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This year will be the 40th Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip Hall near Winchcombe and some special things will be happening. We are one of the oldest beer festivals in the country and believe that no other has celebrated 40 years in the same location. Come celebrate our ruby festival. (Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July)

Tickets will go on sale from the start of April, online via the Gloucestershire CAMRA website, by post (forms will be sent to regular attendees or you can request one) or at three outlets:

Favourite Beers, 105 Hewlett Road, Cheltenham, GL52 6BB
Sandford Park Ale House, 20 High St, Cheltenham GL50 1DZ
The Plaisterer’s Arms, Abbey Terrace, Winchcombe, GL54 5LL

Sessions are unchanged:

Friday 7pm-11pm, Saturday 11.30am-3pm and 7pm-11pm, Sunday 12am-3pm depending on beer stocks.

Prices have been held at £8 per session but remember the Sunday session costs only the price of a glass (£1.50) and is free if you have a glass from a previous session.

There will be the usual range of 70-80 real ales, 25-30 ciders and perries, plus soft drinks and a barbecue at all sessions. The beer list will feature both the old – many favourites from past festivals – and the new – beers from some of the newest breweries in the country. More details nearer the time.

Our popular festival bus service will run again but this year with a single ticket for £5 lasting all weekend for as many rides as you need. The buses are also free on the Sunday.

Camping is back in the parking field with a single £5 weekend camping permit allowing one vehicle in the designated camping area. For the charge we intend to provide better facilities – toilets, water bowser etc.

We will have live music at all sessions this year. The Friday night will see the return of a group who made a number of successful appearances some years ago: “Anything Goes” with the talented singer Linda Morris. Saturday lunchtime of course would not be the same without the immensely popular Tewkesbury Town Band. Finally the Liberty Street Stompers will be swinging the roof off the old Barn on the Saturday night.

We are also planning many other events. There will definitely be a Morris side at lunchtime as usual. Also we can say that the Hook Norton dray and their magnificent shire horses will be up by the Hall on Saturday lunchtime and Prescott Brewery are hoping to arrange for some classic cars to put in an appearance in coordination with Prescott Hill Climb. Other things will happen – prepare to be surprised.

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