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10th Spring Ale & Steam Weekend

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The North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA in conjunction with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway are holding their 10th Spring Ale and Steam Weekend at Winchcombe and Toddington Stations on the 19th and 20th May 2018


We will again be splitting the beer sales between Winchcombe and Toddington Stations.


The bar on both stations will be open from 10:30 until 19:00 at Winchcombe, or 17:45 at Toddington on Saturday 19th, and from 10:30 until 17:00 (at both stations) on Sunday 20th. Opening on Sunday will be subject to beer availability.


40 Beers in total, 28 at Winchcombe, and 12 at Toddington. Plus Hot & Cold Food with Soft Drinks


The beers at Toddington will have a Wessex theme.

Camping is available. See below for details.


Train Times & Entry


A ticket for travel or a platform ticket (2 at Winchcombe, 1 at Toddington) on the day is required for entry to the event. You will then need to buy a standard souvenir glass for an additional 2. If you return your glass a refund of 1 will be given (The other 1 goes towards washing the glass etc before it can be re-used), You will also need to purchase a Beer Token Card(s) for the value of 10. (No cash sales at the bar).


Hence a complete normal bar package costs 12. Any unused tokens can be exchanged back for cash, or donated to charity


You only need to buy a bar package once, which you can use at either bar. Extra token cards can be purchased as required.


An enhanced Red timetable will be in operation on Saturday. The first train from Cheltenham Racecourse leaves at 10:05 (Railcar), and from Broadway at 11:20 (Steam). The last train back from Toddington to Cheltenham is at 18:00 (Railcar), and the last train back to Broadway from Winchcombe is at 16:36 (Steam).


The normal Red timetable will be in operation on Sunday. The first train from Cheltenham Racecourse leaves at 11:05, and from Broadway at 11:20.


For further information on train times please visit http://www.gwsr.com


Limited Car Parking


Please note that parking at Winchcombe is very limited and it is more fun travelling there by train. (Ample parking available at Cheltenham Race Course and at Toddington Station)


Impact of Broadway Station Opening


This is the first Ale & Steam weekend with the railway extended to Broadway. Presently parking near the station at Broadway is not available, but there are car parks in the town. Please select this link for details. There are no present plans to have a bar at Broadway Station at any Ale & Steam event.


The attendance at this event may be another record due to extra rail traffic as a result of the Broadway opening, so please come early if you can.




If you would like to help at this event, please click here for a helpers form. Please print this, fill it in by hand, and scan it. Then please forward the completed scanned form as an attachment to our Webmaster Peter Rowe. These will then be passed on to our Festivals Director.


Further Information

This year we have a new Festivals Director, Alan McLellan. His contact details will be published here shortly.




The camp site is at Manor Farm, Market Lane, Greet. GL54 5BJ. Tents are 6 per person per night. Campervans and caravans are 16 per night to include use of one of 4 available electricity points. When you arrive, please contact Mr or Mrs Day at Manor Farm.


Beer & Cider List


Please print the beer list in advance if you can, as copies may be limited at the event. To help you, this year the beer list is in two formats. Please select either:


No Pictures Simple List

With Pictures Detailed List




Winchcombe Station Bar will be on Platform 1, in a new building which opened earlier this year. The drinking area will be on platform 2 as normal.




Toddington Station Bar will be in the waiting room on Platform 2 as usual.




9th Spring Ale & Steam Report

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Spring Festival Poster


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Web page details correct as at 2nd May 2018