Thanks for entering our competition - we'll be in touch if you are a winner.

  1. The Harwich Festival Event Train Competition is organised by Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership (“ESSCRP”) of Essex County Council PO Box 11, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1LX (“ECC”).
  2. The Competition is not open to employees who work on behalf of ESSCRP
  3. A winner of the competition will be selected at random by the Rail Development Manager of Essex County Council, who can be found at PO Box 11, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1LX.
  4. In the event of any dispute regarding the competition, the decision of ESSCRP shall be binding and no correspondence or discussion shall be entered into.
  5. The competition requires the entrant to submit their details and sign up for a periodical newsletter.  The entrant may unsubscribe at any time after receiving the first newsletter using the unsubscribe link contained within the newsletter.
  6. The participant confirms that they are happy for their name to be used in conjunction with announcing the winner of the competition in future marketing material or newsletters.
  7. Entries must be made through the website event page for The Harwich Festival Event Train - and no alternative entry route is offered.
  8. There is no cost to entering this competition and no reimbursement shall be made in respect of costs incurred in entering the competition.
  9. The prize is 4 return tickets for use only on and within the Greater Anglia Network (with exception of Whittlesey to Peterborough).  There is no cash prize alternative.
  10. All entrants should be received by 17:00 on 3 July 2015.  Entries after this will not be included into the prize draw.  Those entries will still be added to the mailing list. 
  11. ESSCRP and ECC handles information in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Freedom of Information Act 2000 and is the data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Act.  Any personal information will be used to send you newsletters as part of this competition, inform you if you were successful as the competition winner and we will only pass your details to another agency if it is required by law or that agency is relevant to your enquiry. We do not collect personal information for commercial purposes.



Could you be a Volunteer or Station Adopter?

A Station Adopter is all manner of things from someone who just wants to look after the station garden,  someone who wants to improve the station environment by producing artwork on the platforms or do something else - like our station adopters at Wivenhoe who produce a monthly leaflet for passengers with local peoples poems.

If you don't have the time or want to commit to adopting a station, you could volunteer to support our adopters by watering plants once a month or joining in with line events, such as the Bucket and Spade train and our Sea Shanty Train.  

Our station adopters are really active in looking after the station environment, with new gardens at Great Bentley, Harwich, Weeley, Battlesbridge and Bures.  We have also installed new art at Braintree Freeport and Frinton.  

If you only have an hour a week or longer to spare then you can make a real difference to your station environment. We also like to hear from artists who may want to help contribute to the their local station or line.  If you want more information on how you can get involved please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on 07557081543

Essex & South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership hold many events in the calendar year, with the aim to encourage more people to use the train. Our popular events include the annual Santa train held on the Crouch Valley Line, Wickford to Southminster which is full of fun for the children and parents.  Highlights include meeting Father Christmas and Rudolph letting the train take the strain as they walk through the carriages and giving out presents.

The Halloween train on the Manningtree to Harwich Mayflower line is a spooky but fun experience with cobweb carriages and lots of activities to do on the train journey such as competitions, activity packs, games, tattoo’s and ghostly tales.

The Sea Shanty is our newest annual event, first ran in 2013 and has grown since, with more trains being ran year on year.  Whilst travelling on the Mayflower line to Harwich you will be joined by a sea shanty crew who will entertain you with songs of the sea, travelling in a highly decorated train and lots of fancy dressed people in sea fare! 


We are proud that so many people get to enjoy our events - below are some photos from various events we've held.

Introducing... Terri.