Events: May 2018

May 2: Beer and cheese pairing with Tempest Brewing Co at The Beer Emporium, 15 King Street, Bristol BS1 4EF. Details on the event Facebook page

May 3-5: Bexley Beer Festival at the Marquee and Clubhouse, Old Dartfordians Sports Club, War Memorial Clubhouse, Bourne Road, Bexley, Kent DA5 1LW. More than 90 beers, plus ciders and perries. Details on the festival web page

May 3-6: Reading Beer and Cider Festival at Christchurch Meadows, Caversham, Reading. More than 500 real ales, plus ciders, perries, bottled foreign beers and English wines. Full details on the festival website

May 4: New Bristol Brewery’s whisky barrel-aged Super Duper Deluxe Stout launch party at four different Bristol pubs. Starting at 5pm at Snuffy Jacks, Fishponds, then heading to Tobacco Factory, Bedminster, Nettle & Rye, Clifton, then Small Bar, King Street. Details on the event Facebook page

May 4 and 5: Yorkshire Hearty Festival at Yorkshire Heart Vineyard, Nun Monkton, York YO26 8EL. More than 20 real ales and ciders, plus English wines and a Gin and Fizz Bar. Plus family fun and barbecues. Details on the festival website

May 4-7: Pie and Ale Festival at the Smugglers Den Inn, Trebellen Farm, Cubert, Newquay, Cornwall TR8 5PY. Details, including camping, on the event Facebook page

May 4-7: Beer Festival at the Royal British Legion, Station Approach, Marlow, Buckinghamshire SL7 1NT. Sessions times on the Marlow RBL website

May 4-7: Ale and Sausage Festival at the Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove, St Agnes, Cornwall TR5 0NA.

May 5: Designing Great Beers course at Bristol Brewery School, 20A Wilson Street, Bristol BS2 9HH, 9.15am-4pm. The course is aimed at those already brewing all-grain beers and looking to improve their knowledge. More details and tickets via Eventbrite

May 5: Charity taproom event at Bude Brewery, Unit 14C Kings Hill Industrial Estate, Bude, Cornwall EX23 8QN, 1pm-10.30pm. Craft beer, pizza and live music in aid of Talan’s Trust. More details on the event Facebook page

May 5-7: Ale and Pie Festival at the Smugglers Den Inn, Trebellan Farm, Cubert, Cornwall TR8 5PY.

May 5-7: Lancaster Food and Drink Festival in the Lancaster Brewery Garden, Lancaster Leisure Park, Wyresdale Road, Lancaster LA1 3LA.

May 5-7: Beer and Cider Festival at The Perch, Binsey Lane, Oxford OX2 0NG.

May 11: Brewery tour at Gloucester Brewery, Fox’s Kiln, West Quay, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2LG, 7pm. Tickets (£20, to include generous tastings of beer accompanied by platters of food) via Eventbrite

May 11 and 12: Brewers Market Craft Beer Festival at Canal Mills, Brandon Street, Leeds LS12 2EB, 5pm-midnight. Tickets and more details at Eventgenius

May 11-13: Food and Ale Festival at The Old Market, The Square, Chacewater, Cornwall TR4 8PY. At least nine beers from Cornwall and a few from out of county, and at least four ciders and perries. Market owner Tony is providing the food. More details on the event Facebook page

May 11-13: Rugby 4 Heroes Festival at Old Leamingtonians RFC, Bericote Road, Blackdown, Royal Leamington Spa CV32 6QP. Includes a beer festival with 25 real ales, ciders and keg beers. More details on the festival website

May 12: Birthday Bash at the Bristol Beer Factory Tap Room, 291 North Street, Southville, Bristol BS3 1JP, 6pm-9pm. Details on the event Facebook page

May 15: Brewery tour at Wimbledon Brewery, 8 College Fields, Prince George’s Road, Wimbledon, London SW19 2PT, 6.30pm-8pm. Details and tickets via Eventbrite

May 17: Ridgeside Brewery meet the brewer and tap takeover at The Cellar, 19-21 City Road, Chester CH1 3AE, 5pm-11pm. Six cask beers and four keg beers.

May 17-19: The 30th Chester Charity Beer Festival at Chester Rugby Union Football Club, Hare Lane, Littleton, Chester CH3 7DB. A huge selection of beers, ciders and perries, as well as wine and prosecco, served up with live entertainment from local bands and some new surprises for the anniversary year. Opening times and admission: Thursday, 7.30pm-11pm, £5; Friday and Saturday, 7.30pm-11pm, £10. Tickets and more details at www.chesterbeerfestival.co.uk/

May 17-19: Rail Ale festival at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, Derbyshire S43 2PR. More details on the festival website

May 17-20: Birthday Beer Festival at The Dog, 5 Lichfield Street, Burton upon Trent DE14 3QZ, featuring Wild Weather Ales.

May 18 and 19: Abbeydale Pop-up Brew Tap at Beer Nouveau, 75 North Western Street, Manchester M12 6DY.

May 25: Starting your own Microbrewery, course at Bristol Brewery School, 20A Wilson Street, Bristol BS2 9HH, 9.30am-4pm. With advice from New Bristol Brewery’s head brewer, Noel James. Find out more on Facebook

May 25: Brewery tour at Gloucester Brewery, Fox’s Kiln, West Quay, The Docks, Gloucester GL1 2LG, 7pm. Tickets (£20, to include generous tastings of beer accompanied by platters of food) via Eventbrite

May 25-27: Eastbourne Beer and Cider By The Sea at Western lawns, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4UH. More than 60 real ales, plus over 30 ciders and perries. Details on the event website

Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival

May 25-27: Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival at The Biscuit Factory, 4-6 Anderson Place, Leith, Edinburgh EH6 5NP. World-beating beers, Edinburgh’s finest street food, and headlining musical acts.  See preview

May 25-27: Newark Beer and Cider Festival at the Riverside Park, Tolney Lane, Newark NG24 1BZ. 130 beers and 30 ciders. Details on the event Facebook page

May 25-28: Falmouth Street Food and Craft Ales Festival at Events Square, Falmouth, Cornwall. Details on the event Facebook page

May 25-28: Rutland Cider and Sausage Festival at Grainstore Brewery, Station Approach, Oakham LE15 6RA. 40 real ciders, locally crafted sausages, plus a barbecue and live music. Details on the event web page

May 26: Social at Thornbridge Brewery, Riverside Business Park, Buxton Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1GS, noon-8pm. Booking essential — call 01629 815 999.

May 26: Pop Up The Hill to Exe Valley Brewery, Land Farm Silverton, Exeter EX5 4HF, noon-6pm. Bar, and brewery tours.

May 30: Social at Thornbridge Brewery, Riverside Business Park, Buxton Road, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1GS, 5pm-9pm. Booking essential — call 01629 815 999.