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Welcome . . .

. . . 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 2020, including where to buy tickets, links to our sponsors, beer lists and confirmed musical acts.

You will also find regular updates on Rail Ale on our Twitter feed and on Barrow Hill Roundhouse's Facebook page. Click on the links to follow us. And don't forget to add us to your Favourites list on your internet browser.


What an amazing three days! Thank you to everyone who came to Rail Ale 2019.

An especially big thank you to all our volunteers, without whom there would be no Rail Ale, our sponsors, CAMRA, our ticket outlets and all the pubs who supported us.  We are now looking forward to Rail Ale 20 in 2020 – if you thought 2019 was pretty good, just wait and see what we have planned for next year.


Once again we will be 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 Rail Ale Gin Palace and the Prosecco & Wine Bar.
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. The dedicated FREE bus service will also be running from Chesterfield railway station into the Festival on all three days.

Thursday 14th May will be our Trade and VIP day and we will be taking bookings for this from December 2019. If you are a publican, brewer or supplier to the brewery industry and would like to attend the Trade Day please email us at

tradesession@railalefestival.com.

Thank you everyone and see you soon!

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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 2019 Beer of the Festival - Category Winners and Champion of the Festival, click here for the full list.

Thank you to all those breweries who took part in this year's Beer of the Festival competition. There were some fantastic beers to choose from and all the Category Winners must be congratulated on the quality of beers they put into the competition.

All the beers were judged anonymously by several panels of independent judges and thanks must also go to everyone who offered to undertake this very demanding task - it's such hard work drinking beer!

Well done everyone.
The Rail Ale 2019 team


2019 MAIN SPONSORS

Click here to visit the Everards brewery websiteClick here to visit the Fuller's Brewery website Green King Sponsors of Barrow Hill Rail Ale

2019 SPONSORS

Click here to visite Batemans websiteClick here to visit the websitePlease click here to visit the websiteClick here to visit the website Blue Monkey BreweryClick here to visit the Timothy Taylor brewery websiteClick here to visit the websiteClick here to visit the websiteClick here to visit the oakham ales website


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