The second Calderdale Beer & Cider Festival, organised by the Halifax & Calderdale branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), takes place this weekend in the Waterfront Hall at Hebden Bridge Town Hall. More than fifty traditional cask-conditioned ales from independent breweries the length and breadth of the UK, plus several traditional ciders and perries will be available to sample in quantities of a third of, a half of, or a full pint. This year’s festival will have a railway theme to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the opening of the Manchester & Leeds Railway through the Calder Valley and many beers with railway-themed names will be on sale.
While the principal objective of the festival is to raise money for CAMRA’s ongoing campaigns to support pubs and breweries, the festival charity for this year is the Watermark Calderdale flood relief fund and unused beer tokens and cash donations will be given to this very worthy cause which has helped so many individuals and businesses in the Upper Calder Valley since the disastrous floods on Boxing Day. The fund will also have a stall in the Town Hall foyer during the festival giving out information on their work and selling various beer-related items to raise further funds.
The festival will be open on Thursday 22nd September from 2pm to 10pm (admission: £1, free to card-carrying CAMRA members); 12 noon – 11pm on Friday 23rd (admission: £2 or £1 to members) and 12 noon to 10 pm on Saturday 24th (admission £2 or £1 to members, but free to everyone after 6pm). Glasses will be available for a £1 returnable deposit and hot and cold food will be available from the Town Hall cafe until 8pm. Unfortunately under-18s and dogs (with the exception of guide and assistance dogs) cannot be admitted and under-25s may have to produce evidence of age identification.
One of the highlights of the festival will be a celebration pint-pulling at 4.30pm by Ms Kathryn Hey of a special beer – Hey’s Gold – which she has commissioned from Bingley Brewery to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the closure of Hey’s Brewery in Bradford, founded by her ancestors in the mid-nineteenth century, following its takeover by Websters of Halifax. Another highlight on the Thursday evening, commencing at 7.30pm, will be a performance by local womens’ morris dancing side, The Hebden Bridge Hill Millies.
Journalists and photographers from the local media are very welcome to attend and will, of course, be admitted free of charge.
Press & Publicity Officer
CAMRA Halifax & Calderdale
Tel. 01422 847283 Mobile: 07752 551092