Real Ale Festival
28-30 July 2017

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2017 Real Ale Festival Our 5th Real Ale Festival will be held between 28 and 30 July.

The event has grown over the years and we expect this trend to continue - expect more beers, more trains and more fun in 2017!

Our bars will be open from 12.00 each day with late closing on Friday and Saturday. As well as the main marquee we plan to have bars onboard the trains which will continue to run until closing time

Steam and Diesel trains will be in operation

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 including, real ales, ciders, and everything else you need to ensure you have a great time with us will be put on this webpage later. 

Also, you can like and follow our social media channels for the latest updates.


Live music on board the train at different times throughout the event:

  • Friday: Stumblefingers and the Dogjammers (Folk) - evening. 19:15 and 19:45 services from North Weald and 20:15 service from Ongar
  • Saturday: London City Voicesperforming on platform 2 at 15:00, 17:00 and 19:00
  • Sunday: Al, Rachel and Sally (Folk). 13:00 and 14:05 services from North Weald and 13:35 service from Ongar. Also the 15:50 service from North Weald and the 16:15 service from Ongar.

Tutored Tastings

Des de Moor New this year! We are pleased to join forces with acclaimed beer writer, beer educator, accredited sommelier and author of CAMRA's Guide to London's Best Beer Pubs and Bars, Des de Moor, to offer a tutored beer tasting on board the train.

A tutored beer tasting in the company of an expert is a great way of enhancing your appreciation of beer, discovering more about the astonishing range of beer styles, flavours and aromas; how brewers conjure such diversity from simple ingredients and how to match beer with food. Each participant will get to sample and learn about six different beers whilst travelling through the glorious Essex countryside.

Tutored tastings are available at certain times on Friday 28th July - check availability and book tickets using the link below. Although the tastings take place at specific times, prices for the tutored tasting include an all day rover ticket, giving unlimited travel on the trains and connecting buses throughout the day, and, of course, entry to the beer festival.

Beer and Cider

Over 70 beers are expected! The provisional list of beers can be downloaded here. Updated 14 July - more beers added!!

Of course we haven't forgotten the cider list! That can be downloaded here.


The train timetables can be downloaded here.

Times of connecting buses can be downloaded here. Includes times for additional buses running until late into the evening.

Sign up to our facebook event page.

Book your tickets using the link below, now!

Also new this year - take away beers!
This year we have partnered with Hoppily, a recently launched craft beer subscription club that curates 8 great beers from Essex and London for £25 per month including delivery. With their North Weald stockroom based around the corner from the railway, they are are passionate about championing local beer and supporting the local community.

Especially for our festival, they have curated a selection of special gift packs for sale at the event. These will showcase beers by breweries whose beers can be found on draught at this year’s festival so you can continue to enjoy the festival after you have gone home! You'll be able to find the bright yellow Hoppily stall at North Weald, next to our shop and opposite the main beer marquee.

With thanks to our festival sponsors: Keppels Brewery  Dominion Brewery  Pitfields Brewery  Five Points Brewing Co.  Hope Brewery  One Mile End Brewery  Redemption Brewery

The Real Ale Festival proudly supports Canalability