IT’s all hands to the pumps at Buckingham Rugby Club in the run-up to the club’s second annual beer festival.
Following the success of the first Buckingham Beer Festival last summer, this year’s family-friendly event takes place on Saturday, July 21.
There will be music from local bands from 11am to 11pm, along with a bouncy castle, ice-cream and a barbecue.
Last year’s event attracted 1,000 people and the club hopes to attract even more this year.
And given the recent weather, the entire patio area will be covered by a marquee.
There are 36 different ales, ciders and perrys on offer at the festival. Every barrel has been sponsored by local companies, so all funds raised go to the club.
The £5 entry charge covers a special commemorative pint glass, sponsored by the festival’s main sponsor, Silverstone Brewery, along with a beer menu which enthusiasts can get stamped as they buy the various ales.
Tokens, at £2.50 each, can be exchanged for a pint of ale, cider or perry at the real ale bar.
There will also be a Pimm’s bar and the normal rugby club bar will be open.
The beer festival is one of the main annual fundraising events for the amateur rugby club, which supports about 200 male and female senior players and about 400 youth players.
Last year’s event raised about £7,000 profit for the club, which is run entirely by volunteers and is badly in need of funds to resurface its car park and build a new kitchen.
Rugby club chairman Julian Cook said: “When it comes to big projects, we have to rely on sponsorship, which is why we’re so grateful to Silverstone Berwery.”
Co-director of Silverstone Brewing Company Pauline Bacon said: “My co-director Richard Field has been a member here for 25 years. I’ve been associated with the club for many years and I’m very proud to be sponsoring the beer festival again.”