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Crowds Expected for 5th Annual Weston Real Ale & Cider Festival

Real Ale and Cider Festival Photo: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crowds are expected to descend on Weston-super-Mare seafront this weekend as the annual Real Ale and Cider Festival comes to the resort.

Weston Lions presents its fifth real ale and cider festival from July 27-29 with 150 samples on offer to taste and live music.

The event takes place on the Beach Lawns.

There will be 108 real ales and as this year's theme is based on sport and the Olympics, there will be "Ale'lympic Gold" from Northumberland Brewery and "Olympic Flame" from Downton Brewery on offer.

In addition there will be 42 ciders all from local Somerset cider farms and a selection of wine and soft drinks, which are free for children.

Local businesses have been asked to sponsor a barrel with funds raised going to help BIBIC, Go Commando, Help4Heroes and Go Kids Go.

Organiser Chris Nelson, said: "This really is becoming a popular event in Weston-super-Mare's calendar and long may it continue.

This really is becoming a popular event in Weston-super-Mare's calendar and long may it continue.

Over 6,000 pints of ale and 3,000 pints of cider were sold during the three day event last year.

We were able to donate £5,000 to Weston Hospicecare and £5,000 to the RNLI and a further £4,500 was divided up and went to many other local good causes.

– Chris Nelson, Organiser

This event runs on Friday and Saturday from 11am-10:30pm and Sunday runs from 11am-5pm.

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