Ales on the rails to wet a few whistles

North Weald Station will see the return of the Real Ale Festival on 20-22nd July, with a planned menu of 75+ ales and 20+ ciders. Friday and Saturday evenings will see drinkers entertained with folk music and Sunday, London City Voices choir will bring the festival to a close.

This year, the theme draws inspiration from the commemoration of the 50 years since the final regular steam service on British Rail. Since the last services ran around Carlisle, Liverpool and Manchester, a selection of 18 beers from the North West have been specially brought south.

Alongside the large range of ales, there’ll be a mouth-watering selection of hot and cold meals served throughout the day. Regular connecting buses run from Epping (Underground) and Shenfield (Greater Anglia) stations and are included in the price of the Epping Ongar Railway day ticket. New this year is an additional bus service to and from Harlow Town railway station which will leave Harlow at 11.15 and 12.15, returning late afternoon, meaning for the first time Cambridge is connected to the festival.

For full details of the bus services and beers, see


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