For many people, there is nothing better than a cool and refreshing pint of delicious beer on a warm summer’s day, or evening, or well any time for that matter. If the thought of trying out a full range of exceptional beers and possibly a few ciders too along with some great food, sounds like time well spent, you should check out some of the best British Beer Festivals in 2018.
Below you will find a snapshot of highlights from the length and breadth of the country of all the best beer festivals.
FyneFest, Achadunan, Cairndow, Argyll
Are you interested in craft beers? Do you live in Scotland or are you planning on visiting the western coast during June? If so, why not make a point of attending the FyneFest that runs from the 1st to the 3rd of June.
This is more than just a little trip into the local town hall for some tasty beverages. FyneFest has all the hallmarks of the average British summertime festival – beer, food, camping and lots of live music.
Don’t worry mum and dad, the children can come to as it is family friendly and if beer isn’t your thing, there will not only be 25 ciders to choose from, but a wide range of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks to enjoy.
Tyndale Beer and Cider Festival, Corbridge, Northumberland
Perhaps Scotland and the beautiful Argyll is too far north of the border for you and you are looking for something in the English north east. Look no further than the Tyndale Beer and Cider Festival. This is another multi-day event that also includes camping and runs from 14th to 16th of June.
How does spending the weekend at the lovely Tyndale Park in Corbridge sound to you? Not convinced? How about we mention the fact that last year, the Tyndale Beer and Cider Festival had 124 national and local real ales and that this year will already feature a similar amount with the addition of some new breweries into the mix as well.
Again, as this is a beer and cider festival, there is also the option of at least 25 ciders and perrys. If beer and cider really don’t tickle your fancy, there will also be a sophisticated wine bar. All this plus lots of live music, fun for all the family and a whole host of food providers covering festival classics such as pizza and BBQ (with a Polish twist)
Vegetarians are also welcome, with a wide range of options at all food stalls.
The Great British Beer Festival, London Olympia, Kensington
As any informed and very serious beer lover will tell you CAMRA have a passion for promoting real beers and real ales in real pubs. Based in St Albans, CAMRA or Campaign for Real Ale is a completely independent and voluntary-run consumer organisation.
In case you have been hiding under a rock for over 4 decades, The Great British Beer Festival is the biggest of its kind in Britain and is hosted by CAMRA. It is attended by a crowd of over 50,000 visitors every year and its not hard to see why – with over 1,000 real ales sourced from remarkable and interesting microbreweries on home soil, along with some classic British beer, ale and cider brands.
From August 7th through to the 11th, London Olympia will be taken over by a full-on pub experience on a grand scale. Expect savoury snacks, crisps, pork scratchings, live entertainment (possibly even karaoke), pub quizzes and even some good old fashioned games. As well as a number of surprises, such as one-off specials just for the event and limited edition brews.
As well as the stuff on tap, you will also be able to taste many hundreds of different bottled beers, both domestic and foreign.
Newquay Beer Festival, Hendra Holiday Park, Newquay, Cornwall
Why not visit the northern Cornish coastal town of Newquay for a weekend at the gorgeous 5 star Hendra Holiday Park for the rather special Newquay Beer Festival. This event is put on by the Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club and all the profits are used to support local causes and charities.
Although it says Beer Festival in the name, it is not a beer festival in the way you may be thinking. You can camp or spend the weekend in your motor home or caravan for the weekend and make use of all the great facilities the holiday park has to offer.
While you are there, you have the opportunity to taste 50 magnificent real ales and over 20 ciders, as well as soft drinks, wines and lager. It’s not all about the drink, well…okay it is, but it’s also about socialising with like-minded people and enjoying great food and live music too!