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What is the first thing that springs to mind when I say, “cider drinker”? A West Country lad, propped up on a bale of hay swigging from a jug of scrumpy?

The South West arguably do cider festivals pretty darn well – sometimes combining them with the harvest-homes, where you might stumble across country cider-drinking legends The Wurzels kicking up the corn. But there’s more to cider festivals than hay barns and hog roasts.   

For a start, not all take place in the farm environment: you can sample your way through artisan ciders while strolling along beside the seaside at the likes of the Grand Pier Cider Festival; in historic grounds such as Nottingham Castle; in the midst of a national cycling centre as at the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, or as part of a complete cider adventure, such as you find at the Welsh Cider Adventure (clue’s in the name). 

Cider-making is an ancient practice; in fact it is so old its methods of production are documented on one of the earliest known written records, the Epic of Gilgamesh. Nowadays drinkers can find the most eye-watering, face scrunching home brews to sweet and fruity perries at cider festivals across the country.  

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

Welsh Perry & Cider Festival

This four-day event will also include live music – you’re in for a spectacular weekend of drinking, dining and dancing, and you can even camp onsite should you wish to extend the merrymaking.

25
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

Stratford-upon-Avon Beer & Cider Festival

Grab your tankard and quench your thirst with your choice of over 70 beers and 30 ciders and prepare for a weekend to remember.

06
Jul
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