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9th CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival & Autumn Steam and Diesel Gala

Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October 2019

One of the biggest beer & cider festivals in Kent & Sussex is returning for the 9th year!

200+ Real Ales, 40+ Ciders, 35+ Green Hop Beers plus more beverages!

Festival Guide – Including Beer, Keg and Cider Tasting Notes.

Timetable of trains click here

Our major Real Ale and Cider event, only made possible through the support of West Kent CAMRA, returns for its 9th year from Friday 18th to Sunday 20th October 2019. With 200+ Real Ales, 40+ Green Hop Beers, a craft beer bar featuring UK Keg & European Beers & 30+ Ciders, this is the event you do not want to miss.

The main festival takes place in our Victorian Engine Shed at Tunbridge Wells West where you can enjoy a pint or two throughout the day in between train rides if you wish. We're operating our 50 minute interval train service and with the festival continuing on the trains and at Groombridge and Eridge Stations, the whole railway comes life with some wonderful local brews! Trains operate from 09:00 until around 23:00 on the Friday and Saturday evening and from 10:00 to 18:00 on the Sunday.

For the first time ever we are running a visiting Edwardian steam locomotive Great Easten Railway Y14 No. 564 built in 1912 for this event alongside our impressive line up of heritage diesel locomotives which for 2019.


Please note: Due to a mechanical failure surrounding the bearing within the generator set, discovered on 12/10/19, Class 27 27001 will not be operating at this event, the locomotive was due to return to Scotland after the Beer Festival so will be returning to Bo'ness for repairs. We are grateful to the Class 27 Loco Group for the hire of this fantastic engine!

Tickets are just £20 per adult or £10 per child for unlimited travel all day from the first to the last train.

Members of CAMRA who produce their membership card can travel for just £15*.

Please note: This facility for CAMRA members to travel at £15 is not available online and is only available from our Ticket Offices on the day of the event. Those wishing to purchase discounted train tickets should only do so from our Ticket Offices, asking for a CAMRA member rover and producing their in date CAMRA membership card. We are unable to refund the difference at our Ticket Offices should you choose to purchase a full price ticket online, a refund for any tickets purchased online will be in conjunction with our Refunds and Cancellations policy and will incur a £10 admin fee.

Tunbridge Wells West

Live Entertainment in Tunbridge Wells West Engine Shed:

Friday 18th October

Saturday 19th October

Sunday 20th October

High Rocks



Booking information

Rover tickets are valid for unlimited travel on the day of issue. If you select an e-ticket please ensure you print it off and bring it with you on the day, you will not be required to exchange it however you must have it in printed form for our staff to check.

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

For our full refund, cancellations and alterations please see here.

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