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Gin and Rum Event

Spirits of the Railway

Welcome to the Churnet Valley Railway’s Spirits of the Railway a 5.5-mile festival that takes you to your destination as the train takes the strain for one fabulous day out. 

Enjoy a drink as you travel along the Churnet Valley hauled by one of our heritage locomotives, with the unique experience of being able to sample a multitude of tipples offering varying tastes from all four corners of the country – all from the comfort of our 1950s carriages.

This event will offer over 50 types of Rum and Gin this doesn’t include the Real Ales, and Prosecco on offer served across three stations whilst each service train will have a pop-up bar onboard. Adding to the event will be the local pubs, with one within walking distance of each our stations, and all who will be offering their own menu of drinks over the weekend.

On Friday and Saturday trains will also run late into the evening, with discounted tickets available after 16:00. Whether you’re the seasoned drinker, adventurous hipster or a careful free spirit of your group – there will be a taste for everyone on the Churnet Valley Railway!

Froghall Station becomes hive of activity during this event with the main bar located here, and entertainment will be provided all day with live music and tasty food on offer within the station site.
The Entertainment
With a variety of entertainment on over the weekend, we will be sure to keep to good times going while you enjoy your new favourite drink.
The names of acts who will be performing will be listed here as they are confirmed, but to stay up to date “like” us on Facebook to get the latest and most up-to-date news.

The Station Bar at Froghall Station will be open :

  • Friday 15:00 till 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 till 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 till 17:30

The main event bar will be serving 50 Gins and Rum and then we have the Real Ales and Prosseco to compliment this over the weekend, with last orders at 22:30.

The Signals Tea Room at Froghall Station will be open :

  • Friday 15:00 till 23:00
  • Saturday 10:00 till 23:00
  • Sunday 10:00 till 17:30

The Signals Tea Room will be offering meals throughout the weekend, to be eaten in or taken away. We provide a whole range of meals and options, freshly prepared in our tea rooms or on the BBQ.

The Goods Shed Tea Room at Cheddleton will be open :

  • Saturday 10:00 till 18:00
  • Sunday 10:00 till 17:30

The tea room will be serving a selection of light bites, sweets, cakes and everything in-between, with a BBQ also available at Cheddleton Station, you will be able to find that tasty side to go with your perfect tipple.

Discounted tickets are available on line, as well as tasting notes to be added soon, so don’t miss out!


  • All Day BBQ
  • Music All Day
  • Busy two train timetable
  • Selection of new Gins and Rums
  • Locally sourced Gin