Jul 2020

Midlands Railway Centre

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The basics

This volunteer-run festival steams into town at the Midlands Railway Centre.

The festival

Thomas! Thomas! Thomas, slow down! That's the sound of Tommy the Tank getting a little overexcited as he makes his way towards Indietracks, a tidy little music festival at the Midlands Railway Centre, celebrating all that is trains, and all that is music.

With over fifty new and established acts coming to the show, it's a great opportunity to hear some classics as well as some of the acts of tomorrow. A volunteer-run, family festival, the combination of arts, train rides and music is perfect for families. Not so good for self-conscious hipsters trying to look cool.

We regret nothing though. Those train rides are awesome. 

Our tip

Check out the marquee stalls. You might be in for a cheeky acoustic gig while you're shopping. 


Getting there

How do I get there?

Indietracks takes place at the Midland Railway Centre, near Ripley in Derbyshire. It’s about 12 miles from Derby, 15 miles from Nottingham and 25 miles from Sheffield.

The entrance is at Butterley Station, Butterley Hill, Ripley DE5 3QZ.  From here you can catch regular trains (including steam trains!) to the festival site. There is an ample car park for visitors at this entrance.

By car or taxi: The Midland Railway Centre (Butterley Station) is on the B6179, one mile north of Ripley, signposted from Ripley town centre, and from the A38, M1 junction 28.

By train or bus: The nearest train stations are Derby, Nottingham and Alfreton. Details of bus connections from train stations to the festival are below under Local Transport. Please visit for train information.

By air: The nearest airport is East Midlands (code EMA) which is served by budget airlines BMI Baby, Easyjet and Ryanair. The airport has dedicated bus links to Derby and Nottingham, from where local services can be taken. Alternatively, you can fly to London airports and travel by train to Derby, Nottingham or Alfreton.

By bus:

From Derby train station:

Bus services 40, 41, 44 and 45 link the Derby train and bus stations. Or it’s a 15 minute walk from the train station to the bus station. Bus services 9.1 and 9.2 go to Midland Railway Butterley.

The H1 bus service links Derby bus station to the Golden Valley campsite, which is a 10-15 minute walk from the festival site.

From Nottingham train station:

Trent Barton Rainbow 1 goes from Nottingham to Ripley town centre, which is a 15 minute walk or a quick bus ride (9.1, 9.2 or 9.3) to Butterley station.

From Alfreton train station:

Bus services 9.1, 9.2 and 9.3 link Alfreton station to Butterley Station.

The H1 bus service links Alfreton train station to the Golden Valley campsite.



Cheaper early bird tickets are available until 5pm on Sunday 3 May 2015. 

Tickets can be purchased either by calling the Midland Railway direct on 01773 747674, or by ordering online. Online tickets should be printed out. If you are buying a weekend ticket, you will be asked at the end of the online ordering process to specify that option. Tickets include use of all Midland Railway facilities, museums and attractions, including steam train rides all day. Ticket prices do not include accommodation – this must be booked separately.

Adult Weekend Ticket (24-26 July):

£68 (early bird – if purchased before 3 May)

£75 (standard price – if purchased after 3 May)

Adult Day Ticket – Saturday 25 July only: 

£37 (early bird – if purchased before 3 May) 

£39 (standard price – if purchased after 3 May)

Book now (via Midland Railway events page)

Adult Day Ticket - Sunday 26 July only:

£37 (early bird – if purchased before 3 May) 

£39 (standard price – if purchased after 3 May)

Book now (via Midland Railway events page)

Children’s tickets:

Under 5 years – free admission

5-14 years: £10 (weekend) / £6 (day)

Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

When can I get them?

Tickets on sale now

Where can I get them?

Tickets are available via the website.

More info

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