Events: May 2017

April 27-May 1: Essex v Cambridgeshire: Battle of the Ales at South Benfleet Social Club, 8 Vicarage Hill, Benfleet, Essex SS7 1PB. Nine beers from each county.

April 27-May 1: Ale and Pie Festival at the Smuggler’s Den, Trebellan Farm, Cubert, Newquay TR8 5PY. More than 80 beers, plus cider and live music.

April 28-30: Blackburn Beer Festival at Blackburn Rugby Club, Ramsgreave Drive, Blackburn BB1 8NB. More than 60 beers, plus cider, food and entertainment. In aid of Blackburn Youth Zone. Full details on the festival website

April 28-30: Berries, Beans and Beer Drinks Festival at Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe CW1 2DB. Including a keg beer, cider, wine and bottled beer bar. Full details on the Facebook event page

Gateshead Beer FestivalApril 28-30: Gateshead Beer and Music Festival at Gateshead Rugby Club, Eastwood Gardens, Gateshead NE9 5UB. Details, including ticket availability, on the Facebook event page

April 28-30: The Haverhill Beer Weekend at Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, Essex CB9 8AR. 12 ales, food and music, in collaboration with Nethergate Brewery

April 28-30: Sheffield Students’ Union Beer and Cider Festival at Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TG. More than 100 real ales, lagers, craft beers, ciders and fruit beers. Full details on the festival web page

April 28-30: Whittingham Beer and Sausage Festival at the Whittingham Club, Old Whittingham Hospital Grounds, Whittingham, Preston PR3 2JE. More than 80 beers and ciders. Full details on the festival web page

April 28-30: Beer Festival at Wymondham and District Ex-Services Social Club, 9 Friarscroft Lane, Wymondham, Norfolk NR18 0AT. 24 real ales and three ciders. Open 11am-11pm.

April 28-May 1: Beer Festival at the Brendon Arms, Falcon Terrace, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8SD

April 28-May 1: Sausage and Ale Festival at the Driftwood Spars Hotel, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0RT.

April 29: Real Ale and Cider Festival at the Working Men’s Club, Fore Street, St Dennis, Cornwall PL26 8AD.

April 29-May 2: Beer, Wine and Cider Festival at the Queen Inn, 28 Kingsgate Road, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9PG. Details on the event Facebook page

May 1-6: Oxford Beer Week, various venues, organised by the Alliance of Oxford Brewers. Details on the event web page

May 3: Launch of Sanctuary Tripel, a collaboration between Moonchild Brewing Co and the Totnes Brewing Co, at Totnes Brewing Co, 59 High Street, Totnes, Devon TQ9 5PB, 7pm. Details on the event Facebook page

May 4-6: Bexley Beer Festival at the Old Dartfordians Sports Club, War Memorial Club House, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1LW. More than 85 beers and ciders, plus food and soft drinks. Details on the Bexley CAMRA website

LS6 Beer FestivalMay 4-6: LS6 Beer Festival at Left Bank Leeds, Cardigan Road, Leeds LS6 1LJ. Regional beers and ciders, plus street food and live music. Full detail on the festival website

May 5: Official Taproom Launch at Bristol Beer Factory, Durnford Street, Bristol BS3 2AW, 6-9pm. Beer and brewery tours available. Details on the event Facebook page

May 5-7: Food, Ale and Cider Festival at The Old Market, The Square, Chacewater, Truro, Cornwall TR4 8PY. More details on the event Facebook page

Oxford Beer Week 2017May 6: Beer Festival at Hook Norton Brewery, Brewery Lane, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire OX15 5NY, 11am-5pm. Part of Oxford Beer Week, with brews from Hook Norton, LAM, Loddon, Turpins, Wychwood, XT, Tap Social and the Love Beer Brewery. Live music and pizza, too.

May 6: Spring open day at XT Brewery, Notley Farm, Long Crendon, Buckinghamshire HP18 9ER, 10.30am-4.30pm. Family day out with local food and music, marking the conclusion of Oxford Beer Week.

May 8-13: Ipswich Cask & Clam Week, various locations. A week-long series of events celebrating Ipswich’s clamming and brewing culture, culminating in a cask and clam festival on the Saturday. Full details on the Ipswich Ale Brewery website

May 10: Kreft Beer tap takeover at North Coast Wine Co, 1 Lansdown Road, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8BH, 4pm.

