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 Beer & Music Festival 

26th, 27th, 28th, 29th August 2022

Ales By Rails - the Mid-Norfolk Railway's Dereham Beer & Music Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The railway line is transformed into an 11-mile beer festival, with the main festival site at Dereham Station.


The free entry beer tent will have real ales and ciders from around the country and local breweries, and a live music stage playing on Platform 3/4 under the Canopy.


On board most trains there will be local bottled ales. Please note, that beer tokens cannot be accepted on board the trains.

WEEKEND SCHEDULE - to be confirmed

  • Friday evening

  • Saturday

  • Sunday

  • Monday


Trains will be running throughout the weekend, except Friday evening. Full details will be available nearer the date of the event.


Like most beer festivals, we operate a token system at the festival bar. The best and cheapest way to buy your drink will be by a token. Each beer costs a set number of tokens per half-pint.

Further information will be available nearer the event about token price and transactions.

There will be a card machine at Dereham to allow you to make purchases on your debit/credit cards. 

Note: The railway does not have a cash machine at any of the stations. Nearest cash machines: Dereham: Morrisons supermarket, 1 min walk from Dereham station. Wymondham Abbey: One Stop Shop, a 10 min walk into the town from Wymondham Abbey Station.

Found a beer or cider you love? Take-Two Pints home!
Back by popular demand, you can carry out any two pints of your favourite beer or cider to help you continue your celebrations after the festival has closed for the night. There is a small 50p charge to cover the cost of the carton.


We want as many people as possible to enjoy our festival. If you're with people who are buying alcohol, and you're the designated driver, or just having an alcohol-free evening, you can have free soft drinks from the main festival bar only - just show us your car keys or speak to bar staff.


The most important part of any festival is the beer & cider list, which will be available here when finalised.



Live music will run every evening at our unique venue on Platform 3 and 4 under the canopy. Details to be confirmed.

Various Photographers have donated their photos here for you to get the feeling of how the event may look. You can follow our DerehamBeerFest Facebook page and  give a flavour of 'Ale by Rails' past events.