Train Timetable

Beer & Music Festival 2016

Thursday 20th October - Sunday 23rd

The railway’s popular Beer & Music festival will be returning in October 2016, yet again tickling the real ale drinkers’ taste buds with over 150 ales from all over the country to choose from. Cider and wine drinkers will also be able to have their thirst quenched with a wonderful selection of fine wines and ciders.
Add in Music in the main Exhibition Hall and in the marquee at Keighley and the stage is set for another excellent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer & Music Festival.

Beer & Music Festival 2016 in Association with the Ivatt Appeal

This popular event is returning this month and those of you who have been before will notice we have a new name this year. This is because this year’s event will be dedicated to raising funds to get our Ivatt locomotive number 41241 back in steam in time for the railways 50th anniversary in 2018. 41241 is one of two locomotives that hauled the re-opening special back in 1968, so is very much an important part of the Railway’s history.

In support of the Appeal, Kirkstall Brewery have brewed a special Ivatt Ruby Ale which will be on sale in the main exhibition hall and in the buffet bar on ‘The Kirkstall Three Swords’ train (see below) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (if, of course there’s any left). But be quick, supplies are limited!

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We will again be tickling the taste buds with approximately 150 beers (mostly real ales) from all over the country to choose from. Cider and wine drinkers will also be able to have their thirst quenched with a wonderful selection of fine wines and ciders.

Add in Music in the Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope and in the marquee at Keighley and the stage is set for another excellent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Beer and Music Festival in Association with the Ivatt Appeal.

Special thanks go to our sponsors, without whose support we could not stage this event. For 2016 our sponsors are:

♦  Kirkstall Brewery – Event Main Sponsor
♦  Ossett Brewery and Timothy Taylor’s Brewery – Event Sponsors
♦  Brass Castle Brewery, Bridgehouse Brewery and Goose Eye Brewery – Beer Sponsors

Important Information

Fares and Entry Charges to the Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope

Thursday 20th October

A special reduced price Day Rover ticket is available for travel on our diesel railcar service for those of you who wish to visit us on Thursday. Note that there will no steam trains or entertainment on this day.

Event Day Rover All Passengers: £5.00

Entry to the Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope is FREE.

Other fares are still available (capped at £5.00); please ask at the Booking Office upon arrival.

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October

Event Day Rover Adult: £22.00 (reduced to £15.00 after 1915)
Event Day Rover Concession: £20.00 (reduced to £15.00 after 1915)
Event Day Rover KWVR Members & Local Residents: £16.50 (reduced to £10.00 after 1915)
Event Day Rover Child: £8.00

The Event Day Rover allows unlimited train travel all day and unlimited entry into the Festival sites at Oxenhope & Keighley.

Other fares are still available; please ask at the Booking Office upon arrival.

Holders of through tickets from National Rail stations to ‘Keighley & Worth Valley’ can travel on our trains, but will be required to purchase a separate ticket if they wish to enter the Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope (see Oxenhope Exhibition Hall only tickets below).

KWVR Members please note – Free members tickets are not valid on Friday 21st or Saturday 22nd October.

Sunday 23rd October

Event Day Rover Adult: £16.00
Event Day Rover Concession: £14.00
Event Day Rover Child: £8.00

Entry to the Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope is free.

Other fares are still available; please ask at the Booking Office upon arrival.

Weekend Festival Pass
This allows unlimited travel on all trains over and entry into the Festival sites at Oxenhope & Keighley on all 4 days.

Event Festival Weekend Pass Adult: £45.00
Event Festival Weekend Pass Concession: £40.00
Event Festival Weekend Pass KWVR Members & Local residents: £33.00
Event Festival Weekend Pass Children: £16.00

Oxenhope Exhibition Hall only tickets
It is possible to just purchase tickets that give access to just the main Festival site at Oxenhope only without train travel. These tickets are limited and are subject to numbers at Oxenhope at any one time and will be issued on a first come first served basis, there are no advance bookings available. There is free entry to the Exhibition Hall on Thursday & Sunday.

Exhibition Hall only tickets on Friday & Saturday
Adult: £15.00
Concessions: £15.00
KWVR Members, Local Residents and holders of through tickets from National Rail stations: £10.00

KWVR members should present their membership card in order to receive any discounts.

