition

Introductions and information at the Station Gallery Learning Centre

Start on marking out the walls and roof parts, followed by cutting to size and fettling to fit

Break for Lunch

Continue with construction of the model


Day Two

Work towards completing assembly of the kit

Spray paint with a base primer

Course finish


Enjoy the Pecorama site

Ride the Beer Heights Light Railway

Visit our well stocked Model Shop

Trackwork and Electrics Course Itinerary

Day One

Meet your instructors and take a conducted tour of the Pecorama Model Railway Exhibition

Introductions and information at the Station Gallery Learning Centre

Trackwork Techniques

Break for lunch

Layout Electrics Theory


Day Two

Layout Electrics Practical


Scenery Course Itinerary

Day One

Meet your instructors and take a conducted tour of the Pecorama Model Railway Exhibition

Painting and weathering of track plus adding a level crossing with roadway


Track ballasting and basic scenery


Day Two

Use of static grass system

Addition of extra detailing such as fencing, bushes, trees etc...

Finish at Lunchtime to allow students time to visit the shop


2019 Price - £215 per person

Price includes:

  • Tea/coffee breaks in the morning and afternoon on day 1, as well as the morning of day 2
  • A choice of lunch options from the menu will be provided on both days
  • 10% Discount Voucher to spend in our Model Shop during your time on the course
  • Access to all Pecorama attractions, including a train ride
  • Take home your selected baseboard or kit (depending on which course) and the inspiration to help you to start building your very own model railway


Are there any age restrictions?

Yes, participants should be 18 years or over.

Do I need to bring any special clothing and tools?

You will be provided with a short list of necessary items prior to your course.

How many participants will there be on each course?

There will be a maximum of 12.

When are the courses available?

As dates become available they will be posted on this page of the website.

Can I book on behalf of someone else?

Yes, this course makes an ideal present.

How do I book?

Please ring us on 01297 21542 EXT 261 and ask for Andrew Beard, who will be one of your course tutors.

If I have any technical questions who can I speak to?

Please ring us on 01297 21542 EXT 261 and ask for Andrew Beard, who will be one of your course tutors.

Bookings & Cancellations

Terms and Conditions

50% Deposit payable on booking. Balance to be paid no later than 14 days prior to course date.

Cancellation Policy

Refunds for cancellations will be considered up to 48 hours prior to the course, where after a maximum of 50% refund may be given.

PECO Model Shop

On leaving the Exhibition Hall, you will enter the specialist Model Railway and Book Shop where our staff are at your service to answer queries and show you the extensive range of products by PECO and many other major manufacturers. The current issues of Railway Modeller and Continental Modeller, magazines with the largest circulation in their field, are on sale.

For those who are looking for souvenirs to take home or buy for friends, you will find a good selection of traditional small items on sale, including postcards.

Opening dates and times:

Monday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm.

PECO Models Website

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.

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.

Your Carriage Awaits

The Orion is open in the main summer season 11.00am – 4.30pm serving morning coffee, afternoon teas and a wonderful selection of homemade cakes.

Please note the Orion will be closed on Saturday 14th September PM for a private event. 

As a quiet, peaceful area to enjoy refreshments and indulge in the nostalgia that this environment provides we advise that it is therefore not suitable for very young children.

Full catering facilities, including a children’s menu are available in the Garden Room Restaurant.

The Orion can also be hired for a variety of uses.

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 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.

For a nominal charge, Pecorama can also provide you with an expert to give a talk on either the history of Pecorama and the Beer Heights Light Railway, or a wide variety of other topics. Talks can be entertaining, light-hearted or informative, all tailored to suit your needs.

Guide Rates to Hire Car

Morning session
Afternoon session
Evening session
10am to 12pm
2pm to 4pm
6pm to 8pm
£50 + VAT
£50 + VAT
£100 + 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.