10 of the best beer festivals

10 of the best beer festivals

Ok craft lovers and cider suppers, it’s time to get thinking about which festivals you’re going to experience this spring and summer. So, we’ve rounded up some of the best-loved festivals throughout the UK to help you pick a break that’s all about celebrating beer, cider and the Great British barbeque.

1. Ale and Cider Festival, Exeter, 28th – 30th August

Put any event in Exeter and it instantly feels like something to remember, and the Ale and Cider Festival at Exeter Phoenix sees the city collaborate with the St Austell Brewery to showcase some of the region’s famous ales and ciders.

2. Isle of Wight Steam Railway Real Ale Festival, 30th April – 2nd May

Havenstreet Station on the Wight hosts the annual Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival, and this is one for the whole family since you can sample the brews and then hop aboard one of the steam trains for a leisurely journey through the countryside. What more could you want?

3. Beer Festival, Corfe Castle, 29th April – 2nd May

If you like your beer festivals in unique locations, then how about this one…right in the shadow of Dorset’s Corfe Castle, the Greyhound Inn hosts a beer festival with 20 ales and ciders, as well as seafood, lobster and woodfired pizzas. Yum.

4. Occombe Beer Festival, 3th - 4th June

One of South Devon’s most popular events, the Occombe Beer Festival takes place on a real working farm in the countryside close to Paignton, and live bands clamour for the stage as the crowds sup on local beer. It's in aid of the Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust too.

5. Beer and Music Festival at Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, Harrogate, 29th – 30th April

This one’s a hearty celebration of all things Yorkshire, and that means plenty of opportunity to sample real ales, cider and lager from the region to the sound of live music…and there’s a barbeque for when you get peckish too.

6. Outcider Festival, Somerset, 5th – 7th August

One for the grown ups as it’s for over 18s only, the Outcider festival in Compton Martin is all about having a great time to live music, being yourself and most importantly, sampling the cider we all know and love Somerset for.

7. Blackdown Hills Beer and Music Festival, Devon, 12th - 13th August

This one’s your chance to indulge in an event that’s all about beer and cider with the gorgeous Blackdown Hills as the backdrop. With entertainment all weekend and a family atmosphere, this year will be the event’s 20 th birthday…hurray!

8. Smugglers Den Ale and Pie Festival, Newquay, 28th April – 2nd May

With more than 80 ales and 20 ciders to choose from, this may be one of the smaller festivals on our list but it has a brilliant atmosphere. The Smugglers Den’s found in the sleepy hamlet of Trebellan close to Newquay, and the homemade pies top off a great weekend.

9. Powerstock Cider Festival , West Dorset, 23rd April

If you like your cider festivals quaint then you’re in for a treat…the Powerstock Cider Festival may be one of Dorset’s most popular but its feet are still on the ground. Held in the Powerstock Village Hut, the festival attracts more than 20 local brewers keen to show off their...

10. Driftwood Spars Ale and Sausage Festival, St Agnes, 29th April – 2nd May

We can’t picture a prettier spot for an ale festival than right on Trevaunance Cove near the whitewashed village of St Agnes, and visitors and locals rub shoulders as they celebrate local sausages and a shared love of ale.
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