Cheers! Rossington all set to host huge beer festival

Rossington Beer festival. Chair of the parish council Richard Cooper-Holmes tastes one of the beers.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Rossington Beer festival. Chair of the parish council Richard Cooper-Holmes tastes one of the beers. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Real ale fans will be here for the beer when a two day festival showcasing Britan’s best tipples rolls into Rossington next month.

Nearly 1,000 people are expected to descend on the village for the third annual Rossington Beer Festival which will feature nearly 30 different brews from around the country as well as host of live bands to keep drinkers entertained.

Rossington Miners’ Welfare will be the venue for the event on October 3-4 and Richard Cooper-Holmes, chairman of Rossington Parish Council, is hoping the beer extravaganza will help put the village on the map.

He said: “We want to give the people of Rossington events they can enjoy on their doorstep, as well as bring in people from further afield too.

“This is the third one we have done and we hope that this one will be the biggest and best one yet.”

This year’s festival will feature 28 beers from local and national real ale brewers and drinkers will be able to buy themselves a souvenir festival glass for £4 in order to sample the varied tipples on offer.

There will also be food and entertainment and family fun on offer throughout the weekend.

Among the bands taking to the stage will be Smoking Beagles, UV Pop, Peppermint Park, Dante Ferrara, Bad Romance and The Indecision. A wandering minstrel will also be keeping visitors entertained during the festival.

Added Mr Cooper-Holmes: “The beer will be the same prices as in the pubs - £3 a pint. Rossington is a bit of a real ale desert - there aren’t any pubs round here selling real ale so we are catering for that gap.

“We want to bring the community together for these events and show them what Rossington has to offer.”

The beer festival follows on from other community events such as an Easter extravganza, children’s fun day and bonfire night spectacular which have all been held in recent years.