Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival 2018

The Market Bosworth Rail Ale Festival was held from Friday 27th July to Sunday 29th July 2018. As in previous years, the location was at The Goods Shed, Station Road, Market Bosworth, CV13 0PF and involved a joint operation between CAMRA and the Battlefield Line


”For my first go at beer festival organiser, I don't think it went too badly, although I could've done with a bit more time, especially in the last two weeks”.

The dry weather meant that the steam trains could not be used due to the risk of fire, so diesels were used. The hot weather finally broke on Saturday with showers all day although this didn't appear to affect the numbers. The drizzle virtually all day on Sunday made it a quiet day despite the steam trains finally being able to run.

We started on Friday with 5,796 pints of beer and 1,055 pints of cider, and by the close on Sunday the visitors had drunk:

  • 4,612 pints of beer
  • 990 pints of cider
  • 37 bottles of Prosecco
  • 16 1/2 litres of Pimms and
  • 84 bottles of beer - The 3 dozen bottles of “Tynt Meadow” from Mount St Bernard’s which had seemed a lot when I fetched them, barely lasted until Friday evening. A van load may have been better!

The fruit ciders sold fastest with the first to go being Seacider's Bakewell Tart and by the close on Saturday, all of the fruit ciders had gone - the extra 10 litre box we fetched from Sue at the Pestle on Saturday afternoon lasted just 1 hour 40 minutes. The first cider to sell out was the 4.5% Hawkes, Urban Orchard - another weaker one.

On the beer bar, the first to sell out was the Festival Special from Market Bosworth Brewery at 9.45 on Friday, closely followed by Framework's Citra Pale Ale. Goats Milk from Church End was 3rd on Saturday lunchtime. By close on Saturday 27 beers had sold out, and as usual, the ones by the door went first.

The beer of the Festival was Market Bosworth's Festival Special

I would like to thank everyone who helped at the festival, particularly Graham who dealt with all the Health & Safety stuff and liaised with Adrian at the Railway - without him this would have been a lot harder. Also Bex for ordering the beers, Sam for the ciders, Mike for Staffing, Linda for washing all of the glasses, Peter Scott for cleaning everything at the end (taps, cooling etc), Bethan and her team for counting all of the cash, Robin on Membership, Richard for publicity, David for the sponsorship, Darren for the use of his van to shift everything to/from the lock up, and lastly Martin and Adrian for being the 'dogs-bodies' and helping everywhere.

Next year will also be the 10th festival and the 50th anniversary of the railway. The dates will be 26 to 28 July 2019 and we hope to see you all there.

Jackie Wallis – Beer Festival Organiser

Many thanks to this year's sponsors and advertisers:-

Alan & Rose Cooke
Angel Ale House
Batter of Bosworth
Bosworth Garage
Bosworth Marina
Bosworth Water Park
Cabin Store, Jackson's of Twycross
Content, Market Bosworth
Dadlington Old Gits Society
Deb 'N' Hair, Ibstock
Dowsett Moore, Hinckley
Dowsett Moore, Nuneaton
Elizabeth Ann Hair & Beauty, Market Bosworth
Flying Spares, Market Bosworth
Graeme Watkins Railways
Hercules Revived, Sutton Cheney
Heritage Transport Restoration & Supplies Ltd
Hinckley Lawnmowers, Stapleton
Hinckley RFC
Horse & Jockey, Congerstone
J T Tilley & Sons, Burbage
John Brindley Ltd
Kayleigh Young Glass, Shenton Station
Lime Kilns Brew Pub, Burbage
Lord Hop, Nuneaton
Mercury News, Market Bosworth
Michaelmass House, Market Bosworth
Pingle Petstore, Stapleton
Pink Gin Boutique, Market Bosworth
Progress Windows, Hinckley
Pro-Tech CNC Limited
Reuben Heaton, Market Bosworth
Richard III Society
Rose & Radish, Market Bosworth
Skin City Leicester
The Barn Inn, Upton
The Black Horse, Sheepy Magna
The Clock Shop, Market Bosworth
The Cock Inn, Sibson
The Crown Inn, Heather
The Dixie Arms, Market Bosworth
The Gate Hangs Well, Carlton
The Graphic, Market Bosworth
The Millers, Sibson
The New Inn, Peggs Green
The Odd House, Snarestone
The Railway Steamin Billy, Hinckley
The Royal Red Gate
Thistle Cottage Tea Rooms, Market Bosworth
TOLLG8 Garage, Hinckley
Waggon & Horses, Ibstock
Ward Surveyors
Ye Olde Red Lion, Market Bosworth
Battlefield Line
The Elbow Room Ale & Cider House
Elbow Room
Globe (& Swan at Fradley)
New Plough
Pestle & Mortar
Shilton Vaults
Elliswood Brewery