Beers from as far afield as North Yorkshire (Black Sheep Brewery) and Sussex (Harvey & Sons) will appear alongside local brews from Donnington in the Cotswolds, Ramsbury in Wiltshire and the fledgling Loddon Brewery near Reading at the 2010 Arkell’s Brewery Beer Festival, on Saturday 11 September at the Swindon brewery.
The event, being held to raise money for local charity Prospect Hospice, will showcase over 40 real ales from across England and Wales.
Entry costs £5 to include a commemorative glass and two ½ pint beer vouchers. A tour inside the beautiful Victorian steam brewery costs £4 – with all proceeds going to Prospect Hospice. All tickets are available to purchase on-line: www.arkells.com.
Alongside the real ales, the brewery is planning a range of activities throughout the afternoon, including vintage fire engines and other vehicles, musical entertainment and the opportunity for visitors to wonder unhindered around the grounds of this historic brewery. Local scouts and guides will be on hand to help with the barbecue.
“We want to treat visitors to a great day out whilst raising money for a worthy local charity that needs our help.” says Director, Nick Arkell, who is organizing the event.
Pictured, Arkell’s head brewer Don Bracher with George and Alex Arkell
“Unlike some real ale breweries, Arkell’s is not open to visitors during the year because it’s a working brewery, so this is one of the few times we are able to throw open our doors and invite everyone in to see how Arkell’s has brewed beer for over 160 years.
The brewery’s 2007 beer festival attracted over a thousand visitors and brewery chairman, James Arkell, hopes that the event will prove as popular this year.
“We are very proud of our brewery. It dates back to 1843 when my great, great grandfather John Arkell decided to put his barley crop to better use and brew beer for Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s thirsty railway workers up the road. The railway works have long closed down, but the brewery hasn’t and I don’t think it changed so much that John Arkell would feel out of place here today.”
Arkell’s Beer Festival opens at 11am on Saturday 11 September.
Prospect Hospice is the only provider of dedicated end of life care in and around Swindon. Established around 30 years’ ago, the scope of its care is broad: supporting patients in the purpose-built Hospice, in Swindon’s Great Western Hospital and in people’s own homes. Available to all who need it, care is given freely, supported generously by fundraising. ??Prospect Hospice cares for more than 1600 patients each year and is a registered charity. It receives just 26% of income from statutory organisations such as the NHS, meaning that it must raise more than £4.5 million each year to continue providing care the community relies on.