Plenty of cheer planned at real ale and cider festival

The CAMRA real ale and cider festival will take place from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 March.
The CAMRA real ale and cider festival will take place from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 March.

The Scarborough Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed that plans are well advanced for the real ale and cider festival which is held in March.

The festival runs from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 March and will be open from noon until 11pm daily in the Ocean Room at Scarborough Spa.

It will feature a choice of up to 80 real ales and 25 boxes of cider and perry, showcasing a selection of local breweries and distinctive ales as well as from breweries across the UK – many of which will be making a first appearance in Scarborough.

As well as a plentiful supply of beers there will be a range of good quality hot and cold food plus snacks catered by the Spa plus soft drinks for drivers.

The festival will feature live music on Friday and Saturday evenings with Thursday designated a quiet night.

Accompanied children will be welcome until 8pm at the event.

Entrance will be £5 on the door (including refundable glass) but free at all times to card carrying CAMRA members.

A minibus shuttle service will operate between the station and the venue at peak times timed to coincide with train and bus arrivals and departures.

This year the festival is proud to host Yorkshire Beard Day which will feature beard competitions and merchandise stalls in aid, and awareness of, prostate cancer.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers will also be in attendance during the event raising money for Rainbow Centre by virtue of running a tombola and games stall.

Spokesman Peter Howgate said: “We are delighted to have been invited to continue our relationship with Scarborough CAMRA and their festival for the third time and are looking forward to the event.”

Festival organiser Stewart Campbell said: “We are delighted to be staging our third real ale festival in association with Scarborough Spa.

“There will be 80 real ales including beers from local breweries including event sponsors Wold Top Brewery, Great Newsome Brewery and Timothy Taylor Brewery. In addition, there will be 25 ciders and perrys featuring produce from the heartland of cider country, the South West plus some local North Yorkshire ciders from Hedgehoggers and Tree Top Press.

“Also, there’s still chance for advertisers and sponsors to support the festival.”