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Wet Your Whistle on July’s Rail Ale Trail

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Take the train to July’s beer festivals and you’ll be covered whether the sun’s streaming or the rain’s falling. Just check for cheap train tickets before you go and you could save money to spend on your entrance fee or a few special ciders or ales to take home with you.

Read on to find out more about July’s Rail Ale Trail …

Take the train to Ealing…for the 23rd Ealing Beer Festival

The sporting atmosphere is already heating up in London, so wet your appetite for the summer fun at the 23rd Ealing Beer Festival at Walpole Park, in Ealing.

The CAMRA Ealing Beer Festival is the first of a series of special events in a London City of Beer initiative to raise the profile of British beer and pubs during the summer. And, with 200 real ales, plenty of ciders and perries, and a large selection of foreign beers and English Wines on offer, it’s starting the season off with a bang. Sample the selection at Walpole Park between Wednesday 4 July and Saturday 7 July.

Hop on train to London then get a connecting service to Ealing Broadway to find yourself just 10 minutes from the fun. Seating will be provided in the park and you’ll find a selection of food being served all day. Visit on Saturday for Family Day or brush of your best headgear and go on Wednesday to take part in Hat Day.

Take the train to Chelmsford…for the Chelmsford Summer Beer and Cider Festival

Join the Chelmsford branch of CAMRA in celebrating its biggest ever festival. Hop on a train to Chelmsford in Essex and enjoy a 15 minute stroll to Admirals Park, Rainsford Road.

The Chelmsford Summer Beer and Cider Festival boasts more than 300 real ales and a whopping 120 real ciders and perries to sample. Try the local wine or experiment with some Belgian beer before tucking into festival favourites such like their Real Ale sausages and hog roast. Be sure to pick up a souvenir glass while you’re there.

Running from Tuesday 10 to Saturday 14 July, the festival is open from noon until 11pm every day.

Take the train to Kent…for the 38th Kent Beer Festival

Book your train to Canterbury East Rail station, then jump aboard one of the free shuttle buses to get to the barn at Merton Farm for some excellent real ales.

Taking place between Thursday 19 and Saturday 21 July, the Kent Beer Festival has more than 130 real beers and cider for the sampling, as well as a selection of foreign beers. Card-carrying CAMRA members can enjoy free entry (except on Friday evening, when tickets should be bought in advance). Camping facilities are available throughout the festival, but there is a small charge.

You can also expect live music, family friendly games on Saturday afternoon, souvenir glasses and good food throughout the whole festival.

Other July 2012 beer festivals

You can also:

• Jump aboard a train to Derbyfor the 35th Derby Summer Beer Festival (11 – 15 July 2012).

• Grab a train to Manchester and enjoy the 8th Chorlton Beer and Cider Festival – (6 – 7 July 2012).

• Hop onto a train to Plymouth and make the most of the 19th Plymouth Beer Festival (13 – 14 July 2012).

Have you got your train tickets booked for the biggest and best ale and beer festivals this July? Did you have a great time at any last year? Tweet or Facebook us and let us know ….

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