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Wet Your Whistle on August’s Rail Ale Trail

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Recover from this summer’s excitement with some quality brews at some of the UK’s best ale festivals. Check our journey planner before you set off to save money better spent on sampling some fine ales and ciders.

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

Take the train to London…for the Great British Beer Festival

For a great atmosphere and a huge range of drinks in a wonderfully impressive building, get yourself along to the Great British Beer Festival at the London Olympia, Hammersmith Road.

Taking place between Tuesday 7 and Saturday 11 August, this is a beer festival with a great vibe. From the second you step through the doors of the London Olympia you’ll be swallowed up in the fun and excitement in what is essentially the biggest pub you’re ever likely to be in. Sample a few of the 800 different real ales, ciders and foreign beers and when you get peckish, you’ll have the choice of everything from traditional pub snacks to continental cuisine.

Grab a train to London stopping at Kensington (Olympia) for a smooth ride then enjoy the live music and excellent drinks waiting for you at the Great British Beer Festival.

Take the train to Peterborough…for the 35th Peterborough Beer Festival

Running from Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 August, the 35th Peterborough Beer Festival is the perfect place to cool off this summer.

This CAMRA event will be bringing more than 350 different types of ale to the table, as well as a range of festival specials. Cider, perries, wine and soft drinks will also be available and there’s a huge range of food to choose from. Held in a series of huge marquees and offering pub games, tombola, pub quiz, a funfair and live music every evening, it’s a great day out for the whole family.

The Peterborough Beer Festival is easy to get to. Simply take a train to Peterborough and walk the final few minutes to the, easily visible, venue.

Take the train to Ipswich …for the 30th Ipswich Beer Festival

As part of the annual Ipswich Maritime event on the Waterfront, the Ipswich Beer Festival always has a good party spirit.

This year, it’s on from Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 August and will have about 200 beers, 80 ciders, foreign beers ready to be sampled by fans of quality brews. Admission is free for everyone and there will also be a selection of live entertainments on offer.

The festival is held in a number of marquees at the Orwell Quay near the UCS building in Ipswich and you’ll find there are plenty of signs from the train station and town centre to guide you there.

Other August 2012 beer festivals

You can also:

• Combine a live of beer and cricket by visiting the CAMRA beer tent at Canterbury Cricket Week, the perfect place to wet your whistle when the game gets tense (8 – 12 August 2012).

• Grab a train to Newton Abbot and enjoy the 29th Newton Abbot/South Devon Beer Fest at the Newton Abbot Racecourse for a great range of beers and ciders (6 – 7 August 2012).

• Take a train to Durham to try out the great beers on offer at the 32nd Durham Beer Festival (30 August – 1 September 2012).

Are you planning on taking a train to any excellent beer festival this August? Did you have a great time at any last year? Tweet or Facebook us and let us know ….

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