Events: May 2018

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 4-7: 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 5-7: 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 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: 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 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

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. Full details and tickets via the event website

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.