May 10: Cornwall CAMRA Wednesday Walkabout in Falmouth — meet at The Front, Custom House Quay, Falmouth TR11 3JT at 6pm.

May 10: Open tap takeover at Hook Norton Brewery, Brewery Lane, Hook Norton, Oxfordshire OX15 5NY, 6-9pm.  See preview

May 11-13: The 12th Forever Bury Beer Festival at Bury FC’s Pymgate Lounge, Gigg Lane, Bury,  open from 11am-11pm daily. Fifty-five real ales from around the country at £2.50 a pint, about 14 ciders and an extensive continental bottle bar, plus hot food and evening entertainment. Full details on the festival website

May 11-13: Doncaster Beer Festival at Unity House, Carr Lane, Doncaster DN4 5AA. About 50 beers, plus cider and a bottled beer bar. More details on the Doncaster CAMRA website

May 11-13: Summerhall Beer FestivALE, Edinburgh — more details to follow!

May 11-14: Verdant Brewing Co tap takeover at BrewDog, 58 Baldwin Street, Bristol BS1 1QW. More details on the Facebook event page

May 11-14: Salopian Brewery tap takeover at the Craft Beer Co Islington, 55 White Lion Street, London N1 9PP. Ten cask and five keg beers.

May 12: Music with The Sum Of at St Austell Brewery Visitor Centre, 63 Trevarthian Road, St Austell, Cornwall PL25 4BY, 8-11.30pm.

Bays Crocod-aleMay 12: Launch of Crocod-ale beer at The Green Ginger, Lower Ground Floor, Winter Garden, Fleet Walk, Torquay TQ2 5DZ, noon. The beer is made by Bays Brewery and is helping Paignton Zoo raise funds to help endangered crocodiles.

May 12 and 13: Cider and Cheese Festival at Sandford Park Alehouse, 20 High Street, Cheltenham Gloucestershire GL50 1DZ. Details on the Cheltenham CAMRA website

May 12-14: Beer and Music Festival at the Sun Inn, Main Street, Hawkshead, LA22 0NT. More than 20 real ales and ciders. Full details on the event Facebook page

May 13: Opening of Brewheadz Taproom at Unit 16A, Rosebery Industrial Park, Tottenham Hale, London N17 9SR, noon-10pm. Also open near by will be Enfield, One Mile End, Beavertown and Affinity breweries. Full details on the event Facebook page

May 13 and 14: St Ives Food and Drink Festival, Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall.

May 14: LostFest, arts, music and food festival around Lostwithiel, Cornwall, featuring Skinner’s core beers and Aleblazers range.

May 17: Verdant Brewing Co tap takeover at Port Street Beer House, 39-41 Port Street, Manchester M1 2EQ, 5pm-midnight.

May 18: Getting to Know IPA at Charnwood Brewery, 22 Jubilee Drive, Loughborough LE11 5XS, 7.30-9.30pm. Presented by Damian Doherty, with beers supplied by Rob Doyle, of Hoptimism. £20 (payment on the night) — book a place by e-mailing

May 18-20: Beertown, a celebration of craft beer, at The Milton Rooms, Market Place, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 7LX. More than 50 beers from the UK and beyond. More details on the festival website

May 20: Beer collaboration launch at Northern Monk Brewing Co, The Old Flax Store, Marshalls Mill, Holbeck LS11 9YJ and North Brewing Co, Unit 6, Taverner’s Walk Estate, Sheepscar Grove, Leeds LS7 1AH. The breweries are producing a pair of special Northern beers that can be drunk separately or mixed together. Each brewery is taking over the other’s tap room for the night in celebration, with a free shuttle bus running between the venues.

May 20: Bagby Brewing Co tap takeover at Cask Pub & Kitchen, 6 Charlwood Street, Lillington and Longmoore Gardens, London SW1V 2EE. Bagby is a Californian brewpub.

May 20: Boudicca Brewing Co at the Norwich Vegan Festival, The Halls, St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich NR3 1AU.

May 20: Open day at Red Cat Brewing, Unit 10, Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 0LB, 11a,-5pm. Includes street food from Broughton Water Buffalo (with veggie option) and live music.

