Come and enjoy a range of great tasting gins, as G&T takes on a whole new meaning for the Churnet Valley's returning Gin Festival following its successful premiere in 2016. With a selection of fresh garnishes to support your chosen tipple, plus our popular breakfast BBQ, you'll be sure to enjoy a drink or two in this very British summer event.
In a joint effort with North Staffordshire's very own Society Bar from Newcastle-U-L, over 40 different Gins will be on offer along with their own recommended FeverTree Tonic and accompanying garnish, served between bars at each of our stations as well as on-board each of our trains.
The event gets underway on Friday 25th August, with the main bar at Kingsley & Froghall station opening at 12 noon until 11pm.
At 3.35pm a diesel service will begin operation from Cheddleton, to connect with the main bar, and running until late in the evening.
A printable version of the timetable is available.
Live acoustic music will be on offer at Froghall throughout the evening adding to the event.
Admission to Froghall station bar is free, but a valid train ticket will be required to journey along the Churnet Valley Railway (£6/person, purchase on-the-train).
Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th and Bank Holiday Monday 28th
The main event then gets underway on Saturday 26th August, as a two-train steam & diesel service operates along the railway throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, with static bars open on both Cheddleton and Kinglsey & Froghall stations as well as onboard both service sets. Each bar will have their own specific selection of gins.
Live acoustic music will be on offer at Froghall main event bar from 12 noon until 5pm, with an evening show from 6pm until 10pm.
Admission to the station bars is free, however a valid train ticket is required to use the train service (discount available on pre-booked tickets).
Your train travel ticket will include an event brochure.
All Gins have been categorised into 3x styles -: Standard / Premium / Super Premium. These will be priced at £3 / £4 / £5 respectively per 25ml serving. All FeverTree Tonics will be priced at £1 per bottle, with your chosen garnish being free with each serving.
An extended evening service will run Saturday & Sunday night which is included as part of all day tickets, but evening only tickets will also be available on the day only from 5pm onwards. (£6/person, purchase on-the-train).
Please Note -:
*We will be operating a strict "Think 21" policy, so if you are so lucky to look under 21 years of age proof of ID will be required
*We reserve the right to refuse entry to the railway for any reason without the right for refund
*All our staff are volunteers, and any verbal and/or physical abuse will not be tolerated. We reserve the right to remove any person(s) found to be abusing staff without the right to a refund.
*Smoking is not permitted within any station building or onboard any of our train services