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2 lip-smacking new events have been added to the 2024 calendar at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.

As well as real ale festivals, cider and cheese events and 1940s and 1960s weekends, the Havenstreet-based attraction has announced a brand-new Gin and Steam Weekend, as well as regular Fish and Chip Tuesdays throughout July and August.

The Gin and Steam Weekend on 15th/16th June will give gin lovers the chance to sample a whole range of craft gins from a number of distillers, at bars throughout the site and onboard the train. And even if you are not a gin fan, there will be a range of rums, vodkas, tequilas and more to enjoy.

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For the ultimate relaxed and carefree experience, join the Gin Train and travel in unique style while sipping your choice of tipple behind one of the historic steam locomotives as it travels through the Island’s countryside.

The weekend includes fabulous live music and entertainment guaranteed to lift your spirits.

On Tuesdays, from 2nd July to 27th August, you can take in a relaxed evening that includes a proper fish and chip supper and a ride through the Island’s countryside in the luxury of an Edwardian carriage pulled by an historic steam locomotive.

An added bonus will be a free falconry display, weather permitting, from partner organisation The Falconry Experience.

These 2 new additions add to an amazing range of attractions at the IW Steam Railway, from the Real Ale Festival on 4th-6th May to Wizard Week and Race the Train in late October/November.

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Marc Morgan Huws, General Manager at Isle of Wight Steam Railway, says:

“Gin has become a huge growth market in Britain, and everybody loves a fish and chip supper, so we wanted to bring those two great British staples to Havenstreet this year.

“We hope Islanders and visitors alike will enjoy them.”

For full details of the summer programme at the IW Steam Railway go to

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