May 22-27: Cambridge Beer Festival at Jesus Green, Cambridge CB4 3BD. More than 200 beers and over 80 ciders and perries, plus foreign beer, wine and mead. More details on the festival website

May 25-June 2: Hunt’s Cider Festival at The Green Ginger, Lower Ground Floor, Winter Garden, Fleet Walk, Torquay, Devon TQ2 5DZ. Details on the Facebook event page

May 25-27: Kidbrooke Beer ad Cider Festival at Charlton Park RFC, 60S Broad Walk, Kidbrooke SE3 8NB. 50 real ales, plus more than 20 ciders and perries. More details on the South East London CAMRA website

May 25-27: Lincoln Beer Festival at Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY. More than 100 real ales, plus cider, perry and foreign bottled beers. Details on the festival web page

Sausage and Cider FestivalMay 26: Essex Sausage and Cider Music Festival at Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex CM11 2UD. Details and tickets via Eventbrite

May 26 and 27: Beer Festival at the Lion and Lamb, 5 Fore Street, Ashton, Cornwall TR13 9RN.

May 26 and 27: Beer Festival at the Comrades Club, Fore Street, Probus TR2 4LG. 20 beers and ten ciders. Friday, 5pm-midnight; Saturday, noon-midnight.

May 26-28: Westcountry Beer and Cider Festival at the Drewe Arms, The Square, Drewsteignton, Devon EX6 6QN. 20 ales, a range of ciders, plus music, including Andy Kershaw world music. Tickets (£5) should be booked in advance — call 01647 281409.

May 26-28: Beer and Cider By The Sea at the Western Lawns, Eastbourne. Draught beer and cider, bottled beer, wine and cocktails. Details on the festival web page

May 26-28: Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival at The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5NP.  See preview

May 26-28: Whitley Bay Beer Festival at Whitley Bat Rockcliff RFC, Hillheads, Lovaine Avenue, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear NE26 8RW. Beers, ciders, gins, plus live music and street food. Full details on the festival website.

May 26-29: Falmouth Street Food and Craft Ales Festival at Events Square, Falmouth, Cornwall. Featuring Black Rock, Keltek, Padstow and Rebel breweries.

May 26-29: Beer festival at the Trewellard Arms, Trewellard, Cornwall TR19 7TA.

May 27: Weird Beard Brew Co versus Tiny Rebel, collaboration brew launch, tap takeover and meet the brewer, at Craft Beer Co, 22-23 Upper North Street, Brighton BN1 3FG, from noon — brewers down from 2pm.

May 27: Open day at Bragdy Conwy (Conwy Brewery), Unit 2, Ty Mawr Enterprise Park, Tan y Graig Road, Llysfaen, Conwy LL29 8UE, noon until dusk. Brewery tours, special brews, music, food, and kids welcome (face painting).

May 27: Crystal Palace Beer Festival at Selhurst Park, London SE25 6PU, noon-8pm. More than 150 beers and 50 ciders, including beers from the local Cronx Brewery, started by two Palace fans after they attended the first Crystal Palace Beer Festival (their ale has now been sold on match days at Selhurst Park for five years). Tickets (£10 before the event and £15 on the day) via the Crystal Palace FC website

May 27 and 28: Fat Sandy Fest at the Fat Pig, 2 John Street, Exeter EX1 1BL. Beer, cider, hog roast and live entertainment.

May 28: Bracknell Ale and Cider Festival at Lily Hill Park, Lily Hill Drive, Bracknell RG12 2UG. Full details on the festival website

May 28: London Pizza Festival at Borough Market, Southwark, London, featuring beer from Skinner’s Brewery. Details on the Skinner’s website

May 28: Rugby Sevens and Beer Festival at North Walsham RFC, Norwich Road, Scottow, Norfolk NR10 5BY. 20 cask ales from Norfolk, plus cider and a barbecue.

May 30: Investor session at the EeBria Taproom, 15 Almond Road, London, SE16 3LR, 6.30pm-8.30pm, with a presentation at 7.30pm. For potential investor’s in EeBria’s crowdfunding campaign. Sign up for the event here

May 30-June 3: Colchester Real Ale and Cider Festival at Colchester Arts Centre, Church Street, Colchester CO1 1NF. More than 140 real ales, plus cider and perry. Belgian bar, too, plus English wines. Details on the festival web page

May 31-June 3: Castle Rock Brewery Yard Party and Beer Festival, Queensbridge Road, Nottingham NG2 1NB. Celebrating Castle Rock’s 40th anniversary with new Castle Rock beers, local and national cask ales, bottled beers, live music and street food. For more details, watch the Castle Rock Facebook page