This is genuinely a real “wow” moment.
We’ve been counting you all on and off our carriages today and we are pretty overwhelmed to announce that we had:
4,571 passengers on Babbacombe Cliff Railway today as our carriages went up and down and up and down and…..
See what we mean by “wow”?
Some of you will have counted as one passenger and some as two….. or maybe three (depending on how many trips you made).
We thought you’d like our “travel for free” offer and we thought that we had managed to spread the word pretty well but, even so…..
We have had a truly lovely day. Stunning sunshine and hoards of fabulous, friendly people travelling with us.
Thank you everyone and Happy Cliff Railway Day!
Maybe we’ll do it again some time…..
So today’s the day. Or rather tonight’s the night…..
We’re delighted to be appearing on BBC2 at 22:00 in “Don’t Forget The Driver” with the amazing (and very friendly when we met him) actor Toby Jones.
Whilst we only play a small part in the episode, you may recognise a familiar face at the Railway opening the carriage doors to Toby’s character, coachdriver Peter Green.
If you have visited our friends around the corner at the Babbacombe Model Village you may also recognise a few things in the episode. The “chase” scene in particular makes for amusing viewing.
It has been a lovely series to have been part of and it was a real pleasure for us to welcome Toby and the film crew last October.
Enjoy Episode 5 this evening everyone.
Please note that we will open at 10am rather than 9am on Tuesday 7/5/19. This is for routine maintenance work to take place before.
Many thanks for your patience and we look forward to your visit.
Saturday 11 May sees the second annual Cliff Railway Day take place. This year, the offering from Babbacombe Cliff Railway is a very simple one. Everyone gets to travel for free. All day. Nicky Allen, Marketing Manager of this historic attraction says “2019 is the tenth anniversary of the community ownership of Babbacombe Cliff Railway. We are celebrating this in many ways and a day of free travel seemed an excellent idea to put into the mix. It gives us the chance to show our appreciation for all those who travel with us by giving them a free day. But, also, should anyone not have travelled with us before, perhaps this is the day to give us a try.”
The railway will run from 9am to 5pm during which time everyone can travel from Babbacombe Downs to Oddicombe Beach, and back, as much as they would like to, completely free of charge.
On Tuesday 7 May in the run up to this great offer, Babbacombe Cliff Railway will also be making an appearance in the new BBC2 show “Don’t forget the driver”. The railway, along with Babbacombe Model Village, features in episode five of this charming series set in Bognor Regis. So, for a bit of Babbacombe on television you can tune in to BBC2 at 10pm on Tuesday 7 May. Alternatively, the whole series is available to watch on i-player. Nicky said “We are delighted that the producers wanted to include Babbacombe Cliff Railway in the show. Babbacombe is a really beautiful area and I think becoming more and more well-known. Various pieces of filming have taken place on the railway and Oddicombe Beach in recent years. While we are very much the cameo while the lovely Model Village has a larger role, we’re happy with that. As two important local attractions we work together to promote both our own businesses and the area as a whole. Makes sense.”