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Real ale and steam on the IOW

Fri 4 Apr 2014

Real ale and steam on the IOW

Real ale is a favourite among traditionalists and it doesn't get quainter than travelling by steam engine, so what better two things for the history lover to combine for a fabulous day of fun on the Isle of Wight?

Between May 3rd and 5th, the Isle of Wight Steam Railway will be hosting its ninth Real Ale Festival at Havenstreet Station near Ryde.

Drinkers will be able to sample local tipples, as well as those from farther afield, while watching the steam trains chugging past and tucking into freshly prepared hot food. There will even be displays from the birds of the Haven Falconry to keep you entertained in between trains. 

Previous events have also featured live music, dancing and classic cars, so you can be sure of an action-packed day at Havenstreet. 

Best of all, there will be free admission to the festival, which is open from 11am until 8pm on the Saturday and Sunday and from 11am until 5pm on the Bank Holiday Monday. 

Should you fancy a ride on a steam train, a full service will be operating during the festival and there will be a special timetable featuring later trains on the Saturday and Sunday. 

Train tickets on the day will be priced at £12 for adults, £6 for children aged five to 15, and £30 for family groups of two adults and two children. 

Even if your ferry is booked for a different weekend, you should still try to experience the Isle of Wight Steam Railway during your visit to the island. Special events take place throughout the year, and there is a regular service running on the line, which covers five miles of countryside from Smallbrook Junction through Ashey and Havenstreet to Wootton. 

The bluster, noise and smells of a steam train journey is a thrilling experience for children more used to sterile modern trains, with their electric power and automatic doors and a nostalgic reminder of days gone by for adults. ADNFCR-3083-ID-801710031-ADNFCR

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