Popular beer festival returns this autumn

Eastbourne Beer Festival
Eastbourne Beer Festival

AFTER a record sell-out year in 2011, tickets are now on sale for the Eastbourne Beer Festival.

A record number of over 4,500 visitors packed into the Winter Garden last autumn as the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening sessions sold out with festival goers enjoying more than 13,707 pints during the three day event.

This year Eastbourne Beer Festival takes place from October 4-6 and real ale lovers can book their tickets from now with the tenth year of the event promising over 150 real cask ales on tap, bottled beers from around the world, a top selection of local wines, ciders and perries plus plenty of live entertainment.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure Cllr Neil Stanley said, “Eastbourne Beer Festival is certainly a firm favourite in the town’s event calendar and regularly attracts sell-out sessions.

“The 2011 event surpassed all expectations with the opening night selling out for the first time.

“With special discounts for students and CAMRA members, I’d encourage festival fans to snap up the discounted tickets and enjoy first dibs on the full casks of ale!”

The Beer Festival drinks menu contains more than 100 real ales from across the globe; from Legless Rambler made just down the road at Beachy Head Brewery to Brahma Crop and Mac’s Gold.

It’s not just drinks on the menu at the Eastbourne Beer Festival either; the event offers a packed programme of live entertainment.

With live music and dancing taking place in the Floral Hall area, more bars are also available in the Devonshire Halls.

Here visitors can enjoy a quieter environment with some background music, or take part in the array of pub games which range from Shove Ha’penny and Bar Skittles to Shuffleboard and Toad in the Hole.

Last year tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening sessions sold out before doors even opened with the remaining Thursday night tickets going quickly on the door and organisers Eastbourne Borough Council and CAMRA are looking forward to another busy year.

With pub grub on the menu throughout the event plus entertainment including live music, traditional pub games and a family quiz during the Saturday day time sessions, there will be plenty to keep festival fans busy this autumn.

Tickets start at just £5, too book visit www.eastbournebeerfestival.co.uk or call 412000.