All tracks led to beer and cider3rd August 2019

Between Friday 19 July and Sunday 21, for the 7th time, North Weald station rang out to the sounds of clinking glasses and cheers as over 1800 people enjoyed the biggest beer festival, we have held yet. Despite some inclement weather on Friday, drinkers were not deterred and sampled many ales – 75% of which were brewed within 30 miles of the railway.  Over 102 casks were opened, alongside 25 ciders and for the first time some British wine.

Serving the beer Crowds at the festival

On Friday afternoon, we invited Colchester Brewery to the platforms, in order to present them their certificate for winning beer of the festival in 2018.

Beer of the festival 2018

For 2019, we are pleased to announce the winning ale is Watson’s Coco Nucifera, a Raspberry & Coconut Chocolate Milk Stout. We’ll be looking forward to seeing other interesting brews from Watson’s for the 2020 festival.

Lastly, this year’s festival charity Barrow Farm Riding for the Disabled (RDA) raised a total in excess of £800. Barrow Farm is situated at Highwood, not far from Blackmore, close to the Ongar end of the line. There, more than 130 disabled children and adults benefit from horse riding and carriage driving. They are fund raising for a replacement vehicle to transport horses and carriages to shows or events. On behalf of the festival committee, we thank our visitors for kindly supporting this worthy charity.

Our final ale trains of the year depart on Saturday 10 August and Saturday 14 September – follow the links to book tickets and for more information.