Video and gallery: Thousands flock to Stafford Beer and Cider Festival

Real ale fans can pop down for a few jars at the final day of the Stafford Beer and Cider Festival today.

Video and gallery: Thousands flock to Stafford Beer and Cider Festival

Stafford Stafford Beer and Cider Festival at Blessed William Howard School

The Heart of Staffordshire Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) group is running their ninth festival.

Organisers are expecting to have hosted about 2,000 people before a musical spectacular closes it tonight.

The Shards will perform in Blessed William Howard School’s sports hall tonight while the Blackwell Concert Band will play in the afternoon. 

Organising committee member Katy Coulman said: “It should be a nice community feel when things getting going.

“The beers are going down great, the cider’s going great, some of it has sold out.

“Last year we got over 2,000 people through the door and most of our business came in the evening.

“This year we’ve got some craft lager as well as real ale.

“Months of planning goes into the festival. We started planning in January time but things started to pick up in the last few weeks.

“The weather is pretty miserable, I thought it would be a little bit better - but you can’t choose.” 

The Heart of Staffordshire group has also brewed its official beer especially for the festival and it is available there. 

Most sessions are for over 18s only, face painting will be available tonight.

A variety of foods will be offered including bar snacks.

Prices for CAMRA and non-CAMRA members vary according to the time of day visitors arrive.

Entrance is £10 but CAMRA members will get £6 drink tokens and a glass, while non-CAMRA members will get £5 worth of vouchers and a glass. 

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