Thurrock Beer & Cider Festival 2019

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The annual 35th Thurrock Beer & Cider Festival returns again organised by the local branch of the Campaign For Real Ale – CAMRA.
When: Tuesday 4 June to Saturday 8 June
Where: Thurrock Civic Hall, Blackshots Lane, Grays, RM16 2JU
Opening Times: Tuesday – Thursday 4 – 6 June, 12:00 – 3:00 pm and 6:00 pm – 11:00pm
Friday 7 June, Open All Day 12:00 -11:00pm
Saturday 8 June, Open all afternoon 12:00 – 7:00 pm
Entrance to the festival is £2 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, £3 on Thursday evening, £5 on Friday evening after 5:00 pm and £3 all day Saturday. Entrance is free to all weekday lunchtime sessions and is free at all times to card carrying CAMRA members.
Drinks:
• Featuring over 100 real ales ranging in style from light golden ales to dark porters and stouts.
• Plus over 30 real ciders from suppliers in Herefordshire, Somerset, Cornwell, Wales as well as local suppliers.
• In addition there is a selection of English country wines and meads.
• Soft drinks are also available.
Entertainment Programme:
• Tuesday and Wednesday are ‘quite nights’ with no music.
• Thursday evening a welcome return to ‘Legacy’ – acoustic pop and rock
• riday evening another welcome return for ‘Tritts and the Numbers Band’ – covers for most genera’s.
• Saturday afternoon features a continuous programme featuring the ever popular Rumford Morris Men, and new to the festival ‘Arfur Doo and The Toe Rags’ – Irish folk and again the welcome return of ‘Medicne’ – folk rock.
Hot and Cold food is available at all sessions and a CAMRA products stand is also available. You can also join CAMRA at the festival, if you do you’ll receive free admission for all further sessions and also a couple of free pints.
Each year a logo is chosen that features local historical interest, this year’s logo is the old Thurrock Technical College which was in Woodview, Grays and opened in 1960 and closed in 2014 when the college transferred to its present site in Grays town centre. It was the venue for the first four Thurrock Beer Festivals, or as it was known at the time the ‘South West Essex Beer Festival’ which were held there between 1980 and 1983 before transferring to its present location at Thurrock Civic Hall. The logo was chosen as not only is it a local place of historical interest but also for its connection with the Beer Festival.
More information is available at: swessex.camra.org.uk/thurrock.html or on Facebook: CAMRAThurrock or contact the Beer Festival hotline: 07960 969462

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