05:52 Tuesday 10 December 2013
The East Anglian Railway Museum is located at Chappel & Wakes Colne Station on the Marks Tey to Sudbury branch Line. It has always been a matter of mystery how this branch and the station managed to survive the attentions and best efforts of Dr Beeching, but somehow it did.
This has left a unique situation of a very rural location for a Beer Festival, yet with a National Rail station actually within the festival Site. The location of this very convenient station means that the majority of people use the train to get to and from Beer Festivals here. Trains run to/from Sudbury (calling at Bures) to Marks Tey about hourly, with good connections at Marks Tey to London, Chelmsford, Shenfield, Witham, Colchester, Ipswich, Clacton and Norwich. It take just over the hour to reach Chappel from London Liverpool Street.
There is a hourly bus service from Stansted Airport, calling at Dunmow and Braintree, which then connects at Marks Tey for the train to Chappel. Normally for the duration of Beer festivals at the museum extra trains run up to and beyond festival closing time. Once we get confirmation of these train times, they are posted on the relevant beer festival web sites (see bottom of this page for links).
It is only a 10 min walk from Chappel Village centre where the hourly Colchester to Halsted bus service stops until late at night.
We do have some car parking at the site, but obviously having to drive home tends to spoil a good nights drinking, your driving licence and future insurance premiums.
A special Service is runs on the Marks Tey to Sudbury Line during the beer festival amd extra trains stop at Marks Tey (especially late at night) to make connections.
The 88 bus calls at Chappel Post Office, 10 Minutes Walk from the beer festival. This runs until late evening between Halstead and Colchester.
If you really must drive set your SATNav to CO6 2DS, and follow the signs to Chappel & Wakes Colne Station. We have free parking in front of the station.
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