Now in its 6th year, the Battlesteads Beer Festival returns to Wark from Thursday 21 to Sunday 24 July, celebrating the best beers, ales, lagers and ciders from across the country.

One of the highlights of the calendar for beer-lovers in the North East, the four-day festival will feature over 20 beers, ciders and foreign lagers to sample along with a speciality gin bar that’s new for 2016.

There will be a range of favourite local ales returning to the pump, alongside a selection of speciality beers handpicked by the expert bar team at Battlesteads to satisfy the thirst of anyone looking to try something new.

The festival will feature live music and entertainment, with The Stax Brothers headlining on Friday 22 and The Mudskippers and Alive and Kicking playing on Saturday 23.

Recently named the Best Pub in the North East at the National Pub & Bar Awards, Battlesteads is as famous for its welcoming hospitality as its selection of local and national beers, ciders and wines.

General manager of Battlesteads Katie Meyrick said: “The annual beer festival has become the most popular event of the year for us, attracting hundreds of people across the four days to try the wide selection of beers, ciders and lagers on offer. We are continually improving the event and in light of the surge in popularity of gin in recent years we are introducing the new gin bar, with a selection of 8 fabulous gins for visitors who want to try something different. The festival is a great celebration with a brilliant atmosphere, raising money for a worthy charity – what more could you ask for.”

Admission to the festival on Thursday 21 is free from 6pm until 11pm. Tickets for Friday and Saturday, 12 noon until 11pm, are £4 per person including a commemorative glass or £3 for CAMRA members and entry on Sunday is free from 12pm until the beer runs out. All profits from the festival go to local charity The Great North Air Ambulance Service.

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