In its third year now, East and Botolph Claydon Beer Festival is the epitome of a friendly rural English festival, with great selection of drinks. Organised by villagers to raise money for the local school, it takes place in a uniquely English rural community run pub and hall – which was even used this year by Jamie Oliver as the backdrop for his TV show and BBQ.
The festival usually has a selection of 15 or so beers and local ciders. These range from the Blackpit Brewery near Buckingham, fast gaining a name for its creative range of modern ales, to more obscure breweries as far away as Scotland. Last year also saw the locally produced Winslow Cider selling out in record time – so early attendance is encouraged not to miss this one. Beers are very well kept and chosen. There is also a selection of cocktails and jugs of Pimms for those who aren’t quite so enthusiastic about the Ale.
To accompany this, there is also an array of live music throughout the afternoon with a surprisingly good selection of bands playing covers and amateur local artists looking to make a name for themselves. This is accompanied by a tasty BBQ and loads for the kids to do, with everything from face-painting, Zorbing and a bouncy obstacle course, to just kicking a football around in the field out the back. Be warned, the local kids are quite good!
As the event goes on through into the evening, the party typically moves into the Mushroom Village Bar – a quirky pub run by the local community which has a pool table, dart board, music and exceptionally cheap bar prices.
The event kicks off at 2pm on 22nd September 2018 at the East & Botolph Claydon Village Hall, Botyl Road, Botolph Claydon, Buckingham, Bucks MK18 2LP
Entry costs £12 which includes commemorative pint glass plus four half pints of beer. £5 for non beer drinkers. Children are FREE. Click here for more info!
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