Festival Opening Times.

The Exhibition Hall at Oxenhope will be open as follows:
♦ Thursday 20th Oct: 11.00 until 23.00 – Last Orders 22:45
♦ Friday 21st Oct: 11.00 until 23.00 – Last Orders 22:45
♦ Saturday 22nd Oct: 11.00 until 23.00 – Last Orders 22:45
♦ Sunday 23rd Oct: 11.00 until 18.00 – Last Orders 17:45

Live music on Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Keighley opening times as follows:
♦ Thursday 20th Oct: Old Spot Brewery only, 1145 until 1930 – Last orders 1915
♦ Friday 21st Oct: 11.00 until 23.00 – Last Orders 22:45
♦ Saturday 22nd Oct: 11.00 until 23.00 – Last Orders 22:45
♦ Sunday 23rd Oct: Old Spot Brewery only, 11.00 until 17:00 – Last Orders 16:45

Live music on Friday and Saturday

Train Times – Keighley to Oxenhope and vice-versa.

Thursday 20th October – All trains are scheduled to be operated by our diesel railcar. The first train will leave Keighley for Oxenhope at 1225, with subsequent trains at 25 past every hour until 2225, with a final departure at 2335. Trains will leave Oxenhope for Keighley on the hour from 1300 to 2200, with a final departure at 2315. Journey time is approximately 20 minutes.

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd October – Trains are scheduled to be steam hauled except those marked (D) which are scheduled to be diesel hauled. Trains will leave Keighley for Oxenhope at 0945(D), 1045, 1145(D), 1245 and then hourly at 45 minutes past every hour until 2145, with later departures at 2230 and 2315. Trains will leave Oxenhope for Keighley at 0900(D), 0945, 1045(D), 1145 and then hourly at 45 minutes past every hour until 2145, with later departures at 2230 and 2315. Journey time is approximately 30 minutes.

Sunday 23rd October – Trains are scheduled to be steam hauled except those marked (D) which are scheduled to be diesel hauled. Trains will leave Keighley for Oxenhope at 0940(D), 1100(D), 1145, 1230, 1315, 1400, 1445, 1530, 1615, 1700 and 1745. Trains will leave Oxenhope for Keighley at 0900(D), 1015(D), 1100, 1145, 1230, 1315, 1400, 1445, 1530, 1615, 1700 and 1745. Journey time is approximately 25 minutes.

A PDF of the timetable in operation on all three days is available to download.

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Connecting Hebden Bridge Bus Service to and from Oxenhope

The Keighley Bus Company service 500 provides a service linking Oxenhope with Hebden Bridge Railway Station (for connections to Halifax and towards Manchester and East Lancashire) until early evening. Timetable for this service, which stop on the road close to the entrance to the station car park, can be viewed on The Keighley Bus Company’s website.

In addition to the above, the KWVR has arranged a supplementary evening service of free buses operating over the same route on the Friday and Saturday of the event. On both evenings buses will leave Oxenhope Railway Station (top end of station car park) at 1925, 2040, 2140 and 2255. Buses will leave Hebden Bridge Railway Station at 1955, 2105, 2205 and 2320.

Unfortunately, we will be unable to provide this service on the Thursday evening this year – sorry.

Click here for Friday & Saturday Bus timetable >>>. On Thursday and Sunday the normal public timetable applies

Additional Information 

We are aware that many people return each year and it’s great to see so many repeat passengers over the Festival but this section is mainly for anyone that has not visited us over the Festival weekend, or have little experience of Beer Festivals.

From Thursday 20th October through to Sunday 23rd October, the Railway is transformed into a 5 mile beer Festival with bars at Oxenhope and Keighley as well as on our steam trains. Please note that on the Thursday and Sunday only limited facilities will be available at Keighley and our on-train bars will not be open on Thursday. Detailed information on what is available, when and where will be provided below. At this event there are no bars available at our other intermediate stations.

