Real Ale Weekend15, 16, 17 July

Enjoy a pint as you journey through the Essex countryside on our steam and diesel hauled trains! 

Real Ale Train bar team

Our Real Ale Weekend takes on a different format this year. Our plans are still evolving, but put the dates in your diaries now! 

In order to manage capacity at this event, advance booking is essential. There will be no tickets available on the day, or entry to the site without a ticket. 


Train and Bus services

Our steam and diesel trains will be in operation between North Weald, Ongar and Epping Forest. You can find the timetables by selecting your date of travel here

Leave the car at home!

Inclusive heritage buses will connect with Epping Underground (London Underground Central Line, zone 6) and Shenfield (for Greater Anglia and TfL Rail services) stations. Train and bus services will continue into the evening on both Friday 15 and Saturday 16 July. 

On train bar


Real Ales and Ciders

A selection of Real Ales, ciders and other alcoholic and soft drinks will be available to purchase, using tokens, on board the trains and at our stations. The list of Real Ales and Ciders will be available here closer to the event. 


Evening Fish and Chip Option

A fish and chip supper will be available, for an additional charge, on one of our evening services on Saturday. This option must be pre-booked, and will be served at your seat during the evening.


Other Refreshments

Hopleaf will be selling a range of their high quality food, such as burgers, sausages and bratwurst, curries and chilli.

A selection of hot and cold drinks and other hot and cold snacks and sandwiches will be available to purchase from the LNER Cafe at North Weald.

The Buffet Stop facility at Ongar will be offering hot and cold drinks, crisps and other confectionary.  



The following great value fares apply and give unlimited travel on all train and heritage bus services on the day of your visit. 

Adult: £16
Child: £8
Children under 3 are free - no ticket needed. 

Upon purchasing an adult ticket you can add the following options to your order: 

Beer Card containing £10 of beer tokens and a £3 refundable glass deposit: £13
Fish and Chip supper: £12 (Saturday only)

Additional beer tokens can be purchased on the day. 

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