Sun shines for seafront festival

Beer and Cider by the Sea SUS-150525-094206001
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Thousands of people took advantage of the glorious Bank Holiday weekend weather to attend the annual Beer and Cider by the Sea festival.

The three-day event had something for everyone’s taste-buds, with more than 100 ales, ciders and perries, bottled beers, wines and cocktails available to try.

Eastbourne is proud to provide another unique festival for many thousands of visitors. With 56 real ales and ciders, such as Sussex Gold, Summer Lightning, Long Blonde and American Pale Ale, festival-goers were really spoiled for choice.

Phil Evans

This year’s festival, supported by the Long Man Brewery, had more real ales and ciders than ever before and also attracted a visit from the popular Harvey’s Brewery Dray, pulled by horses Monty and Winston.

For those more serious about their beer-tasting, CAMRA volunteers were on hand to offer advice on finding the perfect beverage.

The event kicked off on Friday (May 22) with live music from Wakin’ Snakes, a lively American and Cajun band, and Strum ‘n’ Bass, an acoustic guitar and bass duo.

The entertainment continued into Saturday (May 23), with five-piece band Decadence Sleaze Excess performing covers of songs from the ‘60s to the present day during the daytime festival session.

Large, a ‘90s cover band, and local favourites Sound of the Crowd both took to the stage during the Saturday evening session.

On Sunday (May 24), guests were entertained by the Dirty Martini Swing Band and another popular local band, Unihorn. For the first time, the festival was extended to include a Sunday evening session and this was closed with a bang by rock covers band Granny Magnet.

The event, enjoying its third year, proved even more successful than usual, with organisers adding extra tickets for the Saturday evening session due to a high demand.

This year saw the festival fully undercover, with the band stage and all the bars under canvas. However, with temperatures soaring over the Bank Holiday weekend, most visitors took advantage of the outdoor garden set up on the Western Lawns.

The three-day festival wasn’t just for adults, with bouncy castles and land zorbing keeping children and families entertained during the daytime sessions.

Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism and Enterprise, Phil Evans, said, “Eastbourne is proud to provide another unique festival for many thousands of visitors. With 56 real ales and ciders, such as Sussex Gold, Summer Lightning, Long Blonde and American Pale Ale, festival-goers were really spoiled for choice.”

The Beer and Cider by the Sea festival was just one of many things going on along Eastbourne seafront during the Bank Holiday weekend.

The popular continental market returned to the promenade, serving up authentic treats from across Europe, including cheeses, breads, meats, olives and sweets.

The Redoubt Fortress also had a packed timetable of events over the weekend, including the ‘Treasure’ exhibition, featuring the unique 1940s sound projector, invented in Hampden Park and displayed for the first time, and a diary of a young girl on holiday in Eastbourne, available to read for the first time in more than 100 years.

The exhibition, which continues until November, also includes coins found in the in Roman coin hoard recovered from Beachy Head and a treasure chest holding Eastbourne’s irreplaceable treasure trove.

For details, visit www.
eastbournemuseums.co.uk.

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