PREPARATIONS are underway today to bring a massive beer festival to Ashbourne Town Hall.
The first independent beer festival, run by the town’s sub-branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), begins at 1pm on Friday but organisers, along with a team of volunteers, are busy preparing the town hall for around 25 real ales, half a dozen ciders and perries as well as live music, prize draws and food.
The festival will run over the weekend, beginning again on Saturday from 12 noon and running until 11pm and then returning for a third day, dependent on beer stocks, from 12 noon until 3pm.
Live music will be provided throughout the festival by Murphy’s Marbles, Bill Bailey’s Jazzmen, The Henmore Brass Band and Mick Doyle and Swamp Trashed.
The second of two free entry tokens can be found on page nine of this issue and payment for beer and cider at the festival is by token only, sold at £10 per sheet.
Glasses are available to buy or hire for £2.50.
To find out more visit the www.ashbournebeerfestival.co.uk