Eastbourne’s Beer and Cider by the Sea Festival

The forecast is looking good for this year’s Beer and Cider by the Sea on the Western Lawns, coming up this month. After a break last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the three-day festival from 20 – 22 August, promises to give beer and cider enthusiasts a mouth-watering selection of tipples.

Eastbourne beer and Cider Festival
Photo credit to Graham Huntley

With more than 100 real ales, ciders and perries to choose from – many specially selected by the local CAMRA team – festival-goers can once again take their pick from award winners, local favourites or those with a suitably quirky name such as Janet’s Jungle Juice or Gun Brewery’s Chummy Bluster. The traditional favourites are also making a welcome return this year with Harvey’s IPA and the well-known Double Vision “Impaired Vision”. Also joining the drinks line up will be a selection of gins including Hendrick’s and award-winning Whitley Neill’s handcrafted delights including rhubarb and ginger or blood orange flavours. Cocktails, wine, bottled beers, soft drinks and Pimms will also be on offer, along with a selection of food outlets serving up great food to accompany the drinks.

Eastbourne beer and cider festival
Photo credit to Graham Huntley

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise Cllr Margaret Bannister said, “The festival is the opportunity to enjoy tasting some delicious beers, ales and ciders all washed down with an accompaniment of live musical entertainment, it’s a great day out that the whole family will enjoy.

The weekend soundtrack will come courtesy of a superb line up of musicians performing on the live stage across all three days. Headlining the evening session on Friday 20th August will be LARGE, a seven-piece live band bringing the very best in 90s dance, house and techno music.

Eastbourne beer and cider festival
Photo credit to Graham Huntley

On Saturday 21st August there will be live music from 11 am – 4 pm with music provided by Lackadaisy and the Spooky Wagons, a group of friends playing Country and Modern folk songs. In the evening Hastings Glam Rock band Glam Rox will take to the stage ahead of headliners Unihorn, a rock cover band.

Eastbourne Beer and cider festival
Photo credit to Matt Kutcha

On Sunday 22nd August Eastbourne’s own Watson Brothers will perform first followed by Bowie Music, a six-piece band capturing the energy of David Bowie from the 70s and 80s, and finally The School Disco Band will bring the proceedings to a close with a medley of well-known songs from the ages.

Eastbourne beer and cider festival
Photo credit to Matt Kutcha

While Covid-19 restrictions have been lifted since July 19, those attending the beer festival are asked to take lateral flow tests ahead of attending the event. Customers are also requested to regularly sanitise and maintain social distancing when moving around the venue. Tickets are available now with online ticket prices starting from £7.50 per adult with discounts for students and CAMRA members. Children’s tickets are available for daytime sessions only at just £2 (under 5’s go free). Sessions are available 5 – 10 pm Friday, 11 – 4 pm and 5 – 10 pm Saturday and 12 – 7 pm on Sunday.

To book tickets visit www.EastbourneBeerFestival.co.uk or visit the Eastbourne Visitor Centre in the Welcome Building or the Seafront Office.

 

 

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