Rail Ale Trail
Tours Programme 2013
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*:
- A full line return ticket on the East Lancashire Railway with unlimited travel all day
- A guided tour between 4 to 5 hours by a qualified Blue or Green Badge tour guide
- A hearty pub lunch such as pie & chips, hotpot & chips (Vegetarian option available on request)
- A bottle of ELR ale by local Outstanding Brewery
We 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
|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|
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.