Tuesday, 8 May 2012


There is always something special about a beer festival taking place in a fine market town. One such festival opens its doors on the 18th May, from noon, in Clitheroe,Lancashire.
The northern town, situated in the Ribble Valley, plays host to the  seventh festival, at the St Mary's Centre, ideally situated in the centre of town.(For those of you who are familiar with Clitheroe, the venue is to the left of the picture, at the top of the street)
I always like to have a stroll round the town before the festival, as it has many fine, traditional shops and it is always good to support the local community produce.  
One establishment I always visit is the famous  sausage shop, close to the festival venue. Cowman's in the high street, has a superb reputation for quality sausage, and it's always worth a visit.They even have trays of their tasty sausage selection, ready cooked for you to sample, before you make a choice of their excellent produce.
It is then off to the festival. Just a five minute walk from the town's train and bus station.The festival will have around 60 beers and 20 ciders/perries and runs for two days, Friday and Saturday, 18/19 May.Noon-11pm. Entrance is free to CAMRA members.All others, £2 before 6pm and £3 after 6pm.There will be live music on both nights. 
As ever, it will be run jointly by East Lancs CAMRA and the St Mary's Centre. It's always well organised and efficiently run. And the volunteers are friendly,helpful and willing to chat, if time permits.
So, if time permits for you, get down to this friendly festival and sample the excellent choice of real ales and ciders.