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The Uke Express 2017 - Minehead - 1 Train, 300 Ukes

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For the fourth year in a row, the fantastic, fun-filled steam adventure that is The Uke Express is on the rails again! This year, a change of venue to keep things fresh, and we've chartered a private train on the West Somerset Railway on Saturday 28 October!

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The West Somerset line is the longest heritage railway line in the UK, and our train will take to the tracks to steam through the beautiful Quantock Hills from the seaside town of Minehead. As we pass by this lovely countryside, playing from the provided songbooks, preparations will be afoot for something interesting when we arrive at our destination, Bishops Lydeard.

Near the station, we've lined up The Uke Express Beer Festival at the village's Quantock brewery, with a marquee and hall available for us (with open mic stage!). The brewery will be selling various different local ales and ciders, including the specially commissioned Uke Express Ale - guaranteed to get you steaming! While you're free to explore the village instead, there's room for us all, and the venue will be selling wood fired pizzas and speciality hot-dogs throughout for lunch.

We'll then board the train again and head back to Minehead on another tuneful journey, where you're free to continue to strum away to your heart's content at any of the list of 'uke-friendly' pubs we'll list and send with tickets and songbooks, nearer the time.

There are two types of ticket, the day-only, which includes everything above - the train and beer festival. Then there's the weekend ticket, with entertainment on the Friday and Saturday night too. There are two venues, and you choose one to be your 'home venue' for the weekend. You'll go to that venue each evening, and we'll change the line-up! NOTE - ACCOMMODATION IS NOT INCLUDED - BUT THERE IS LOADS TO CHOOSE FROM IN WALKING DISTANCE!

Hobby Horse Hotel Venue

Friday Night - Matt Stead & Rob Ash, followed by the Hedge Inspectors Saturday Night - The League of Ukulele Gentlemen and Dead Mans Uke

Beach Hotel Venue

Friday Night - The League of Ukulele Gentlemen and Dead Mans Uke Saturday Night - Matt Stead & Rob Ash, followed by the Hedge Inspectors

Ticket prices are - Day Only £45 and Full Weekend £65

Beer, steam and ukulele all in one fantastic event!

*Please note, there will no buffet or meal at the evening venues, but our pub list will tell you where to go for something to eat. This was previously advertised, but has been replaced by extra acts at each concert venue.

** Capacity of train is 350 approx, including a buffet car for snacks and refreshments. However, we have capped the tickets at 300 so there's room for everyone to find a place easily, especially if they're in groups - places in the carriages are unreserved.

*** The train is for the exclusive use of our party - but non-uke playing friends and family are of course, allowed, and welcome!

**** Loads of options of accommodation and campsites at www.visit-exmoor.co.uk

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Uke Express Itinerary

 

Friday 27th October

Arrive at your accommodation

7pm Gather At Your Home Venue (Weekend Ticket Holders Only)

Either the "Beach Hotel" or "The Hobby Horse Ballroom"

7.30pm Concert featuring "The League Of Ukulele Gentlemen" and "Dead Man's Uke" at the Beach Hotel and "Matt Stead & Rob Ash" and "The Hedge Inspectors" at The Hobby Horse

9.30pm (approx) Open Mic and party in "The Hobby Horse Ballroom" - Beach Hotel ticket holders welcome to come over.

or free time to relax and strum in the place of your choice.

 

Saturday 28th October

09.20am Gather at Minehead Station.

9.45am Train leaves Prompt! Buffet car available.

11.30am arrive Bishops Lydeard

11.45pm- 1.30pm Beer and food festival and open mic at "The Quantock Brewery"

1.45pm Train departs for Minehead. Buffet car available

3.15-3.30pm Train arrives Minehead.

3.30 - 7pm Free time - List of 'uke-friendly and strum-prepared' pubs to be issued nearer the time! Grab yourself a bite to eat too.

7pm Gather At Your Home Concert Venue (Weekend Ticket Holders Only)

7.30pm Concert featuring "The League Of Ukulele Gentlemen" and "Dead Man's Uke" at the Hobby Horse and "Matt Stead" and "The Hedge Inspectors" at The Beach Hotel

9.30pm (approx) Open mic and party in "The Hobby Horse Ballroom" - Beach Hotel ticket holders welcome to come over.

or free time to relax and strum in the place of your choice.

 

The Hobby Horse

Esplanade, Minehead TA24 5QP

Phone: 01643 702274

The Beach Hotel

The Beach Hotel, The Avenue, Minehead, Somerset, TA245AP

Phone: 01643 704765

West Somerset Railway
The Railway Station
Minehead
Somerset
TA24 5BG

Quantock Brewery

Westridge Way

Bishop's Lydeard,

Taunton TA4 3RU

 

Buffet car available on train for snacks, hot and cold beverages etc