Click here to book tickets online Floyd in The Flesh in concert at Barrow Hill Roundhouse

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. . . to Rail Ale Festival's dedicated website, where you can find information on previous Festivals and keep up-to-date with news of Rail Ale 2018, including where to buy tickets, links to our sponsors, beer lists and confirmed musical acts.

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Tickets for Rail Ale 2018 are on sale now through - click here.

Advance tickets are priced at £5 on Thursday and £7 on Friday and Saturday.  A booking fee applies.

Once again we are lining up three days of fantastic entertainment for you. 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. In yet another innovation for the Festival, this year we are delighted to announce the arrival of the Rail Ale “Gin Palace” which will feature a variety of gins from across the country, with a particular focus on gins from the local area.

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.  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 that was completed in September 2017.  The dedicated FREE bus service will also be running from Chesterfield railway station into the Festival on all three days. There really is something for everyone at Rail Ale!

Thursday of Rail Ale 2018 will also be our Trade and VIP day and we are now taking bookings for this. If you are a publican, brewer or supplier to the brewery industry and would like to attend the Trade Day please email us at

We are also now taking bookings for our very popular VIP lunch event. If you would like more information about this or to book a table please email

Thank you everyone and see you in May!

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Please note that although we welcome children 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.

Rail Ale 2018 presents a new event for 2018 - The Grand Thursday Evening Concert

Taking place on Thursday 17th May 2018

Starring Floyd in the Flesh, a 7-piece Pink Floyd tribute band, all passionate Floyd fans who have worked hard to perfect the unique sound of Pink Floyd.

Playing songs from albums including Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, Meddle, Division Bell, The Wall and more. A real treat for all Rail Ale and Pink Floyd fans. Enjoy the delights of the most atmospheric beer and music festival of the year with over 350 real ales and prosecco and gin bars, and one of the very best tribute bands in the UK.

Ticket are now on sale through
priced at £12.00 plus a booking fee. T: 0871 220 0260

Tickets will be available on the day priced at £15.00. Doors and bars open at 6.00pm. Floyd in the Flesh will be on stage at 7.45pm.

Click here to get a preview of the treat that’s in store for Rail Ale and Pink Floyd fans on Thursday 17th May

Please note this is a separately ticketed event to Rail Ale 2018.

Floyd in the Flesh

Rail Ale Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, DerbyshireEvents at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, derbyshire