Posted by: kellywoodroffe | 20/04/2020

Beer Festival 2020 Update

Here at Beer Fest HQ things have been much quieter and a lot stranger than they usually are at this time of year. Normally we’re busy finalising Beer and Cider lists, organising portaloo’s, bins and recycling, deciding how many sausages, burgers and rolls we need while talking to our local Asda store about supplying us with toilet rolls, kitchen roll, Ketchup, soft drinks, crisps and wine.  We’d be planning who would be picking up the marquees and pleading for help in putting them up as well as organising rota’s for behind the bar and BBQ.  We would be finalising the timings of the bands and making sure they were still happy to play for us.  The electrics would also need sorting and the Pavilion would be in need of a seriously good clean.

Instead of doing all of that we’ve been diligently following the advice from the government about social distancing, obsessively washing our hands and only going out to walk the dog or get some exercise during this lock-down.  Some of the Team are Key workers who work for the NHS, local schools and delivery services and have still been going to work, albeit with a changed way of working. Some are having to adapt to working from home whilst juggling home schooling and we are all struggling with not seeing our loved ones whilst generally not living our lives the way we once did.

While all our lives have been changing we’ve been watching the governments announcements about how long this lock down will last and waiting to see when the restrictions on larger gatherings would likely be lifted. With the lockdown being extended for a further 3 weeks it seems unlikely that the restrictions will have been removed before our Festival is due to take place next month.  Like many other events and planned celebrations we have therefore had to make the decision to cancel our Beer Festival for 2020. We would obviously like things to be different as we all put in a lot of hard work to make the festival happen on a yearly basis but we have to adhere to government guidelines to keep us all safe and well.  We want all of you to be happy and healthy so that you can come back next year to support us.


So it is with a heavy heart we are signing off for 2020. We hope you all stay safe, keep well and take care of yourselves and those around you during this difficult time.  We look forward to seeing you again next year.

Posted by: kellywoodroffe | 14/01/2020

Wicken Beer Festival 2020

Now that 2020 is well underway we can finally confirm our Beer Festival date for this year is Saturday 16th May.

As always, we’ll give you updates as we get them so keep an eye on our facebook page and here on our blog.

Posted by: kellywoodroffe | 29/04/2019

Beer and Cider List 2019

Oh yes, you read that right! With less than 2 weeks to go until our 16th Beer Festival we finally have our Beer List for 2019.

So, subject to delivery, this is what we have for you this year.

Abbeydale       –       Moonshine 4.3%
Adnams  –       Broadside 4.7%
Bath            –       Gem 4.1%
Brains          –       Rev James Original 4.5%
Camerons        –       Strongarm 4.0%
Castle Rock      –       Elsie Mo! 4.7%
Daleside        –       Old Legover 4.1%
Dancing Duck    –       Dark Drake 4.5%
Dark Star       –       Hophead 3.8%
Everards        –       Beacon Hill 3.8%
Exmoor          –       Gold 4.5%
Fullers         –       ESB 5.5%
Hopback –       Summer Lightning 5.0%
Kelham Island   –       Pale Rider 5.2%
Purple Moose    –       Dark Side of the Moose 4.6%
Rudgate –       Ruby Mild 4.4%
St Peters       –       Mild 3.7%
Taylors         –       Boltmakers 4.0%
Titanic         –       Plum Porter 4.9%
Wadworth        –       Bishop’s Tipple 5.0%
Harviestoun – Schiehallion 4.8% (real lager)

We’ve got 3 different and delicious ciders coming from Jonny Fuller at Spinney Abbey but sadly we are unable to get our other long standing favourite Pickled Pig Cider this year as they aren’t producing. However we have a few new ones for you to try instead from Snails Bank.

Ciders from Spinney Abbey:

Monk & Disorderly 5.6%

Virgin on the Ridiculous 5.6%

Rhubarb 4%

Dirty Habit 4.0%

Ciders from Snails Bank:
Raspberry Ripple

Elderflower Gin & tonic

Tumbledown Medium

We can also confirm that Sabertooth Timmy will be back again after their blistering performance last year in the rain. Hopefully the sun will shine on us all this time round.

Also, this is a reminder that if you are free on Thursday 9th May we will be putting the Marquees up from 6pm. If you can spare some time to help we would very much appreciate it.

We will see you all soon.

Posted by: kellywoodroffe | 28/02/2019

Wicken Beer Festival 2019

The Recreation Committee have come together to discuss our options going forwards and if we could pull off more festivals in the future. Luckily the answer was a resounding YES!

So, we can announce that the 2019 Wicken Beer Festival will be held on Saturday 11th May from 4pm til midnight.

This year we need your help more than ever. As members of our group have moved away our numbers have been dwindling and it is more difficult to run our little festival year after year. We need help on the Thursday evening (9th May) to get the marques put up and on the Sunday after (12th May) in the morning to take them down again and tidy up. We also need some lovely volunteers to help us run the BBQ/soft drinks stand and lend a hand pulling pints behind the bar. If you think you could help please email us at

As we get closer to the day we will update you on the finer details of bands and beers so keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

We’ll see you all soon

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