Ales by Rails - Beer Festival & Steam Weekend - 23th-26th August 2019
Ales by Rails 2019 is back with the Dereham Beer Festival which takes place at the Mid-Norfolk Railway, over the August Bank Holiday weekend of Friday 23rd August to Monday 26th August.
The railway line is transformed into an 11-mile beer festival, with the main festival site at Dereham Station. The bar will have real ales and ciders from around the country and local breweries, and a live music stage playing on Platform 3/4 under the Canopy. On board most trains there will be local bottled ales. Please note, that beer tokens cannot be accepted on board the trains except the one-third beer tokens on the Sunday Beerex 7pm train.
Steam Driver Experience behind Union of South Africa! Drive for 6 miles and fire for 6 miles for £445 on Tuesday 27th August. Call Dereham Station on 01362851723 to book and find out further information.
We're pleased to announce that the Union of South Africa (60009) locomotive is expected to join us for our Ales by Rail - Beer & Music Festival weekend.
The LNER Gresley A4 streamlined mainline locomotive was built in 1937 and designed to run between London and Scotland on the East Coast Main Line at speeds of up to 100mph when in service. Sister locomotive, Mallard, achieved the world speed record for steam of 126mph in 1938, which still stands today. Union of South Africa was preserved in 1966 by John Cameron and has visited many parts of the UK including our railway. This visit may be the last ever visit by the locomotive to the Mid-Norfolk Railway as its boiler certificate expires this year.
Locomotives & Units
- LNER A4 No. 4488 BR 60009 Union of South Africa
- Hunslet Works No 2857 WD 75008 Swiftsure 0-6-0ST
- BR Diesel Railcar 101836
Please note that locomotives are subject to availability and short notice maintenance requirements.
|Saturday, Sunday, Monday or Weekend Pass
Advance online tickets offer (not on the day) include two free beer tokens for each adult (over 18s only*)
|Day rover fares allow unlimited journeys supplement is payable for evening trains||
|Steam & Diesel
|Families||Up to 2 adults
and 3 children
|Concessions||Over 60s or Disabled||£10||£16||£34|
|MNRPT Members (on the day only)||£8||£14||£32|
|Dogs and Bikes (on the day only)||£1||£1||n/a|
|* Over 18s only - the railway operates a Challenge 25 policy, so please make sure you bring an ID with you to prove your age when requested. A free soft drink will be available for designated drivers and children.|
|Special dining trains hauled by LNER A4 Gresley 60009 Union of South Africa - Special train tickets bought online include day rover. Please exchange your online tickets at Dereham station.||Day Rover
|Online Day Rover
and Special Train
|The Fast Fryer - Saturday 24th at 7pm||£10||£28|
|Cream Tea Special - Sunday 25th at 3:30pm||£8||£26|
|Online Special Beerex train hauled by Union of South Africa Tickets include three beer tokens sample a 1/3 pint of each three types of Bright Beer served onboard (over 18s*) - whilst stocks remain! There is no reservation required for this train. Please exchange your online tickets at Dereham station.||Day Rover
|Online Day Rover and Special Train|
|A4 Beerex - Sunday 25th at 7pm||£3||£21|
a = arrival time d = departure time r = request stop, to board: use a horizontal arm, to alight: tell the guard
* Yaxham, Thuxton, Kimberley Park have no parking facilities, please use Dereham or Wymondham Abbey.
** Hoe/Worthing Level Crossing has no boarding/alighting platform and there are no parking facilities.
DEREHAM FESTIVAL BAR OPENING TIMES
- Friday, Saturday, Sunday - 11am to 11pm
- Monday - 11am to 3pm
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. A Beer Token card for £10 - which equates to either 3 pints or 6 half-pints. Drinks can be served in customer's own marked glasses if they have them with them.
Cash transactions will also be available, but this works out more costly per pint -- £4 Pint or £2 Half-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.
FREE SOFT DRINKS FOR DRIVERS & FAMILY MEMBERS
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.
BEER & CIDER LIST
The most important part of any festival is the beer & cider list. TBC
Live music will run every evening at our unique venue on Platform 3 and 4 under the canopy. Music supported by Ashley Jerome and Dirty Water Vinyl DJ.
- Friday: Against the Grain
- Saturday: Mammal Not Fish & Last Men Standing
- Sunday: Sukko & Bell Ayre