• TODAY'S OPENING TIMES

    All Facilities
    10am to 5pm

    Family Entertainment at the Top Spot Marquee from 2.30pm

  • 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:

    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. This service is currently disrupted due to industrial action by First Group Dorset until at least 3rd September 2016.

    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.

    There is also a bus service from Sidmouth to Seaton, AVMT service 899. This route passes 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 London Waterloo – Exeter, West of England main line. The station is approximately 9 miles from us. The 885 AVMT bus service travels to Seaton, where a connection via the 899 bus service to Beer is available. 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

Trains

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!

Learn more about Beer Heights Light Railway

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.

Railway Modelling Courses

Courses in 2016

11 – 12 April
16 – 17 May
19 – 20 September

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.

The Course

A practical introduction to the core aspects of railway modelling, with expert tuition from our very own in-house modellers. Students will be shown the essential aspects of railway modelling, including how to lay track and electrics.

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, including trackwork and electrics, which can be taken home at the end of the course.

Course Itinerary

Day 1 – Morning Session

9.00am – Meet your instructors and take a conducted tour of the Pecorama Model Railway Exhibition
10.00am – Introductions and information at the Station Gallery Learning Centre
10.15am – Trackwork Techniques
1.00pm – Lunch

Day 1 – Afternoon Session

2.00pm – Layout Electrics Theory
5.00pm – Finish

Day 2 – Morning Session

9.00am – Layout Electrics Practical

Download the Course Itinerary

Price

£195.00 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 and the inspiration to help you to start building your very own model railway

FAQs

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes, participants should be 18 years or over.


Do I need to bring any special clothing and tools?

Yes, 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 contact us on 01297 21542 ext 261 and ask for a booking form or download it here.


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.

Open all year round:

Monday – Friday 10am – 5.30pm.
Saturdays and Sundays please check for opening dates and times.

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.
An Admission Ticket is not required to visit the Orion, entry is free.

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.