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Rail Ale Festival

Rail Ale Festival - Image Credit: Paul Bigland

The popular Rail Ale is back for 2024 and will take place on 16th, 17th and 18th May 2024. 

Three days of fantastic entertainment and not forgetting all those beers and ciders, the renowned Rail Ale Gin Palace and, of course, the Rail Ale trains.

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 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 all visitors.

As part of the Rail Ale Festival 2023 at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, organisers are hosting the Rail Ale Party Night – more details to be announced soon.


Tickets include

  • Entry to the event
  • Commemorative glass
  • Programme
  • Train rides until 5pm (Friday and Saturday)

The dedicated FREE bus service will also be running from Chesterfield railway station into the Festival on all three days.

Please note that although children are welcome at Rail Ale, all under 18s must leave the Festival at 5pm on each day. This is strictly an adults-only event from 5pm. Thank you for your cooperation.

Thursday is the Trade and VIP day. If you are a publican, brewer or supplier to the brewery industry and would like to attend the Trade Day please email


  • Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre, Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill Chesterfield, S43 2PR


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