Welcome to WensleyAle.

WensleyAle is the annual Real Ale and Music festival organised each year with the Wensleydale Railway.


The festival and events team are now taking a bit of a break to recharge their batteries before we start the planning of the 2018 festival. Lots of things are still happening on the railway, with a number of exciting projects taking place during the winter months, including upgrades to some of our level crossings, adding a new loop line and platform at Leyburn station and the building of a new engine shed at Leeming Bar.


Make a note in your diary for next year, we will be back 25th – 28th May 2018, even before we pulled our last pint we started the planning for next year.

As we are always looking out for people to come along and help us out, if you are interested, click here for details

We would like to acknowledge our sponsors, without whom the festival wouldn’t exists. Our main sponsor for 2017 Leeds Brewery.

Our glass sponsor was Matrix Power, who  generously sponsored the souvenir  glassware for the festival.

 Direct Rail Services provided our visiting locomotives and drivers for the weekend

And our thanks go out to the fine people at Grand Central, who again supported this years event


From the very first days of it being formed in the 1990’s, the aim was for the railway to be a key part of the community. This aim has not changed and we hope that WensleyAle can bring both local residents and visitors to enjoy the live music, fantastic selection of drinks and amazing views of Pen Hill

We also organise and run dedicated trains throughout the year serving a selection of real ales and themed with other interesting products. We will be running a Gin and Ale train on the 1oth June and a Prosecco, Cocktail and Canape’s train on the 15th July.

See this blog written by one of our visitors: