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Raise a glass to the railway!
Discover the finest in local beers and ciders at the East Lancashire Railway’s brand new Beer and Cider Festival. Bury, Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall will each be representing a different aspect of the local brewing scene, so make sure you pick up a train ticket and explore!
The Trackside – Beer-hemoth – Glass of the titans!
Fee-fi-fo-fum, we smell a chance to have some fun! We’re celebrating the giants of the local brewing industry with more beer than you can shake a beanstalk at. Unfortunately we can no longer accept payment in magic beans…
Platform 2 Activity Centre – Amazing Cider-Man
We’ve got a real super treat that’s sure to get your cider-senses tingling as the newly refurbished activity centre becomes centre stage for a cider sideshow! Just remember, with great Cider comes great responsibility.
Ramsbottom – Arts and Crafts
Crafty Beer Cans, a specialist retailer of canned craft beer, will be joining us on the platform at Ramsbottom selling a large range of chilled craft beers to enjoy at the station, on the train or at home later. Find out more about them here.
Rawtenstall – Mellow Submarine
Decked out in 1960s finery to celebrate the Rossendale 60s Festival, Rawtenstall station will be showing off the best in locally brewed ales, the perfect treat for hops loving homebodies looking to get a bit groovy!
Entry Ales on the Rails is free. Standard fares apply for train travel. Tickets will be available to buy online soon.
Friday and Saturday evening will see bands, including The Cellar Machine and Jimmy Tweed & The Roaches perform at Bury Bolton Street Station. The line-up is as follows:
- Friday - The Cellar Machine headline, support by Sarah Dixon
- Saturday - Jimmy Tweed and the Roaches headline, support by Naked Studio
The Buffer Stops will see additional performances during the day on Sunday and throughout the evening.
You could also finish with some local flavour at the regular Sunday Sessions gig, featuring local talent and taking place at The Trackside on Sunday night.
Dates, Times & Prices
Ales on the Rails takes place on 8, 9 and 10 September 2017. Admission into the beer festival is FREE. Standard fares apply for train travel. £14.80 per adult and £13.30 per concession for a Freedom of the Line ticket (includes unlimited travel). The train timetable for the weekend can be downloaded below.