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Welcome . . .

. . . to Rail Ale Festival's dedicated website, where you can find information on previous Festivals and keep up-to-date with news of Rail Ale 2023, including where to buy tickets, links to our sponsors, beer lists and confirmed musical acts.

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Planning for Rail Ale 2023 is well under way and tickets will be going on sale later in 2022 for the most atmospheric music and beer festival of them all!  

Watch this space for confirmation of who we have lined up for three days of fantastic entertainment.  Rail Ale 2022 featured some fantastic acts including Martin Kemp with his Back to the 80s DJ set, Jungle Lion, a 10-piece SKA and reggae covers band, and Everly Pregnant Brothers, Sheffield’s most famous export after Henderson’s Relish.  And we musn’t forget all those beers and ciders, the renowned Rail Ale Gin Palace and, of course, the Rail Ale trains. 

Tickets will be available for each day of the Festival but we will also be offering a three-day Rail Ale Weekend Pass which will include entry to our Rail Ale Party Night!

To quench the thirst there will be over 350 real ales from around the country including many brewed locally in Derbyshire and South Yorkshire, a great range of ciders and craft beers, the hugely popular Rail Ale Gin Palace and a sprinkling of sparkle with the Prosecco & Wine bar.

For music lovers there will be fantastic live music in the marquee and on the main stage from jazz and brass through acoustic, funk and soul to rock and roll. 

The Street Food Court will be on hand to provide you with a tasty range of food to suit every appetite from pork pies to pizza and hog roast to noodles.

Between 12noon and 5pm on Friday and Saturday the popular Rail Ale train will be running for our visitors. The dedicated shuttle bus service will also be running from Chesterfield railway station into the Festival on all three days.

Please note that it is over 18s only after 5.00pm on all three days of the Festival.

Thursday 18th May will be our Trade and VIP day and we will be taking bookings for this when tickets go on sale later in 2022. If you are a publican, brewer or supplier to the brewery industry and would like to attend the Trade Day please email us at

If you would like further information on our Rail Ale Festival VIP packages please email:

Thank you everyone and see you soon!

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Please note that although we welcome children at Rail Ale, all under 18s must leave the Festival at 5.00pm on each day.  This is strictly an adults-only event from 5.00pm.  Thank you for your cooperation.

2022 Rail Ale Beer of the Festival

Martin Kemp Live at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Rail Ale Festival

The competition entries were blind tasted by a panel of judges during the Trade Session at Rail Ale 2022 on 19th May, with all the Gold category winners going forward to a final blind 'drink off' to choose the Champion Beer.

Our thanks go to all our panel members from CAMRA and the brewing and hospitality industry for giving up their afternoon to help. Congratulations to all our winners - the judges had a pretty hard time choosing from a very competitive line up of beers from near and far.


Low Gravity Beers – Pale
Gold: Hollow Stone Brewing Co. – Oligo Nunk
Silver: Oakham Ales – Citra
Bronze: Welbeck Abbey Brewery – Skylight

Strong Beers – Pale
Gold: Shipstone's – India Pale Ale
Silver: Neepsend Brew Co – Boreas
Bronze: Beermats Brewing - Razzmatazz

Low Gravity Beers – Brown
Gold: Welbeck Abbey Brewery – Red Feather
Silver: Derby Brewing Company – Business As Usual
Bronze: Whim Ales – Magic Mushroom

Strong Beers – Brown
Gold: Oakham Ales - Kaizen
Silver: Derby Brewing Company– You Had Me At IPA
Bronze: Muirhouse Brewery – Tick Tock Boom

Low Gravity Beers – Dark
Gold: Timothy Taylor's Brewery – Dark Mild
Silver: Muirhouse Brewery – Blueberry Porter
Bronze: Aurora Brewing Co – Eclipse

Strong Beers – Dark
Gold: Lenton Lane Brewery – Twist & Stout
Silver: Ossett Brewery - Voodoo
Silver: Moody Fox Brewing Co. – Black Dog

Speciality Beers
Gold: Alter Ego Brewing Co – S’More Fire
Silver: Hollow Stone Brewing Co. – Sorbeto Grapefruit WIT IPA
Bronze: Stancill Brewery - Katie



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