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11th Real Ale & Cider Festival!

7th, 8th & 9th October In association with West Kent CAMRA

Our world renowned Beer & Cider Festival is back for its 11th year – In association with West Kent CAMRA
The South Easts original Railway Beer Festival is back this October with 160 Real Ales and 50 Ciders perfectly complimented by live entertainment at Tunbridge Wells West, a range of food stalls and of course our steam and heritage diesel trains!
The main Real Ale & Cider bar will be at Tunbridge Wells West and additional bars can be found at Groombridge, Eridge and on both trains that will be in operation. 
Trains will operate from 09:30 to 23:00 on Friday 7th & Saturday 8th October and from 10:30 to 18:30 on Sunday 9th October with visiting Caledonian Railway No. 828, Hunslet Austerity No. 2890 'Douglas', visiting Class 25 D7535, Class 33/0 33063 'R. J. Mitchell' and Class 31/4 31430 'Sister Dora' all hauling trains between Tunbridge Wells West and Eridge. Bars will open from 11:00 to 22:30 on Friday 7th and Saturday 8th and from 11:00 to 18:00 on Sunday 9th October.
A provisional list of Real Ales and Ciders for the 2022 event is now available, of course this is subject to change but we'd like to give you an idea of what to expect! 
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!

If you've never been before, take a look at our tasting notes from the 2021 festival: BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 2021 BEER AND CIDER LIST WITH TASTING NOTES


Book tickets

Fri 07 Oct 2022
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!
Sat 08 Oct 2022
Open Day Event departing from: Travel All Day, Any Train!
Sun 09 Oct 2022
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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