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Bad Manners Live Rail Ale Party Night



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Tickets are now on sale for Rail Ale 2023 – the most atmospheric music and beer festival of them all!  

Once again, we have lined up three days of fantastic entertainment for you all.  One of the highlights will be Rail Ale Party Night featuring 1980s icons Bad Manners with the big man himself at the helm – Buster Bloodvessel

On Friday night, we’ll be welcoming Highway Child, the hugely popular Sheffield-based soul, funk and blues band and a must-have fixture on the Rail Ale calendar.  Saturday night will see Flash, one of the best Queen tribute bands in the country, bringing the 2023 Festival to a suitably Mercurial close!  And we musn’t forget all those lovely beers and ciders, the renowned Rail Ale Gin Palace and, of course, the Rail Ale trains. 

Tickets are now available for each day of the Festival and we are also offering a three-day Rail Ale Weekend Pass which will include entry to Rail Ale Party Night with Bad Manners!

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 are now taking bookings for this. If you are a publican, brewer or supplier to the brewery industry and would like to attend the Trade Day please email us at

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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.

Martin Kemp Live at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Rail Ale Festival

Rail Ale Party Night

Bad Manners, featuring vocalist, Buster Bloodvessel, are the best in British ska, known for their bald, enormous-bodied frontman's silly on-stage antics and their 2-Tone tracks including UK hits such as "Ne-Ne Na-Na Na-Na Nu-Nu," "Lip Up Fatty," "Special Brew," and "Can Can.”

Outrageous and enigmatic, they are one of the country’s best loved live acts.  The ska craze might have peaked in the mid 80s but the band have been on tour ever since, getting people dancing all over the world. Now in their 45th year and showing no signs of stopping, Buster and the Bad Manners boys are making an eagerly awaited first appearance at Rail Ale.

So get your boots on, it’s time to party Bad Manners style!

Bad Manners will be supported by Brew Droop, a Derbyshire-based three-piece funky reggae party band playing all the classics.

6.30pm                Doors open

7.45pm                Brew Droop

9.00pm                Bad Manners 

Please note this is an all standing event.

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Where to stay - special offer

Wanting to make the most of your visit to the Rail Ale Festival and explore the Chesterfield area during your stay? 

Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa is a beautiful 19th century Grade 2 manor house set amongst 6 acres of formal award-winning gardens and surrounded by 29 acres of parkland.  The hotel is only a short hop in the car or a 20-minute walk to Barrow Hill Roundhouse, the venue for the Rail Ale Festival.  

Use the discount code “Barrow10” when booking your stay and you will get 10% of the hotel’s best available rates.  Visit the hotel website 
www.ringwoodhallhotel.comto make your booking and use the discount code when requested.

Ringwood Hall Hotel & Spa, Ringwood Road, Brimington, Chesterfield, S43 1DQ
Tel: +44 (0)1246 280077


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