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Rail Ale Trail

Tours Programme 2013

47324 Irwell Vale 250812 IF_webJoin a jolly crowd on one of our organised trails for a more in-depth tour with fascinating stories about the local area, its people and traditions, hilarious historical accounts and great local ale!

What is included?

The tours cost £29.50 per person unless otherwise stated and include a guided tour, pub stops and a lunch along the East Lancashire Railway depending on the tour you have picked. Each tour includes*:

JCP-1234We aim to provide a quality experience for everyone by offering a maximum of 25 places for each tour. Different tours are available throughout the year but pre-booking is essential. The tours start at Bury Bolton Street Station with the option to continue your journey on the railway after the tour.

All tours focus on the history and heritage of the local area, its brewing traditions and the people who shaped them over the centuries. Please note that hen and stag  dos are not allowed on the guided tours. The East Lancashire Railway reserves the right to refuse entry and travel to any customers who join the tour as part of a stag or hen do, or are too heavily under the influence of alcohol.

Tours and Dates 2013

Date Tour Start Finish Service Lunch
9th February Big Whistle Folk Train (£26.50 per person) 10am 1.20pm Steam and diesel hauled service Irwell Works Brewery, Ramsbottom
2nd March Classic Ramsbottom & Summerseat Trail – Diesel Gala Special 11.30am 4pm Diesel-hauled service The Railway
16th March Porter, Paddy’s and the ‘Wylde’ 12pm 4.30pm Diesel Multiple Unit service Irwell Works Brewery, Ramsbottom
23rd March Classic Summerseat & Ramsbottom Tour 11.30am 4.40pm Steam and diesel hauled service Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom
20th April British Beer Sampling 11.15am 4.40pm Steam service The First Chop, Ramsbottom
27th April Classic Summerseat & Ramsbottom Tour 11.30am 4.40pm Steam and diesel hauled service Hamers Arms, Summerseat
11th May Classic Summerseat & Ramsbottom Tour – BBQ Special - featuring The Rocket 11.30am 4.40pm Steam and diesel hauled service Hamers Arms, Summerseat
18th May Classic Summerseat & Ramsbottom Tour – Forever Bury Beer Festival 11.30am 4.30pm Steam and diesel hauled service The Railway. Ramsbottom
15th June Father’s Day Special - featuring The Rocket 12pm 4.40pm Steam-hauled service The Railway, Ramsbottom
16th June Father’s Day Special 12pm 4.40pm Steam-hauled service Irwell Works Brewery, Ramsbottom
29th June Beer-n-Boots 11.30am 5.24pm Steam and diesel hauled service Shoulder of Mutton, Ramsbottom
13th July The Business of Brewing 11.30am 4.40pm Steam and diesel hauled service Hamers Arms, Summerseat
20th July Classic Summerseat & Ramsbottom Tour – Raise the Roof Special - featuring The Rocket 12.30pm 5.24pm Steam and diesel hauled service Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom
27th July Celebrating Post Steam Beer Decades 11.30am 4.30pm Steam service Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom
28th July Celebrating Post Steam Beer Decades 11.30am 4.30pm Steam Service Hearth of the Ram, Ramsbottom
10th August British Beer Sampling with Magic Rock 11.30am 5.24pm Steam and diesel hauled service The First Chop, Ramsbottom
31st August A Journey East to Heywood and Rochdale 11.30am 4.40pm Steam and diesel hauled service TBC
7th September Beer-n-Boots 11.30am 5.24pm Steam and diesel hauled service TBC
14th September British Beer Sampling with Red Willow Brewery 11.30am 5.24pm Steam and diesel hauled service First Chop, Ramsbottom
21st September Classic Summerseat & Ramsbottom Tour 11.30am 4.40pm Steam and diesel hauled service Hamers Arms, Summerseat
26th October Pale Ale Halloween Trail 12pm 4.40pm Steam-hauled service The Railway, Ramsbottom
9th November A Journey East to Heywood and Rochdale 11.30am 4.40pm Steam and diesel hauled service TBC
16th November British Beer Sampling with Marble Beers 11.30am 5.24pm Steam and diesel hauled service First Chop, Ramsbottom
23rd November Lancashire Day Special 10am 3.45pm Steam and diesel hauled service Irwell Works Brewery, Ramsbottom

 

Book Tickets

Please note that tickets that are purchased online are subject to a mandatory booking fee and postage charge. The booking fee is charged at 10% of the face value of the ticket with a minimum booking fee of £1.25 and capped at £6.50 per ticket. Postage is charged at £2 to cover ticket print, postage and packaging.

Ticket prices are stated exclusive of booking and postage fees but all extra charges are displayed in an open and transparent way before you confirm your booking. We use online booking to ensure that we can provide you with a 24-hours service that suits your needs. If you continue to use the online booking channel we’ll assume that you are happy with the extra  charges.

Private Rail Ale Tours, whether it is a birthday party, a teambuilding exercise or a corporate event, are available and can be tailored to your individual group requirements. Contact us on 0161 764 7790 to find out more. Please note that we do not accept bookings for stag or hen parties.

* Drinks not included unless otherwise stated.