Events: May 2017

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 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

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

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

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 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 25-27: 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 26-28: 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 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 28: Bracknell Ale and Cider Festival at Lily Hill Park, Lily Hill Drive, Bracknell RG12 2UG. Full details on the festival website

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

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