Beer and Cider Festival

Nailsea gears up for its popular beer and cider festival next month

FANS are counting down the days until this year’s Nailsea and Backwell Beer and Cider Festival.

The event will run from July 15-17 at Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, in West End Park, to raise money for the Children’s Hospice South West.

The festival has raised more than �40,000 for charities since the event started seven years ago.

As well as more than 100 beers and ciders to sample there will also be live music from local bands, including The Somerset Paddies and Dicey Rileys, and a number of side stalls and attractions for people of all ages.

Festival committee chairman, Paul Turner said: “We are now organising our eighth festival which continues to be very popular, not only with the local community but we have people attending from Gloucestershire, Wales and Devon.

“This festival would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and we are really grateful to the sponsors who continue to help us each year and the new sponsors joining us this year.”

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Last year the event attracted around 3,000 people and raised �3,500 for Nailsea Army Cadets and �3,000 for Help for Heroes.

Tickets are priced at �7 in advance and are available in Nailsea from Nailsea and Backwell Rugby Club, Corner Stores, in Kingshill, John Brown’s, in High Street, and Gilly’s Caf�, in High Street.

For more details about the festival visit Entrance is �9 on the day and includes entry for all three days, a commemorative beer glass and your first beer or cider.

This year organisers are giving people the chance to sponsor a barrel to mark a a special occasion such as an anniversary or birthday.

It will cost �96 and you can add a message, name or photograph to the barrel signage to show who it is for.

Anyone sponsoring a barrel will receive four tickets to the festival with their first drinks token and an invite to the exclusive sponsors evening the night before the festival starts. To sponsor a barrel call Simon Davis on 07742 619922.

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