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Rail Ale 2024 Beer of the Festival - Category Winners and Champion of the Festival, click here for the full list.

Thank you to all those breweries who took part in the 2024 Beer of the Festival competition. Thanks also go to all our panel members from CAMRA and the brewing and hospitality industry for giving up their afternoon to help with the judging.

The competition entries were blind tasted by a panel of judges during the Trade Session on Thursday afternoon with all the Gold category winners going forward to a final blind 'drink off' to choose the Champion Beer.

Congratulations to all our winners - the judges had a pretty hard time choosing the Champion Beer – Day Tripper from Liquid Light Brew Company – from a very competitive line up of beers from near and far.



In July 2023, Barrow Hill Roundhouse was delighted to welcome longstanding volunteer and Ashgate Hospice specialist nurse Lynda Parrish to the Roundhouse to thank her for her amazing fundraising for the Hospice during the 2023 Rail Ale Festival.  She raised an incredible £1831.30 and we’d like to thank all the Rail Ale goers who donated cash and unused beer tokens to such a great cause. 

We are very proud of our links with Ashgate Hospice and grateful for the support they give to so many people in the Chesterfield area.


Camping at Rail Ale 2024

We have a dedicated camping area for those wishing to spend more time at the Festival.  You can stay for one, two or all three nights. To book a space please email providing the following information:

Our camping co-ordinator will then get in touch to confirm your booking. 

Please note that we are adding facilities to this year’s camping area so a daily fee will be payable to cover the cost of this.

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% off the hotel’s best available rates.

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

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