Enjoy a pint of your favourite tipple as you watch the trains go! The 13th Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival is at Havenstreet Railway Station from 5-7 May 2018. FREE admission!


The Real Ale Festival features beers sourced from brewers all over the country, including many brewed on the Isle of Wight. There will be a range of hot and cold food available and a full service of steam trains will be operating.

There is free admission to the Festival which is open from 11am until 7pm on Saturday and Sunday and from 11am until 5pm on bank holiday Monday. There is also live music between 1pm and 5pm each day, as follows:

  • Saturday 5th May – All Washed Up
  • Sunday 6th May – The 545s
  • Monday 7th May – Moonshiners

The unique setting of Havenstreet station makes the Festival a really pleasurable experience, and on each day you can enjoy flying displays from Haven Falconry. Plus, explore the Train Story Discovery Centre and learn about Victorian and Edwardian railway vehicles, and their lasting impact on our lives!

Getting to the Real Ale Festival is easy from Southampton.

By car - catch the hourly car ferry to East Cowes and then head south on Dover Road. Follow the A3021, Park Road, Briddlesford Road, and then turn left into Combley Road. The journey will take about 13 minutes.

On foot - catch the Red Jet to West Cowes. From here, Southern Vectis operate frequent buses (service 1) to Newport where you can change at the bus station for service 9, alighting at Wootton station. From here you catch a train to Havenstreet station. Taxis are also available outside the West Cowes Red Jet terminal. For car hire, we recommend Enterprise - they will pick you-up from the Red Jet if you tell them your arrival time.

Address: Isle of Wight Steam Railway, The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight, PO33 4DS

Ticket types

20% off vehicle Travel

You can get 20% off travel to Polar at Robin Hill (between 29 Nov - 21 December) using the express booking engine below. Valid for ferry crossings from Southampton to East Cowes. Standard terms and conditions of carriage apply.

Ferry Travel


No. travelling - 1 adult