Annual beer and music festival set for sell-out

May 31 2017

REAL ale enthusiasts will be heading for Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club when the annual South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival returns to the venue.

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REAL ale enthusiasts will be heading for Chipping Sodbury Rugby Club when the annual South Cotswold Beer and Music Festival returns to the venue.

The event, now in its 22nd year, attracts hundreds of people to The Ridings to sample a 100-strong range of beers, as well as cider, perry and wine.

They also enjoy hours of live music during the two-day event, with food, snacks and soft drinks available.

Organised by Yate and District Rotary Club, this year’s festival will open at 6pm on Friday, July 7, and continue into the night, resuming from noon on Saturday, July 8.

It is one of the biggest beer festivals in the area and profits from the weekend will go to a range of local, national and international charities supported by the Rotarians.

Club spokesman David Picton said £236,000 had so far been raised by the festivals and tickets currently being sold for this year’s event will give that sum a big boost.

They can be bought online at www.bs37.com/beer or in person from Chipping Sodbury’s tourist information centre or Meredith’s ironmongery store in Yate Shopping Centre.

They cost £10 for the Friday session and £16 for the Saturday, with each ticket holder receiving either a beer mug or wine glass to take home as a memento. A £2 discount will be given if bought by June 1.

A total of seven live music sessions will entertain the festival-goers, with Exiled and The Naughties on stage on the opening night. 

Saturday’s schedule features The Peppercorns, The Three Pieces, Fourth Wall, Lorise Eaton and The Steelers and a closing show by the West's longest running glam rock tribute outfit Fab 208.

Mr Picton said the club, which has use of The Ridings thanks to Chipping Sodbury Town Trust, donated nearly £8,000 to local community projects and individuals in the year ending June 2016.

A further £2,220 was sent to national charities and nearly £7,000 was allocated for international support, including the campaign to eradicate polio.