WELLING AND DISTRICT MODEL ENGINEERING SOCIETY Founded 1945

Affiliated to the Southern Federation

WDMES Party Bookings

The Welling and District Society Model Engineering Society facilities can be booked for parties on a limited number of days throughout the year. We currently only have the following Saturday dates available for booking:-

September 8th 22nd

Both of these dates will be balloted for - on, or soon after, 01 July - as we already have more than one person asking for each of them. If you want to add your name to the ballot, please e-mail our  

Parties are run from 2pm to 4pm with the trains running and access to the site will be made available no earlier than 12:30. As the volunteers want to pit the site to bed as soon as possible at the party’s end, we ask that you vacate the site shortly after the booked finish time.

A non-refundable deposit of £70.00 must then be paid within one week of us confirming that you have successfully booked your requested date, with the balance paid no later than two weeks before the party.

Should the person booking the party not pay the deposit and balance within the timescales required, or cancel the booking, we will offer the date to the next person in the balloted list requesting that date. If we are able to re-sell the date, we will then refund the £70.00 deposit.

The total cost of a party in 2018 is £150.00 for up to 20 children.

Additional children will be charged at £5.00 per head - except for toddlers under 2 years old and “babes in arms”. A reasonable number of supervising adults must attend, and we request that children are supervised and under the control of these adults at all times whilst on site.

As our site is part of a Public Utility’s facility, access is via a locked gate. One adult from your party supervisors must, therefore, attend the gate to admit and release guest from the site.

We provide the following facilities : A hot water boiler and gas stove plus tables and chairs inside the Club-Room. Additional Picnic tables will available outside. Please be advised, that you should bring bottled water for drinking cold and diluting squash type soft-drinks.

We request that you bag all rubbish in the black bin-bags provided and remove it from our site at the end of the party, as we don’t have the luxury of a council refuse collection.

A minimum of two trains will be provided throughout your party, and a short break would be appreciated mid-party. This can usually be planned to coincide with the children eating their party food and the ceremony of cutting the birthday cake.

The 2018 terms and conditions are available to download.

For more information, please email our