We have quite a few events coming up over the next couple of months which are fun for all the family.

Vintage Bus - Colchester

14 Oct - Sea Shanty Train - Manningtree to Harwich

The annual Sea Shanty Festival returns to Harwich and to celebrate this we are running two trains on 14 October. You can find all the information, including activities and ticket sales information on our events page.  You can buy tickets in advance here


Join us on 9 September aboard the train from Walton-on-the-Naze, Clacton and Thorpe-le-Soken, when we will be running two story trains on the 10:00 and 12:00 Walton (10:05/12:05 Clacton, change at Thorpe Le Soken).  

On board there will be activity packs for the children, storytellers, and magicians. Once at Colchester you will be able to connect with the Vintage Bus Service for a hop on/off tour around Colchester and visit heritage sights for free. See list of sites and opening times at https://www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Tickets are available online - click here to purchase.

Travel by train to Wivenhoe, and spend a day exploring this quaint riverside village.  Just three miles south east of Colchester, it only takes a few minutes by train from there, without any parking or congestion hassles. Once you’ve arrived, almost all of the attractions below are only five minutes’ walk away and visiting one of the attractions could win you first class train tickets.

How to Visit Wivenhoe and win!

ESSCRP have been working in partnership with The Bee Friendly Trust and the local primary school. There is a planter from the trust on the station which has plants which will encourage bees.

This project has involved, ESSCRP delivering a rail safety talk at the school, the trust delivering a talk about bees and pollination and the children going to the station to plant the seeds and the plants. The children were able to use the skills they learnt from the safety talk in the station, such as standing behind the yellow lines, waiting whilst the barriers went down for the trains  to cross. ESSCRP and The Bee Trust will continue to work with the school.

Photos include the rail safety talk, school children planting, and the train that was also planted up.

See the pictures from Great Bentley School Visit

Community Rail in the CityJoin us in Liverpool Street Wednesday the 17th May 2017 from 7am to 7pm where we’ll be showing off all that Essex CRP lines have to offer along with our colleagues from Norfolk and Suffolk lines.  We’ll be giving away lots of goodies including information about places to visit, postcards (remember those?!) and a draw to win first class return train tickets anywhere on the Greater Anglia network. 

Our Upcoming Events


You can buy tickets in advance for our event trains