Beer & Music Festival
Thursday 17th October – Sunday 20th October
From Thursday 17th October through to Sunday 20th October, the Railway is transformed into a 5-mile long beer and music festival with bars at Oxenhope, Ingrow and Keighley Station as well as a real-ale bar onboard our steam trains.
There will also be live music at both Oxenhope and Ingrow from Friday to Sunday, where approximately 30 groups and solo artists will perform with a wide range of genres, from pop and rock to jazz and country – there’s sure to be something for everyone.
The main festival site is at Oxenhope Station in the Exhibition Shed, where there will be the main Festival bar, sponsored by Lord’s Brewery, with 100 different cask conditioned beers, both local and from all around the country.
Alongside the main bar, we are joined by 4 brewery bars, Kirkstall (event main sponsors), Bridgehouse, Brass Castle and Goose Eye and together we will be serving over 130 beer varieties!
However this Festival is not just for the beer drinkers out there, we have something for everyone. There will be a specialist Cider bar at Oxenhope and we don’t leave out wine or gin drinkers; there will be a wine & gin bar provided by Martinez Wines selling a fine selection of their white, red and rose wines along with the odd bottle of prosecco and artisan gins!
On Friday, Saturday & Sunday we will also have brewery bars at Ingrow, provided by Nomadic Beers, Wishbone and Vocation breweries. We intend to have about 20 different beers available at Ingrow, both cask conditioned and CAMRA approved real ale served from KeyKegs. There will also be a small selection of traditional and fruit ciders on offer as well as the ever popular ‘Cocktail & Gin Shack’ provided by Bronte Bars and Events.
Bingley Brewery will also be joining us and their bar on platform 4 at Keighley will be open between 11.00 and 20.30 on Friday & Saturday.
Most trains will have bars throughout the weekend. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday the Railway’s Jubilee Bar Car will be part of the ‘Kirkstall Three Swords’ train offering beers from our event main sponsor Kirkstall Brewery of Leeds, including their thirst quenching pale ale ‘Three Swords’. The Railway’s normal on-train bar will be part of the ‘Ossett Brewery Express’, stocking beers from the Ossett Brewery group breweries.
A selection of different food offerings will be available at Oxenhope, Ingrow and Keighley.
Beer, Cider & More!
A quick guide to what’s on offer and our wonderful supporting sponsors.
Festival Opening Times
The Festival opens at 12.30 on Thursday 17th October and 11.00 Friday – Sunday.
Follow the link below for full details of opening, closing and last order times at each of the 3 Festival venues.
Fares & Admission Charges
Our Event Weekend Rover allows UNLIMITED travel on all trains and entry to Festival sites (opening hours as advertised) on Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday.
An Event Day Rover allows UNLIMITED train travel and unlimited entry into the Festival sites at Oxenhope & Ingrow on your chosen day.
Train times for Beer & Music Festival services will be published 2 -3 weeks prior to the Festival.
Check out the website and social media for information nearer the time.
Times will be published in the Festival brochure and are available on-line now.
Connecting Hebden Bridge Bus Service
If you live in the Hebden Bridge area or along the Calder Valley between Halifax and Todmorden or, indeed, travelling over the border from the Manchester and East Lancashire area, there will be a bus service between Hebden Bridge Station and Oxenhope from early morning until late into the evening.
Like many other similar events, drink sales will be by token only. The main festival bar at Oxenhope, brewery bars at Oxenhope, Ingrow & Keighley, cider bars at Oxenhope & Ingrow, the wine & gin bar at Oxenhope and on-train bars will all accept tokens.
At the Festival you MUST buy or hire a glass before going to the bars.
Each year commemorative glasses are produced which carry the Festival logo and this year will be no different. Festival glasses are for purchase only and will be available for purchase in advance on-line and on the day of your visit.
Festival Drink Selection
Prior to the Festival opening, a Festival Programme will be published listing all the beers, ciders and perrys available across the Festival sites and will be given to visitors on purchase of your ticket.
2016 Festival Facts
The selection of drinks has now been finalised and the statistics, we think, are quite impressive.
- 166 different beers
- from 64 different breweries
- 22,503 pints of beer ordered
- 2,160 pints of cider
The final festival beer and cider listings are now available to download, if you want to know more, click on the links below:
Food at the Festival
As well as our own outlets at Keighley and Oxenhope, there will be independent catering outlets at Keighley, Ingrow and Oxenhope selling food to satisfy most tastes.
It wouldn’t be a Beer AND Music Festival without the live music.
We will have live music at 2 locations, on the ‘Kirkstall Stage’ at Oxenhope and in the entertainment marquee at Ingrow on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Details of all the artists, performance locations and times, are available, just click below.
Children at the Festival
As with all KWVR events, accompanied children are very welcome to come along.
There are a few things to be aware of if you are bringing children with you.
The Railway operates the ‘Challenge 25’ policy with regard to the sale and consumption of alcohol.
We’re pretty certain these 2 (4?) characters are over 18, but check out the Railway’s ‘Challenge 25’ policy.
Well behaved dogs (and well behaved owners) are welcome at the Beer & Music Festival, both at the Festival sites and on our trains.
Check out our thoughts on dogs at the event.
Last but, without doubt, not least. Where would the Railway be without our dedicated team of volunteers?
Our volunteer army man the festival sites, bars and trains throughout this event. Without them, our Beer & Music Festival wouldn’t be here!
KWVR would like to thank the breweries and drink suppliers shown below for their generous support of our 2019 Beer and Music Festival