Whisky galore

Early bird ticket sales for the 2019 Bedfordshire Whisky Festival will end on Sunday, May 19.

Reduced entry tickets, offering the equivalent of free entry, and the opportunity to buy engraved festival glasses will not be available after this date, with only full-priced tickets available. Following the success of the inaugural event last year, the 2019 edition will be bigger in every way. There will be more masterclasses with extra tickets available, a greater selection of whiskies and other spirits, and a larger range of entry options.

It all takes place from 10.30am until 4pm in the engine shed at Page’s Park on Sunday June 16, when there will be five masterclasses, each on a different theme. Limited to 20 spaces, these half-hour tastings will be held by whisky writer Billy Abbott, encompassing breakfast whiskies, a beginners’ guide, fruity liqueurs, world whisky and something special to finish the day.

Around 60 whiskies, spirits and premixed cocktails will be available, with prices starting at £1 per taste. Soft drinks will be on hand for designated drivers, and accompanied children, as well as a hot food stand, and local gin producer Willow Tree Distilling.

Locomotives not being used in service on the day will be available to view, as well as the railway’s popular guided Engine Shed Show.

For those who wish to take a break from the drams, an enhanced train service will be in operation from Page’s Park Station, departing hourly between 10.30am and 3.30pm. In addition, subject to availability, footplate rides will be offered to visitors to Page’s Park Station using 1912-built steam locomotive, PC Allen.

Festival organiser Rocky Lancer said: ‘I’m delighted that the Leighton Buzzard Railway have agreed to host the Bedfordshire Whisky Festival again in 2019. With all the profits being donated to the railway, I’m looking forward to many customers enjoying the day and supporting a good cause at the same time.’

Full details on the festival, as well as fee-free booking for the event and masterclasses can be found at http://www.buzzrail.co.uk, or via the direct link http://bit.ly/bwf19