Real Ale Festival19, 20, 21 July

Real Ale Festival 

Our 7th Real Ale Festival will be held between 19 and 21 July, in association with the Campaign for Real Ale.

The event has grown over the years and we expect this trend to continue - expect more beers, lots of trains and more fun in 2019!

We will be featuring over 75 different beers, over 20 ciders and the popular real ale trains where the on-board bars allow passengers to buy a beer on the move.

The festival has built its success on buying from small independent brewers across London and Essex. Expect the same again this year, perhaps with a few far flung guests too!

Real Ale Festival - Beer Barrels Real Ale Festival - Bar

As well as the main marquee we plan to have bars with at least 10 real ales onboard the trains which will continue to run until closing time. Our main marquee bar will be open from 12.00 to 22.00 on Friday and Saturday and from 12.00 to 17.00 on Sunday, with the bar on the train open from the first departure. 

Steam and Diesel trains will be in operation and your ticket is valid for unlimited travel on our trains and buses. 


Real Ale Festival Bumper Package Ticket

New for 2019 This ticket allows you to pay up front for your travel fare, festival glass and first set of beer tokens, to the value of £9. Should you require further beer tokens, these can be purchased from the token sales chalet, shop or on either train bar. The festival bumper ticket package can only be pre-booked using the options at the bottom of the page.

Leave the car behind!

It's easy to get to us, connecting heritage buses will link North Weald station with Epping Underground (Central Line) and Shenfield (National Rail) stations. Last bus to Epping will be at 2200 hours (but we won't leave anyone behind!!)

More details will be added to this page as our plans develop.

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The following great value fares apply, with discounts for card carrying CAMRA members, giving unlimited travel on trains and buses all day long. Book your tickets online, below. 

In advance: Adult £14; CAMRA Member £13; Concessions £13; Child £7; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £36. Bumper ticket package (see above) £25
On the day: Adult £15; CAMRA Member £14; Concessions £14; Child £8; Family (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £39


Real Ales and Ciders

As well as real ale and cider in the marquee, our on train bars will have at least 1.0 real ales available (subject to stocks!). A full list of the Real Ales and ciders we expect to offer will be available here before the event

We will operate a token system; tokens can be purchased by cash or card at the shop at North Weald or at the token sales point; trains will take cash only.



Folk music will play around the marquee and trains both Friday and Saturday evenings, with a choir on Sunday afternoon.


Al Neville, Rachel Eyres and Sally Vinson (Folk) entertain us onboard the trains, on the platform and around the marquee! To quote Al, "As usual we'll play on the platform, on the train and wherever we can! We can promise a good old singalong and some foot-stomping tunes as the beer flows. We love this festival and I'm sure you will too."


Stumblefingers and the Dogjammers (Folk - on board the 19.15 and 19.45 services from North Weald and the 20.15 service from Ongar. <


The Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar Station

The Penny Salon Gallery at Ongar station will have the final part of a photographic display Geoff Silcock featuring some of his favourite images from over five decades.



Timetables for both train and bus services will be available shortly. The last bus from North Weald will depart at closing time - we won't leave anyone behind!

Additional buses will depart Harlow Town station at 10.50 and 12.15, returning from North Weald at 16.45 (Fri, Sat and Sun) and 18.45 (Fri and Sat only). They will run via Harlow bus station. Journey time approximately 40 minutes. Please note we can't guarantee connections with specific trains.



This year we are proud to support Barrow Farm, a purpose built facility, enabling people with special needs and disabilities to develop their abilities and enrich their lives through riding.


Buy your tickets now using the options below!


Real Ale Trains

In addition to the Real Ale Festival we are running a series of Real Ale trains this year. Follow the links for further details.

22 June | 10 August | 14 September


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