Guildford Model Engineering Society

Private Parties

Who Are We?

This is not a commercial business, just a group of friends who like running trains and find that the parties help to pay for improvements to our facilities.

What we provide

We provide unlimited train rides for your party guests on our ground-level passenger carrying railway and offer the use of the clubhouse and grounds, where there is ample room for a bouncy castle or other activity. We usually try to run two trains, one of which will be hauled by a steam locomotive (subject to availability). We do not provide food or drink but you can use the tables and chairs in our clubhouse or have a picnic on the grass if the weather is fine. We have a small tea bar with kettles, but no cooking facilities.

Before booking, please bring your child to one of our open afternoons to make sure that they actually like riding on the trains. Please note that on party days the railway layout in the clubhouse and the garden railway are not usually operating.


We generally limit the party to 30 children and we ask that you come with sufficient adults to keep an eye on everyone (we suggest a ratio of roughly one adult for every three children).


Parties generally last three hours at a time of your choice between 11:00 and 16:00.


For operational reasons, party days are strictly limited to about ten Saturdays from March to October and are generally decided towards the end of the previous year.


The cost for 2019 is 260, and a 50% deposit is payable on booking.


For more details or to make a booking please phone our Birthday Party Manager, Martin Parnham, on 01932 840648 or e-mail parties(at)