Enjoy a pint of your favourite tipple as you watch the trains go! The Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival is at Havenstreet Railway Station from 1 -3 May 2021. FREE admission!


What better way to kick off the weekend than with a real ale festival? Choose from a huge selection of real ales, there are even a few ciders for those with a sweeter tooth. You’ll have the opportunity to try local brews from Yates’, Goddards and Island Brewery alongside ales from Yorkshire, Somerset and more.

Entry to the festival is FREE; the bar opens from 11am until 7pm.

Steam trains are running throughout the weekend from 10.15am until 7pm. Book online to reserve your exclusive compartment on the train for you and your family - you'll even save money too by booking online. Why not travel to the festival by train, making use of our connection with Island Line at Smallbrook Junction, or the Island's bus network at Wootton.

Step back to a bygone era when steam power was the order of the day.

Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and discover an idyllic view of the Island's unspoilt countryside. Thrill to the sight and sound of powerful majestic steam engines and breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway. Soak-up the rhythm of quiet rural stations while enjoying the friendliness of traditionally uniformed staff.

What’s on:

•    Choose from a huge selection of real ales and ciders
•    Take the opportunity for a train ride – book online for the best price and to reserve your own compartment.


To find out more visit the Isle of Wight Steam Railway Website

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