Real ales, music and fun at beer festival

Festival organiser Crispin Slee
Festival organiser Crispin Slee
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A selection of beers from London micro-breweries and a bottled craft cider bar will be among the highlights of this year’s Towcester Beer Festival.

Last year, over 3,000 people attended the popular event and drank their way through more than 4,000 pints of real ale and 2,000 pints of cider.

Organisers are putting the finishing touches to this year’s event, which takes place over the first May bank holiday at Towcestrians RFC, in Greens Norton Road, Towcester.

In another first, Towcester Rock Choir will perform live at the festival and the Sunday afternoon will be handed over to a jazz session.

Organiser Crispin Slee said: “We want to keep updating the festival and adding new elements to keep it fresh.”

The event sponsor this year is Towcester estate agents Jackie Oliver & Co.

Business manager, Andy Tyrer, said: “We are thrilled to be supporting the festival. It’s going to be a great event, raising money for a sports club which is a fantastic asset for the local community. It’s a perfect partnership for us.”

The bottled cider bar will be organised by CiderBods, the online club for real cider drinkers.

As well as beers from London, the festival will showcase a number of microbreweries in and around Northants, with 60 real ales in total.

The festival runs from 5pm on Friday, May 2 to 10pm on Sunday, May 4.

There will be live music throughout the weekend.

The festival is famous for its Ghurka curry, served under the watchful eye of Mark Austin, a former Major in the Ghurkas.

Entry during the daytime is free, and costs £5 after 7pm.

During the weekend, there will be a hog roast, barbecue, rugby, kids ‘entertainment and the annual tug of war for the Roy Wilson Cup.