Beer Festival – Thurs 14 to Sun 17 Sept

Great Central Railway's annual beer festival returns for its eleventh year and is better than ever! Take your taste buds on a sentimental journey at the award winning line’s 4-day beer festival. This year SEVENTY guest beers & ciders, are on offer specially selected from different breweries.

Trains are running on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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The festival starts on Thursday 14th at midday.

It costs just £3 to enter but best of all it's FREE to anyone buying a ticket to travel on the steam trains that weekend!  With live music and hot food on offer it’s set to be a great weekend.  CHEERS!
GCR’s normal train fares apply with an adult runabout for just £16.

Opening times:

Thursday & Friday - 12pm to 11pm
Saturday - 11am to 11pm
Sunday - 12pm to 5pm

Live Music
Thursday - quiet
Friday night - 
Saturday afternoon - quiet
Saturday Evening - Heart of Oak - a local 5 piece semi acoustic covers band - music from the 50's to today
Sunday - quiet

From 12pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday until late there will be Bratwurst served on Loughborough platform.  Our station Buffet will also be open.
On Thursday, our Buffet will be open from 2 pm to 8 pm

Opening times:
Friday - 12pm to 11pm
Saturday - 11 am to 11pm
Sunday - 12pm to 5pm

Take a trip down memory lane on Friday, Saturday & Sunday to Quorn & Woodhouse station; there’s a variety of traction engines, plus classic and vintage vehicles, on display.

Live Music
Friday night from 7pm - Coopers' Last Stand
Saturday afternoon - quiet
Saturday from 7pm - Ska-Amanga.
Sunday - quiet

From 12pm on Friday, Saturday & Sunday until late there will be curry available.  Butler-Henderson café will also be open from 10am to 4pm for homemade sandwiches, hot food, cakes and drinks.

Rothley - SMALL BAR
Friday - 12pm to 5pm
Saturday - 11am to 5pm
Sunday - 12pm to 5pm

Ellis's tearoom will be open from 10am to 4pm daily for homemade sandwiches, hot food, cakes and drinks. Also the Station tearoom on the Platform will be open.



Thursday 14th September - No trains running (bar open at Loughborough only).

Friday 15th September - Timetable

Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th September - Timetable



FridayOne steam locomotive (9F 92214) and visiting Class 26 D5343.

Saturday and Sunday: Two steam locomotives (9F 92214 and Ivatt Class 2 46521) - visiting Hymek D7017 and Class 26 D5343 will be in action.


Our beers will include ones from: Church End, Vale, Whitstable, Pennine, Muirhouse, Charnwood, Hippy Killer, Lytham, Batemans, Banks & Taylor, Heritage, Nethergate, Goffs, Ossett, Fernandes, Clark's, Flipside, Magpie, Grafton, Dukeries, Shipstones, Nottingham, Milestone, Corvedale, Titanic, Littleover, Stockport, Full Mash, Scribblers, Pentrich, White Horse, Whim, Double Top.

Ciders will be sourced from BroadOak, Thirsty Farmer & Bottle Kicking


Our next running day

This weekend
Our Santa Steam Trains begin this weekend! (pre-booking is essential).

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