WensleyAle Festival returns for a third year

WensleyAle Festival.

Wensleydale Railway have announced it is to hold a third real ale and music festival which will take place next month.

The WensleyAle Festival 2017 will be held at Redmire Station from May 26 to 29.

Trains will run along the Wensleydale Railway between Leeming Bar and Redmire all weekend.

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Visitors can enjoy the real ale and live music on offer in the marquee with spectacular views overlooking Pen Hill.

In total there will be 35 real ales and ten ciders, as well as wine and soft drinks.

The first festival was held in 2015 with only a handful of volunteers and according to organisers it has been a “learning lessons on a curve most locomotives would not have been able to negotiate”.

Last year the event was boosted with sponsorship from companies  such as Copper Dragon and Dark Horse.

The railway said it also received fantastic support from the local community with over 15 companies sponsoring a cask of ale in return for free travel and samples.

The 2017 festival promises to be even bigger and better than the previous two years with sponsors including Leeds Brewery, York Brewery and Treboom, music acts from near and far such as The Yum and Fargo Railroad and quality food stalls including Brymor Ice cream.

Ken Monkman, chairman of the Wensleydale Railway Association Trust, said that for those with a love for diesel locomotives they would be welcoming back their friends from Direct Rail Services, who will be providing a visiting locomotive for the festival.

He added: “We are delighted to be holding a third WensleyAle Festival where not only do we get to showcase a fantastic array of ales and live music, we also get to help raise funds which will contribute towards funding the relaying of the line to Aysgarth Station.”

For more details on the festival, click here.