Steam & Beer (& Diesel) 2024

Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June 2024

Steam & Beer will be held on last weekend in June (29/30th) with live music from midday until late on the Saturday and live music until 6pm on Sunday.

There will be a barbecue serving locally sourced hot dogs and burgers both days (cash only).

We have ordered 18 craft ales and 12 ciders from across Kent, Surrey and Sussex plus Pimms and more. The ales and ciders will be chilled using professional chillers.

Branded, reusable plastic glasses will be available from the Railway Shop for just £3.50 each.

Please note, Captain Jack Sparrow will not be attending on the Sunday, as we will have another day of live music instead.

The bands on the DS Smith Stage

This year we have ten bands over the two days, Tracy T will be hosting with DJ Nat S so there’s no break in the entertainment. For the first time, we will also have professional sound equipment to allow for quick changeovers and the best sound quality possible – stay late to see the lights in an action too! This year’s excellent bands are:

  • Marvellous Mo and The Backline Ferrets
  • Cakehole
  • Cover2Cover
  • Camden Shades
  • Weekend Play
  • Looking Back
  • Lavinia
  • The Mcartney Project
  • Bourne & Bred
  • Echo 90

A massive thank you to DS Smith for providing the stage (and all the other things they do for us!), the bands, F1 Sound Co. for providing the PA & Sound Technician, DJ Nat S and host Tracy T for organising the bands and providing entertainment between bands.


The journey takes 15 minutes. Trains shown in bold are hauled by steam locomotive ‘Premier’, the other trains will be diesel-hauled. The festival will be held at Kemsley Down.


Trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct at: 11am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm & 9pm

Trains depart Kemsley Down at: 11.50am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm, 4.30pm, 5.30pm, 6.30pm, 7.30pm 8.30pm, 10pm & 11pm


Trains depart Sittingbourne Viaduct at: 11am, 11.30am, 12.15pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm 5pm

Trains depart Kemsley Down at: 11.50am, 12.30pm, 1.35pm, 2.35pm, 3.35pm, 4.35pm & 6pm

Steam locomotive ‘Premier’

Diesel locomotive ‘Victor’

Diesel locomotive ‘Barton Hall’

Special fares apply

Adults – £12
Senior Citizens – £11
Children (aged 3-15) – £8
Under 3s – free
SKLR Adult Members – £4
SKLR Child Members – £4

Online exclusive – Adult Weekend Ticket – £20. You cannot stay overnight but you can come back on Sunday to enjoy more bands and beer! Weekend tickets can only be purchased on the Saturday bookings page. 

Tickets are on sale now! 


Fare includes train ride and entry to the festival. There is no alternative entrance – everyone must arrive by train from Sittingbourne Viaduct.

Souvenir plastic pint glasses are available (whilst stocks last) at just £3.50 each

Real Ale & Cider Prices

These are expected to cost up to £4.50 per pint.

Provisional Real Ales List

Will be announced closer to the date of the event


Download our posters:

Highlights poster: 2024 – Steam & Beer

Bands poster: 2024 – Steam & Beer – bands

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