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20th Ale & Steam Weekend

First weekend held in June 2009

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The North Cotswold Branch of CAMRA in conjunction with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway are holding their 20th Ale and Steam Weekend at Winchcombe and Toddington Stations from Friday 27th May until Sunday 29th May 2022


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


On Friday 27th May, the bar on both stations will be open from 10:30 until 18:00.

On Saturday 28th May the bar will be open from 10:30 until 18:30 at Winchcombe, and 18:15 at Toddington.

On Sunday 29th May, both bars will be open from 11:00 until 16:00. Opening on Sunday will be subject to beer availability.


The total number of Beers will be about 45, made up from 30 at Winchcombe and 15 at Toddington. 12 different Ciders/Perry will also be available, split between the two stations. Plus Hot & Cold Food with Soft Drinks


Train Times & Entry


A ticket for travel or a platform ticket costing 2, valid on the day, is required for entry to the event. You will then need to buy a standard souvenir glass for an additional 2. 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.


You only need to buy a bar package once, which you can use at either bar. Extra token cards can be purchased as required. Unused tokens can either be donated to charity, or cashed in, during festival opening times only. Similarly, glasses can be returned; a refund of 1 will be given.


An enhanced timetable will be in operation on both Friday and Saturday, including a shuttle DMU between Winchcombe and Toddington stations. First train from Cheltenham at 10:00. See GWR site for train times from Broadway.


The normal timetable will be in operation on Sunday. See GWR site.


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)


The attendance at this event may be another record due to extra rail traffic as a result of the Broadway opening in 2018 and the extended bar opening times, so please come early if you can.


Cheltenham Tasting Panel


The above will be in the Winchcombe Marquee on platform 2 this year, in connection with scoring and shortlisting beers for Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) Tasting Panel. You are welcome to chat to the team to find out more.




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 Ale & Steam Festival Director, (Alan McLellan)


Further Information

Please email Alan McLellan




Beer & Cider Lists


Please click this link





Winchcombe Station Bar will be on Platform 1, in a new building which opened early in 2018.




Toddington Station Bar will be in a Marquee, for the first time, on Platform 1


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The Previous Ale & Steam Weekend Report (2019)

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Web page details correct as at 24th May 2022