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Rail Ale Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre

Type:Food and Drink Event

Off Campbell Drive
Barrow Hill
S43 2PR
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Rail Ale Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre


Once again we are 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 Prosecco bar. In yet another innovation for the Festival, this year we are delighted to announce the arrival of the Rail Ale “Gin Palace” which will feature a variety of gins from across the country, with a particular focus on gins from the local area.

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. Entry to the Festival also includes entry to the museum and the new exhibitions and interactive displays provided courtesy of the Heritage Lottery Fund project that was completed in September 2017.

The dedicated free bus service will also be running from Chesterfield railway station into the Festival on all three days. There really is something for everyone at Rail Ale!

No Under 18's are allowed on site after 5pm.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Friday and Saturday£7.00 per ticket
Thursday£5.00 per ticket

Tickets on the gate
Thursday - £5.00
Friday and Saturday - £9.00
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  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Public toilets

Opening Times

18/05/2017 (16 May 2019 - 18 May 2019)
Thursday - SaturdayOpen

Map & Directions

Road Directions

From North/South Leave M1 at junction 30 and take A616. At roundabout select right lane and take 4th exit (A619 signposted Chesterfield). At roundabout on entering Staveley (just under 3 miles) take 2nd exit (B6053) and turn immediately left into Hall Lane. Follow road for approx 1 mile and turn left (Station Road). Follow road through Barrow Hill and take next right after The Barrow Pub (Campbell Drive) and then immediately left to Roundhouse complex. From East Follow A617 to M1 motorway junction and take 4th exit at roundabout (M1 North). Leave M1 at junction 30, then follow route from North/South. From West Follow A619 to Chesterfield. At traffic light controlled roundabout (Matalan) select middle lane and take 3rd exit. Keep in left lane and, at traffic lights, go straight on. At roundabout select right hand lane and take 3rd exit. At next roundabout select left lane and take 2nd exit (A617). Follow A617 for approx 4 miles to M1 motorway roundabout and take 1st exit (M1 North). Leave M1 at junction 30, then follow route from North/South.

Public Transport Directions

Accessible by public transport

Free bus service from Chesterfield Railway Station and town centre to the Festival.

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