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Wet Your Whistle on June’s Rail Ale Trail

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Start the summer off in style by sampling some of the best brews about at this month’s beer festivals – and don’t forget to check our journey planner for cheap train tickets before you travel.

Just read on to find out more about June’s Rail Ale Trail…

Take the train to Tenterden…for the Kent & East Sussex Rail Beer Festival

Ale-loving rail enthusiasts will love this festival, which takes place from 11.00 a.m. until 10.30 p.m. (or until the beer runs out) on Saturday 16 June 2012 at the Kent & East Sussex Railway at Tenterden, near Ashford, Kent.

The Kent & East Sussex Rail Beer Festival is the perfect event for anyone wanting a relaxing day out. Sample real ale, ciders and perries, enjoy food from the on-site barbecue and listen to live music – and you can enjoy a ride on a steam train too. For a taste of what’s in store, take a look at this video of last year’s event:

You can take the train to Headcorn Station, in the nearby village of Headcorn, and then take a taxi to Tenterden Station for the event. There are regular trains to Headcorn from London‘s Charing Cross Station.

Take the train to Edinburgh…for the Scottish Real Ale Festival

The annual Scottish Real Ale Festival should be on any beer lover’s list of must-attend events. This year’s event takes place at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange on Thursday 28 June (noon – 11 p.m.), Friday 29 June (noon – 11 p.m.) and Saturday 30 June (noon – 9 p.m.). Jump on a train to Edinburgh and make sure you don’t miss out.

Organised by the Scottish branches of CAMRA and the Scottish area of the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA), this year’s event is likely to feature beers from more than 40 different breweries, so it’s a great place to go if you’re looking to sample something new.

You can get to the Edinburgh Corn Exchange by bus from Edinburgh Waverley Station, but it’s also just a short walk from Slateford Station.

Other June beer and cider festivals

You can also:

• Take the train to Wolverhampton and head to Wulfrun Hall in the city centre for the Wolverhampton Beer Festival (14 – 16 June 2012).

• Jump aboard a train to Manchester and visit the Greater Manchester CAMRA Cider & Perry Festival at Copper Face Jacks in the Palace Hotel, Oxford Street (22 – 23 June 2012).

• Head to the station and hop on board a train to Harlow to sample ales and ciders in stunning surroundings at the 4th Gibberd Garden Beer Festival (16 – 17 June 2012).

Will you be taking the train to a beer festival in June? Which is your favourite beer festival? Tweet or Facebook us and let us know.

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