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Baldock Beer Festival set to kick off fortnight of festivities

PUBLISHED: 12:02 27 April 2019

Baldock Beer Festival is set to return next weekend at Brandles School. Picture: Peter Gill

Baldock Beer Festival is set to return next weekend at Brandles School. Picture: Peter Gill

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The popular Baldock Beer Festival returns next week - kicking off the 36th annual Baldock Festival.

Baldock Beer Festival will return next week. Picture: Peter GillBaldock Beer Festival will return next week. Picture: Peter Gill

The annual two-week long Baldock Festival will start with the beer festival on Friday, May 3, and will see 96 events across a range of venues.

New additions to this year's line up include mad scientists for the children and cocktail masterclass for the adults.

This comes alongside the return of some old favourites such as whiskey, gin and wine tasting, brewery talks and historical walks.

Kickstarting the two weeks is the 12th independent Baldock Beer Festival which will run from 5pm on Friday, May 3, and the following Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon to 8pm.

Organisers encourage festival-goers to dress up, with a new theme every year. Picture: Peter GillOrganisers encourage festival-goers to dress up, with a new theme every year. Picture: Peter Gill

The event has raised significant amounts of money over the last 11 years, with just under £70,000 donated to causes in the area.

In 2018, £12,860 was donated to a number of beneficiaries, including scouts, schools and nurseries, a children's cancer charity, Keech Hospice Care, MIND, the Baldock Poppy Appeal, and many more.

The venue – Brandles School in Weston Way – will be larger this year as the top field will be opened for children's entertainment.

This year's beer festival theme is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing for those collectors of the beer glasses, but new for this year will be reusable plastic cups to eliminate single-use plastics.

As usual there will be more than 100 beers and lagers, 36 ciders, wine, prosecco and gin from North Herts gin producers Pinkster, as well as all the soft drinks, ice creams and a variety food choices.

Providing the entertainment for the weekend will be 30 different music acts – including a few favourites who are returning – and children's activities on the Saturday and Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the organisers said: “Please support the event and have a drink in the knowledge you are supporting the Independent Baldock Beer Festival Charitable Trust, raising money to provide grants and donations for purposes that benefit the community in Baldock and surrounding areas.

“If you miss the beer festival or any of the other festival events over the fortnight, we will have Balstock returning in September, followed by the second Baldock Oktoberfest at Brandles School.”

For more information, go to baldockbeerfestival.org, or search Baldock Beer Festival on Facebook.

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