About the Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway Whitsun Weekend
The major port city of Southampton lies about 70 miles south-west of London and 15 miles west of Portsmouth. It is the birthplace of Benny Hill (1924 – 1992), a wonderful comedian who delighted (and possibly offended) audiences worldwide with his risqué slapstick humour. One common scene was Hill being chased by a bevy of scantily dressed women with the film speeded up to add to the comedy. If the chase headed in a north-easterly direction for about five miles he would be in the town of Eastleigh where the annual Lakeside Steam Railway Whitsun Weekend is held.
The Whitsun Weekend is a three-day holiday celebration where kids and adults can enjoy a train ride and other activities for the whole family.
The Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway is a dual gauge 10¼" / 7¼" miniature railway that runs from its main station, Eastleigh Parkway, to Monks Brook Halt and back through a tunnel. The 20-minute journey allows the rider to enjoy a scenic backdrop that includes lakes, picnic areas, and a children’s playground. There is a souvenir shop at the station with a full range of Thomas Wooden, Fisher-Price die-cast models, and Bigjigs.
Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway
Before 1992, Lakeside Country Park was nothing more than a series of gravel pits that had filled with water to create some lakes. The track was first a temporary layout, but a three-year lease followed by a longer lease in 1998 allowed the construction of a more permanent track. The two stations at Eastleigh Parkway and Monks Brook opened in 1999, the tunnel was added in 2003, and the café and souvenir shop opened in 2005 as an extension of the Eastleigh Parkway station. The entire park covers 60 acres.
Entry To The Event
Many visitors start their day at the railway with a breakfast at the Lakeside Café that opens at 9:00 a.m. The railway opens at 10:00 a.m. and the trains run approximately every 20-25 minutes with the last train departing about 15 minutes before closing time at 4:30 p.m. The standard adult fare is £4.00 per ride but there is a three ride for the price of two special offered at £8.00. Children ages 2 to 15 have a similar fare at £3.00 (3/2 special at £6.00 per person). A one-way ticket to or from Monks Brook Halt for all ages is £2.40. Please call the railway for the Whitsun Weekend as there may be other discounts available. Note that children under 2 years old ride for free and children under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
Somewhere to Stay in Hampshire
Campers and Caravaners have several choices like the Sunnydale Farm Campsite that offers nearby bus stops to Southampton and proximity to other tourist attractions. Another campsite is Scotts Haven Caravaning Touring Site. It is about 15 miles east of Eastleigh but brags of being “Hampshire's greatest recluse” for those seeking a relaxing setting. Many hotels and B&Bs are available in Southampton and along the southern coast.
Other Things To Do Around Eastleigh
There are at least two stops vacationers will want to see as they head south toward Southampton. The first one is to pay your respects to Benny Hill at his gravesite in Hollybrook Cemetery in Southampton. Next, head to the Brickworks Museum at Bursledon. It is the only steam-driven brickworks in the UK. Other places near Southampton include the SeaCity Museum and a collection of 18 vintage aircraft at the Solent Sky museum.
Lakeside Country Park offers ample free parking near the railway including parking areas for disabled guests. Guide and assistance dogs are permitted and there are ramps and bathroom facilities for wheelchair users. Finally, the term “Whitsun” is the UK name for the 50 days after Easter. In other countries, it is called Pentecost and it celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles that occurred way before Benny Hill’s career began.
When is the next Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway Whitsun Weekend?
The Eastleigh Lakeside Steam Railway Whitsun Weekend is planned to take place at Lakeside Country Park, Wide Lane, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5PE, Saturday 23rd May, 2020. This is a Long Weekend Railway Event.
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