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Beer festivals come in all shapes and sizes, from a knees-up at your local pub to a full-scale CAMRA event complete with field, marquees and live music. Whatever form they take the emphasis is always firmly on craft.

Ale and beer are beverages we are very proud of here in Blighty, dating back hundreds of years. The Benedictine monks of yore would be proud of their legacy and continued celebration of artfully crafted ales.    

A beverage of this calibre and history deserves our full attention and appreciation. Ale is far from a mere tipple, it’s the drink of our nation, and comes in various brews, flavours and ages. Beer festivals offer time to share our love of the humble hop and introduce our favourite cask ales to friends and family, often to the accompaniment of live music.

The Great British Beer Festival is currently the UK’s largest beer celebration, founded in 1977 and organised by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Among the bevy of beer festivals there are those that have been running for decades, like the Ealing Beer Festival and brand new events popping up all the time.

It’s not unusual to find ale-loving festival organisers teaming their events with complementary foodstuffs, like the ever-popular combo of beer and sausages and of course beer and cider go hand in hand; often where you find real ale, you’ll find real cider too.  Tankards ahoy! 

Please note, only festivals from today's date are shown below.

Weybridge Beer, Cider, Wine and Gin Festival

Weybridge Vandals Rugby Club are proud to present the fourth annual Weybridge Beer, Cider and Wine Festival.

20
Apr

Brighton Tap Takeover

Some of the world’s greatest craft brewers are descending on to Brighton for the South Coast’s biggest craft beer festival.

27
Apr

The Reading Beer and Cider Festival

The Reading Beer and Cider Festival returns to King’s Meadow for its 22nd Year

03
May

Whittingham Beer & Sausage Festival

For a fun-filled sausage fiesta, Preston will be sizzling up a storm this April

04
May

Ludlow Food Festival (Spring)

There’s no need to wait until autumn to get your hit of Ludlow food fun. Springtime is all about beer, bangers and bread.

12
May

Tynemouth Food Festival

Three crowns, three kings and now three marquees; Tynemouth Priory and Castle is to be commandeered by gastronomes for a weekend of gluttony in May

12
May
17
May

Ashby Gusto Food & Drink Festival

Spring into spring and gorge yourself with gusto at Ashby Gusto Food & Drink Festival

26
May

Asparafest

Roll up, roll up for Ashdown Farm’s aspara-tastic festival featuring live music, fresh food, country crafts, barrels of beer and barrels of laughs

31
May
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