The main festival site is at Oxenhope Station in the Exhibition Hall, where there is the main Festival bar with over 100 beers, both local and from all around the country. Alongside the main bar we are joined by 4 brewery bars, namely main event sponsors Kirkstall Brewery from Leeds, local Keighley brewers Bridgehouse and Goose Eye and from further afield Brass Castle from Malton. We plan to have approximately 130 beers (mainly real ales) available at Oxenhope alone. However this Festival is not just for the beer drinkers out there, we have something for everyone. There is a specialist Cider bar at Oxenhope stocking 40-50 ciders from all over the UK, with some very drinkable fruit ciders available. And we don’t leave out wine drinkers; there is a wine bar available selling a fine selection of white, red, rose wines along with the odd bottle of prosecco!

Most trains will have bars throughout the weekend. On Thursday we hope to be able to offer a limited bar service from the guards van of our diesel railcar operating on this day. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Railway’s normal on-train real ale bar will be part of ‘The Ossett Brewery Express’, stocking beers from the Ossett Brewery group – specifically Black Voodoo from Fernandes in Wakefield, Yorkshire Blonde from Ossett and White Rat from Rat in Huddersfield.

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Again on Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Railway’s Jubilee Bar Car will be coupled into the second titled train ‘The Kirkstall Three Swords’ offering a selection of beers from our main event sponsors, Kirkstall Brewery from Leeds, including their thirst quenching 4.5% pale golden beer ‘Three Swords’.

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We will also have bars at Keighley. Old Spot Brewery will have their normal spot on platform 4 which will be opening daily, although opening hours will be limited on Thursday (1145 to 1930 only) and BAD Co. Brewing will again have a bar in the music marquee on Friday and Saturday. Also to be found in the music marquee on Friday and Saturday will be a joint cider/perry and lager bar featuring a range of cider/perry provided by Premium Drinks of Bingley and an interesting range of 6 different lagers brewed by Freedom Brewery of Staffordshire.

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Beer Tokens

Like many other Beer Festivals, drink sales will be by token and not cash. All the bars, including the brewery bars, cider bars, wine bars and on-train bars will accept tokens. Please note that some beers at the Festival will carry a small cash surcharge per ½ pint, this will be clearly marked. Each beer token is ½ a pint of beer or cider so you’ll require 2 tokens for a pint. Wine can be purchased in measures of 125ml, 175ml or by the bottle and the number of tokens required will be advertised at the event.

Individual Drink Tokens: £1.50 or 7 tokens: £10.00

Beer tokens will be on sale at both Oxenhope & Keighley at various points at each location. There is a card machine in the shed at Oxenhope to allow you to purchase Beer Tokens on your credit/debit cards.  Both On-train bars will also sell beer tokens.

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Drink tokens will be valid for all 4-days of the event, so if you have tokens left over on one day they can be used on any of the other days. Do make sure you do not buy too many tokens as they can’t be used after this event and are strictly non-refundable. If you do find yourself with any left-over tokens they can be donated to our nominated charity – Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope (in 2015 you generously raised £699.40)

Note: The railway does not have a cash machine at any of the stations. Nearest cash machines to our stations are:
Keighley: ASDA supermarket, 3 min walk from Keighley station
Haworth: Local SPAR store opposite the Station
Oxenhope: Oxenhope village local CO-OP store, a 10 min walk into the village from Oxenhope station.

Glasses

You MUST buy or hire a glass before going to the bars. Take care of your glass as damaged or stolen glasses are not replaced or refunded.

Festival glasses are for purchase only and carry the Festival logo for 2016. We have a pint glass (also marked for ½ pints) or a stemmed half-pint goblet (also marked for 125ml or 175ml wine measures). These cost £4.00 each and are yours to keep as a memento of the event. These glasses are non-refundable.

We also have plain glasses for hire and your choice is pint, half-pint or wine glass. Hire glasses cost £1.0 each and are fully refundable if returned undamaged.

The Beer List

The ‘anticipated’ Final Beer List (including descriptions) can be viewed via the link here >>>. Unfortunately the beers we order are not always the beers that are actually delivered, so all beers listed are subject to availability and are subject to change.

Food

There will be hot food available at Oxenhope throughout the 4-days of the Festival. Hayes Catering will have a vehicle situated in the station car park serving burgers, hot dogs, chips and hot roast pork rolls along with other items. There will also be a noodle stand and again this will be located in the station car park. In addition, the railways own catering team will be providing pie & peas from a stand within the Exhibition Hall (adjacent to the exit) until early evening on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The station buffet located on the platform at Oxenhope will also be open during the daytime on all 4-days.

