The Watercress Line in Alresford and Ropley will host the August Bank Holiday weekend of the 50s and 60s with live performances by singer Stephanie Belle


A HISTORIC railroad will host a blast from the past with a program of jive dancing, live music, traditional feasts and displays of vintage vehicles.

The Watercress Line will welcome visitors to celebrate the 1950s and 1960s at its Alresford and Ropley stations from Saturday 27th August to Monday 29th August.

Live performances at Ropley Station include singer Stephanie Belle, a 20-year-old professional singer, who will join the Super Jets and Miss Holiday Swing.

Meanwhile, in Alresford, visitors can get involved and dance with That’s Jive, who run jive and jitterbug classes in Hampshire and Surrey.

Visitors are encouraged to embrace the nostalgia and dress up in 50s and 60s costumes and participate in vintage party activities such as quoits and horseshoes or the high striker testing strength.

The steam locomotives will continue to run throughout the weekend, allowing unlimited train journeys for passengers at the four heritage stations – Alresford, Alton, Ropley and traditional country stations Medstead and Fourmarks.

Watercress Line Acting Managing Director Alison Houghton said: ‘This August bank holiday promises to be full of nostalgic 1950s and 1960s fun. With fantastic music, dancing, train rides steamers and vintage exhibits, there’s something for everyone. Don’t miss this opportunity, buy your tickets in advance online through our website.

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The Alresford Railway Museum will feature a collection of vintage toys as well as a display of vintage vehicles at the station.

Refreshments will be available at West Country Buffet in Alresford, T-Junction in Ropley, Queenie’s Traveling Teapot and Moo Moo Belle ice cream, as well as the opportunity to picnic.

To find out more or book tickets online, visit:

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