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5th Summer Ale & Steam Weekend

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The North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA in conjunction with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway are holding their 5th Summer Ale and Steam Weekend at Winchcombe and Toddington Stations, from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th August 2018


  We will again be splitting the beer sales between Winchcombe and Toddington Stations. For the second time, we will also open at Winchcombe station only on Friday, in addition to the normal opening at both stations on Saturday and Sunday.


Friday 10th August at Winchcombe only: Noon to 4 pm. Trains will be running.

Saturday 11th August at Winchcombe & Toddington: 10:30 am until 7 pm at Winchcombe. 5:45 pm at Toddington.

Sunday 12th August at Winchcombe & Toddington: 10:30 am until 4 pm (Closing time may be earlier if all beers have been consumed)


44 Beers in total, 30 at Winchcombe, and 14 at Toddington. Plus a selection of Ciders, Hot & Cold Food, Soft Drinks


        The Beers at Toddington will have a Cambridgeshire theme. Camping is available. See below right for details.


Train Times & Entry Cost


  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 “normal” souvenir glass for an additional £2, or a special half pint glass with handle for £3. If you return your glass a refund of £1 or £2 will be given (The other £1 goes towards washing the glass etc before it can be re-used), You will also need to purchase Beer Token Card(s) at £10 each. (No cash sales at the bar).


  Hence a complete normal bar package costs £12 or £13, depending on the type of glass desired. 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.


  The Blue timetable will be in operation on the Friday, a Special timetable will operate on the Saturday, and the Green timetable will be in operation on Sunday. The first trains from Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway will be:






Cheltenham Leave


10:55 (S)

10:05 (D)

11:05 (S)

Broadway Leave


10:50 (D)

11:20 (S)

11:30 (S)

  S = Stream, D = Diesel


  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 Summer 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


  Our Festivals Director will be Alan McLellan, who took over this role before the recent Spring Ale & Steam Weekend in May. His contact details will be published here shortly.


Beer & Cider List


The Full Beer & Cider list is now available, please click here





Winchcombe Station Bar is in the new building on Platform 1



Toddington Station Bar will be in the Waiting Room on Platform 2



4th Summer Ale & Steam Report

Please click on photo below:




Summer Festival Poster


Please click here




  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.


Web page details correct as at 2nd August 2018