Extra train services added for popular beer festival

PUBLISHED: 11:14 16 July 2018 | UPDATED: 11:14 16 July 2018

Branch Line Bitter, which will be one of the beers at the festival. Picture: HUMPTY DUMPTY BREWERY

Branch Line Bitter, which will be one of the beers at the festival. Picture: HUMPTY DUMPTY BREWERY

Humpty Dumpty Brewery

A popular beer festival has been boosted by extra train services enabling more people to visit this weekend’s event by rail.

Now in its 11th year, Reedham Beer Festival is set to present more than 75 real ales and ciders, along with a Summer cocktail bar, a wide range of locally produced food and live music.

The Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership has worked with Greater Anglia and festival organisers, Humpty Dumpty Brewery, to add additional stops on services running between Norwich and Lowestoft to the event. Services connecting with Great Yarmouth are also available via Berney Arms and via Norwich and Brundall.

Held at Reedham Village Hall from noon to 11pm on Friday, July 20 and Saturday, July 21 and from noon to 6pm on Sunday, July 22, a charity football match will also be held in support of Prostate Cancer UK.

Live music during Friday includes The Chuffinches, A.S.K., Barney Holmes and Ukulele Simon, on Saturday the line up is headlined by popular covers band The Jacks plus The Anyones, Sam Coe and The Longshadows and Mammal Not Fish with Sunday’s live entertainment from DNA, Christy Bullen and The Shackelton Trio.

Paul Haynes, community manager at Greater Anglia, said: “Supporting local business and tourism is very important to us and we are therefore delighted to be able to both boost our services to and from Reedham Station helping to promote the Beer Festival this weekend.”

Lesley George, from festival organisers the Humpty Dumpty Brewery, added: “We are thrilled to once again have the support of Greater Anglia and the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership for this year’s festival. We are keen to encourage our visitors to use the trains both across the region and when attending our event as this really helps to support our local community.”

Martin Halliday, for the Wherry Lines Community Rail Partnership, said: “We are pleased to support the Reedham Beer Festival and grateful to Greater Anglia for adding additional stops on services running from both Lowestoft and Norwich. Travelling to the event by train is much quicker than by road and with the Wherry Lines passing through some spectacular scenery, there is even more reason to avoid taking the car.”

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The Humpty Dumpty Brewery was founded in 1998 and produces a range of award winning ales including Little Sharpie, Swallowtail, Broadland Sunrise and new for 2018, Branch Line Bitter along with a number of seasonal and occasional ales all produced at their Reedham site.

The Reedham Beer Festival has grown rapidly in popularity over the past decade, with huge numbers expected to visit over the three day event.

The railway first arrived in Reedham in 1844 and the village enjoys frequent services running on the Wherry Lines between Lowestoft and Norwich which cross the historic swing bridge over the River Yare with a more limited service running via the remote Berney Arms Station to Great Yarmouth.

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