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10th Real Ale & Cider Festival!

1st, 2nd & 3rd October In association with West Kent CAMRA

Our world renowned Beer & Cider Festival is back for its 10th year – In association with West Kent CAMRA
The South Easts original Railway Beer Festival is back this October with 150 Real Ales, 30 Ciders plus Bucklers Gin & Prosecco Bar and perfectly complimented by live entertainment, a range of food stalls and of course our steam and heritage diesel trains! This is the 10th Real Ale & Cider Festival to be held at the Spa Valley Railway in conjunction with a group of local real ale loving enthusiasts and we’re pulling out all the stops to make up for missing 2020 and celebrating 10yrs then!
 
Entry to the festival bars at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge & Eridge remains FREE!
 
Trains will be operating on Friday 1st, Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd October between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge using 'Sir Keith Park', 'Douglas', visiting Class 33/0 33002 'Sea King', Class 31/4 31430 'Sister Dora' and Class 33/0 33063 'R. J. Mitchell'.
 
Train times
On Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd trains will depart from Tunbridge Wells West at 10:00, 10:30 and then every 45-minutes until the last departure at 21:45. Trains will depart from Eridge at 10:30 and then every 45-minutes until 21:45 followed by the last departure at 22:20. On Sunday 3rd October trains will depart from Tunbridge Wells west at 10:30 and then every 45-minutes until the last departure at 17:15. Trains will depart Eridge from 11:15 and then every 45-minutes until 18:00.
 
Timetables
We are looking forward to welcoming you back to one of the South East's biggest Real Ale & Cider Festivals, held in association with West Kent CAMRA!
 

BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 2021 BEER AND CIDER LIST WITH TASTING NOTES

Live Entertainment

Friday 1st October

  • Velvet Goldmine - 17:00 to 18:00
  • Higgs & Bosuns - 19:00 to 20:00
  • Tony Patience Band - 21:00 to 22:15

Saturday 2nd October

Sunday 3rd October

Ticket Prices
Entry to stations is FREE, there is no charge to access the festival sites at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge or Eridge, tickets are required for train travel. 
 
The only tickets required are to travel on the trains. If you are a member of CAMRA you will receive a £5 discount on train travel upon production of your in date membership card. This can only be done on the day and not in advance. 

Beer Festival Tokens
Beer and Cider can be purcahsed from the bars at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge and on the trains using a token system, you buy tokens and exchange these tokens at the bars for beer and cider. The Eridge Station Bar and the Bucklers Gin & Prosecco Bar at Tunbridge Wells West will be a cash/card bar where you pay as you wish, tokens are not accepted at Eridge or at the Gin Bar at Tunbridge Wells West.

For those who've never visited before, to get you started at Tunbridge Wells West please visit the Token Desk in the shed upon arrival and simply ask for a 'Starter Pack', there is a free glass included for CAMRA members upon production of a valid membership card. 

Opening Hours Friday 1st & Saturday 2nd October

Opening Hours Sunday 3rd October

Tunbridge Wells West

Groombridge

Eridge

Sankey's Food Bar - Tunbridge Wells West
You can grab a bite to eat around the railway during this event, at Tunbridge Wells West Sankey's will have the following offerings for you to enjoy:

 

Book tickets

Fri 01 Oct 2021
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!
Sat 02 Oct 2021
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!
Sun 03 Oct 2021
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!

Booking information

Tickets booked using the links are for rail travel - entry to the Beer Festival is Free as per guidance above.

Entry to stations is FREE, there is no charge to access the festival sites at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge or Eridge, tickets are required for train travel. 
 
The only tickets required are to travel on the trains. If you are a member of CAMRA you will receive a £5 discount on train travel upon production of your in date membership card. This can only be done on the day and not in advance online.

Note that a £10 admin fee applies to all booking alterations.

Click here to view our refund, cancellation and alterations policy

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