Sausages will be available from a stall located on platform 4 at Keighley on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. If sausages are not to your taste many other food options are available in Keighley within a short walking distance.

Live Music

There will be live music on the stage at Oxenhope on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bands will also be performing at Keighley on Friday and Saturday from 1400. Details of the acts booked, location and approximate time of performance are detailed below (click on the arrows to visit their websites):

Friday
Oxenhope
14.00 – 15.30 Washboard Resonators >>>
16.00 – 17.15 Flashback >>>
17.30 – 18.40 Aint Nothing But
19.00 – 20.10 Sawdust
20.30 – 21.15 JB Goode >>>
21.30 – 23.00 Wired
Keighley
14.45 – 15.55 Izak Wilkinson >>>
16.10 – 17.15 Solitaire – a tribute to The Carpenters
17.35 – 18.35 Sarah Widdop >>>
18.50 – 19.40 Fay & Latta >>>
20.00 – 21.10 Remember Hillards >>>
21.30 – 23.00 Paisley Rehab

Saturday
Oxenhope
12.30 – 13.40 Paloma Faith Tribute Act
14.00 – 15.10 Area 40 >>>
15.30 – 16.40 Last Orders >>>
17.00 – 18.00 Dark Horse
18.20 – 19.30 The Cover Up >>>
19.45 – 20.50 The Rhythm Junkies
21.00 – 23.00 Dr Busker >>>
Keighley
14.00 – 15.10 The Heathen Knights
15.30 – 16.40 Alfie Sheard
17.00 – 18.00 Keystone Acoustic >>>
18.20 – 19.40 Sour Mandy >>>
20.00 – 21.15 Guilty Pleasures
21.30 – 23.00 Flashback >>>

Sunday
Oxenhope
12.15 – 13.20 The Pretend Beatles >>>
14.20 – 15.25 Pathfinders
16.20 – 17.40 Leeds City Stompers >>>

Please note there will be no music at all on Thursday.

41241 Ivatt Appeal

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The Railway is currently holding an appeal to raise £200,000 required to get the steam locomotive 41241 back in steam in time for the railways 50th anniversary in 2018. 41241 is one of two locomotives that hauled the re-opening special back in 1968, so is very much an important part of the Railway’s history.

This year our whole event will be dedicated to fundraising for the Ivatt Appeal. There will be a 41241 sales stand and tombola. So dig deep and help 41241 steam again in 2018.

For more details on the appeal and how you can help, visit the 41241 – Ivatt Appeal page of the website.

Children and Sunday Family Day

Well behaved children are welcome to bring their parents along to the event. Please note, however, that the music can be very loud at times and entertainment after 2100 may not be suitable for children.

We again plan to hold a family day on the Sunday. Not only will there be lots of steam trains for the kids but at Oxenhope as well as live music at 13.30 and 15.35 Tall Paul will be performing his magical act for children and adults of all ages.

We will also have face painters available on the Sunday; not just for the children we should add!

Please remember, however, that the event is primarily a beer festival. Please keep children (particularly very young children) under your control at all times and away from the bars. We want everyone to have a great time, but running about when people are stood drinking alcohol is unwise and crawling about on the floor is probably somewhat unhygienic as well as potentially dangerous.

Think 21

The Railway operates the ‘Think 21’ policy with regard to the sale and consumption of alcohol. If you are lucky enough to look under 21 you will be asked to prove that you are at least 18 years of age, so please ensure you bring appropriate ID with you. Please do not be offended if asked; if only we were all lucky enough to still look young! We will have a stock of ‘Age Verified’ wristbands to avoid you getting asked for ID on multiple occasions.

Our Volunteers

The Beer and Music Festival, along with all activities on the Railway are brought to you by our volunteers who give up their free time to organise and run this event and all the operational and maintenance activities which allow our trains to run.

We always need more volunteers, so if you are interested in joining us please see the ‘Get Involved’ page for more information.

We aren’t saying our volunteers are Superheroes like these chaps who visited us in 2015, but there would be no Beer and Music Festival and no Keighley & Worth Valley Railway without them.

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