Ales by Rails - Beer Festival & Steam Weekend - 24th-27th August 2018

Ales by Rails 2018 is back with the Dereham Beer Festival which takes place at the Mid-Norfolk Railway, over the August Bank Holiday weekend of Friday 24th August to Monday 27th August.

The railway line is transformed into an 11-mile beer festival, with the main festival site at Dereham Station. The bar will have up to 50 real ales and ciders from around the country and local breweries, and a live music stage (see below) playing on Platform 3, Under the Canopy. On board most trains there will be local bottled ales from Wolf Brewery. Please note, that beer tokens cannot be accepted on board the trains.

Confirmed Locomotives

  • BR Standard 4MT 80078
  • GWR Hawksworth Large Pannier Tank 9466
  • Hunslet Austerity Swiftsure 75008

Train Services

We are planning an intensive service with late night trains - timetables will be available nearer the event

Train Fares

Rover tickets - valid on all trains
Available online and on the day
1 day 2 days 3 days
Adult £15 £17 £32 £45
Family (up to 2 adults 3 children) £30 £34 £64 £90
Child (aged 5 to 15) £4 £9 £18 £25
Child (aged under 5) Free Free Free Free
Concession (Over 60s or Disabled) £12 £15 £30 £45

Members of the Mid-Norfolk Railway
Available on the day only

£10 £12 £24 £36
Dereham Station - platform tickets
Available to purchase on the day,
not valid for travel
£2 £3 £5 £7

Friday, Saturday & Sunday 
11:00 - 23:30
Bank Holiday Monday 11:00 - Late or when the beer is gone!
Last orders will be called 15 mins before the bar closes.

*While not connected to the railway's event, there is a beer festival taking place at the Green Dragon Pub in Wymondham a short walk from Wymondham Abbey Halt. This is a great event to use the railway to sample both festivals beers.

Like most beer festivals, we operate a token system at the festival bar. The best and cheapest way to buy your drink will be by a token. Each beer costs a set number of tokens per half-pint.
You can buy a Starter Pack (Glass and four tokens) for £10. Each additional card of tokens costs £10.
(There are no refunds available on unused tokens or glasses)

Cash transactions will also be available, but this works out more costly per pint.

There is a card machine at Dereham to allow you to make purchases on your credit/debit cards.

Note: The railway does not have a cash machine at any of the stations. Nearest cash machines:
Dereham: Morrisons supermarket, 1 min walk from Dereham station
Wymondham Abbey: One Stop Shop, a 10 min walk into the town from Wymondham Abbey Station.

Found a beer or cider you love? Take-Two Pints home!
Back by popular demand, you can carry out any two pints of your favourite beer or cider to help you continue your celebrations after the festival has closed for the night. There is a small 50p charge to cover the cost of the carton.

Back by popular demand, a new limited edition festival glass has been produced.
2018 Beer Glasses cost £4 per glass and are non-refundable, but it is cheaper to get your glass as part of a starter pack.
You can hire a glass for £1.

We want as many people as possible to enjoy our festival. If you're with people who are buying alcohol, and you're the designated driver, or just having an alcohol free evening, you can have free soft drinks from the main festival bar only - just show us your car keys or speak to bar staff.

The most important part of any festival is the beer & cider list. Here is the 2017 list to view, the 2018 list will be available nearer the event. download here.

Live music will run every evening at our unique venue on Platform 3, Under the Canopy. On Monday, an Open Mic day has been organised during the day.
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