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.

Witcombe Cider Festival

Make time, and roll down to Witcombe this August Bank Holiday. Sorry about the cheesy pun.


The Little Orchard Cider & Music Festival

Little Apple festival is back with a vengeance this year, in a bigger and better form as The Little Orchard.


York Beer & Cider Festival

Bigger, better, boozier...


York Food and Drink Festival - Autumn

Don’t be a dork, head to York!


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