By Connor Steel
HAMPSHIRE CULTURAL TRUST have encouraged residents in Fareham and the county to attend their Summer Ale Festival due to take place at the Ashcroft Arts Centre this Saturday (August 13); which is due to bring beer, cider, food and live music together for visitors throughout the day. It will mark the return of the popular event in Hampshire and Fareham in particular following three years absence from the calendar due to Covid-19 restrictions, which cancelled the event in both 2020 and 2021 due to health guidelines.
Divided into two sessions from 12pm to 4pm and then 6pm to 10pm; a specially curated selection of twenty beers and ciders from local breweries will be available to taste. These include samples from Bowman Ales Ltd, a microbrewery in Droxford, Somerset’s own Lilley’s Cider, New Forest base Vibrant Forest Brewery and many more; with further details likely to be released nearer the time of the event by organisers.
Festival food from JJ’s Street Food will also be on offer covering traditional entertainment options such as a selection of pies, burgers, and chips throughout both sessions for all in attendance. Live music from bands such as Black Kat Boppers supported by Rosco Shakes and Grizzly & the Grasshoppers supported by The Devil’s Damned String Band will provide a backdrop of sound to festivities throughout the day.
Tickets to enter have been priced at £7 per person for an individual session, with six tasting tokens available to purchase either before the event or at the doors on Saturday. One token will buy a half-pint measure of beer or cider, working out at approximately £3.33 per point; organisers reminding all potential visitors that entrance will be forbidden to those under eighteen years old due to alcohol being involved.
James Tier, the General Manager at Ashcroft Arts Centre, said in a short statement previewing the event: “We are delighted to be welcoming beer and music lovers from across Hampshire to Ashcroft Arts Centre’s first Ale Festival since 2019 Our selection of beers, ciders, food and music has been carefully crafted to bring our customers the ultimate ale festival experience in the heart of Fareham, celebrating the first glorious post-pandemic summer as well as the amazing range of breweries from across the south. We hope that you can join us for what is set to be Ashcroft Arts Centre’s biggest and best ale festival yet!”
For more information on the event and how to book tickets, visitors are asked to visit the Ashcroft Arts Centre website here; whilst further details on the Hampshire Cultural Trust and projects are available via this link
PICTURED BY ASHCROFT ARTS CENTRE: Official logo advertising the event to be held throughout the day on Saturday with beers, ciders and live music on offer to visitors (reproduced with permission).