Summer Steam Soiree

15th July 2016

Exbury on a summer evening is a pure delight, especially when you are offered a glass of Pimms or a fruit cocktail and have the opportunity to ride the steam railway!

On Friday 15th July, visitors will be able to enjoy an evening tour of the gardens in the company of a knowledgeable guide.

Your evening will begin at 7pm with a welcome summer drink on the terrace at Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms, before boarding carriages for a two-circuit run of Exbury’s ‘Rhododendron Line’. The train passes through the Summer Lane Garden, at its best with herbaceous and perennial plantings. Look out for wildlife on your journey! On the second circuit, the train will ease to a stop at the American Garden, where our guide will lead you on a short 20 min walk back to Mr Eddy’s, taking in the tranquil Jubilee Pond, mysterious Jurassic Boardwalk and the colourful Hydrangea Walk.

A delicious 2-course buffet dinner will be served on the terrace of Mr Eddy’s Tea Rooms (weather permitting!), with food sourced from Hampshire suppliers.

The evening will conclude at approximately 10pm.

Tickets are £30 per person and £27 for Friends of Exbury. Booking essential 

For more information, please call the Box Office on 02380 891203 or email

‘A truly fantastic day out. My wife and I were bowled over by the amazing spring colours of rhododendrons and azaleas and there was literally colour everywhere. There are beautiful areas to walk through as well as places to sit. We took a picnic in the hope of being able to sit by one of the ponds and were not disappointed – the reflections were as spectacular as the real thing! The next thing we want to do is return in the autumn to see the colours change as it must be beautiful’

David Parker, Christchurch

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