Extra train services added for popular Norfolk Beer Festival

Monday, 16 July 2018
Days Out

Reedham Beer Festival, one of the largest rural events of its kind in the region has been boosted by extra train services on routes from Lowestoft and Norwich this weekend enabling more people to visit the popular showcase by rail.

Now in its eleventh year, Reedham Beer Festival is set to present over 75 Real Ales and Ciders, along with a Summer Cocktail Bar and a wide range of locally produced food complimented by a comprehensive line up of live music.

The Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership has worked with Greater Anglia and festival organisers, Humpty Dumpty Brewery to add additional stops on services running between Norwich & Lowestoft to the event which takes place just a few minutes walk from the village Railway Station. Services connecting with Great Yarmouth are also available via Berney Arms and via Norwich and Brundall.

Running at Reedham Village Hall from midday to 11pm on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 July and from midday to 6pm on Sunday 22 July, part of the festival fun will include a charity football match in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

Live music during Friday includes The Chuffinches, A.S.K., Barney Holmes and Ukulele Simon, on Saturday the line up is headlined by popular covers band The Jacks plus The Anyones, Sam Coe & The Longshadows and Mammal Not Fish with Sunday’s live entertainment from DNA, Christy Bullen and The Shackelton Trio.

Throughout the event most rail services will run hourly from Lowestoft and Norwich with two trains running direct from Great Yarmouth via Berney Arms on the Friday and Saturday with three on Sunday. Additional services from Gt Yarmouth are available by changing to more frequent Lowestoft bound trains at Norwich or Brundall. Greater Anglia also have Groupsave tickets available for festival goers, offering up to a third off tickets for groups of more than three people travelling at the same time and Wherry Lines Ranger tickets are also available offering the opportunity to explore the local rail routes further.

Paul Haynes, Community Manager at Greater Anglia said; “Supporting local business and tourism is very important to us and we are therefore delighted to be able to both boost our services to and from Reedham Station helping to promote the Beer Festival this weekend.”

Lesley George from Festival Organisers, the Humpty Dumpty Brewery added; “We are thrilled to once again have the support of Greater Anglia and the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership for this years festival. We are keen to encourage our visitors to use the trains both across the region and when attending our event as this really helps to support our local community.”

Martin Halliday for the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership said; “We are pleased to support the Reedham Beer Festival and grateful to Greater Anglia for adding additional stops on services running from both Lowestoft and Norwich. Travelling to the event by train is much quicker than by road and with the Wherry Lines passing through some spectacular scenery, there is even more reason to avoid taking the car.”

The Humpty Dumpty Brewery was founded in 1998 and produces a range of award winning ales including Little Sharpie, Swallowtail, Broadland Sunrise and new for 2018, Branch Line Bitter along with a number of seasonal and occasional ales all produced at their Reedham site. The Reedham Beer Festival has grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade, with huge numbers expected to visit over the three day event. The railway first arrived in Reedham in 1844 and the village enjoys frequent services running on the Wherry Lines between Lowestoft and Norwich which cross the historic swing bridge over the River Yare with a more limited service running via the remote Berney Arms Station to Great Yarmouth.

More information on the 2018 Reedham Beer Festival is available at www.humptydumptybrewery.co.uk