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Forthcoming Events

Rail Ale Festival 2020

Barrow Hill Roundhouse and the Rail Ale Team have issued a joint statement regarding the coronavirus (covid-19) outbreak:

“It is with the utmost sadness that we have made the decision to postpone this year’s celebration of 20 years of the Rail Ale Beer & Music Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse.”

“As the country comes together to deal with the threat of coronavirus we must all do what we can to overcome it. Following discussions with all those involved in the organisation of the event – which was due to take place on 14th, 15th and 16th May 2020 – we have agreed that this year’s Festival will now take place on 13th, 14th and 15th August 2020, subject to the Government’s advice at that time.”

2020 will be the 20th Rail Ale Beer & Music Festival and the Rail Ale team have been hard at work for several months deciding how this land mark event can be well and truly celebrated!

To quench the thirst there will be over 350 real ales from around the country including many brewed very close to this corner of Derbyshire, a great range of ciders and craft beers and the return of the incredibly popular Prosecco Bar and Gin Palace.

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 Food Court will be on hand to provide you with a tasty range of food to suit every appetite from pork pies to pancakes and hog roast to pizza; not forgetting the chocolate, the cheese and even coffee!

Between 12noon and 5pm on Friday and Saturday the popular Rail Ale train will be running for our visitors.


Tickets include

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

Entry to the Festival also includes entry to the museum and the new exhibitions and interactive displays provided courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund project.

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.

Craig Charles Funk & Soul Party Night

The first special 20th Rail Ale celebrations takes place on 14th May when the Roundhouse welcomes the one and only Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club. The legendary actor, host and broadcaster is one of the UK’s most popular funk and soul DJs.

The Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club will be supported by the amazing Highway Child, who have headlined Rail Ale for the past three years. This soul, funk and blues band from Sheffield is a main stay of the Yorkshire music scene, playing many festivals and gigs across the UK.

Please note this is a separately ticketed event to Rail Ale 2020.




Trade and VIP day

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

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


  • - 12pm - 5pm Thursday 12pm - 11pm Friday and Saturday

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