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Children can travel for free on a Sussex steam train this summer

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Families will be able to enjoy a fantastic day out in Sussex as children can soon travel for free on a steam train.

The promotion is being run by Kent and East Sussex Railway and will last throughout the summer holidays, perfect for those visiting a Sussex holiday cottage.

From July 25 to September 3, the offer allows one child to travel free with every Adult Travel Card that is purchased.

Families will be able to journey aboard a restored steam engine through the picturesque Wealden countryside, starting from Tenterden and stopping at Bodiam Castle where passengers are free to take a walk to Bodiam Castle.

Passengers can depart or join the train at any station along the ten and a half mile railway line, with a Kent & East Sussex Travel Card allowing discounted entry into the National Trust owned Bodiam Castle.

The medieval castle, now a popular tourist attraction, was built in the 14th-century by Sir Edward Dalyngrigge, who was a former knight of Edward III. The castle was built to defend the area against the French during the Hundred Years War. The National Trust has owned the castle since 1925.

Tenterden Station is also set to hold additional free activities for passengers to enjoy during the summer holidays.

There will be Punch and Judy shows on Mondays and Wednesdays, beginning on Wednesday, July 26. And face painters will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting from July 25.

Aboard the train there will be guides providing fascinating information about the line and its rich history on Tuesdays from July 25. Free dessert will be on offer with each hot meal purchased on every Monday during the summer holidays. And travellers can look forward to fish and chips with a soft drink for £10 on Fridays at the station.