Preview: Weston Lions Club to host 10th Real Ale and Cider Festival – as Go Kids Go! winners revealed

PUBLISHED: 11:54 27 July 2017

Lions Real Ale Festival.

Lions Real Ale Festival.


Weston-super-Mare Lions Club is hoping its Real Ale and Cider Festival be the best yet as it celebrates a milestone this weekend – and the club is set to give out £12,000 to youth groups at the event.

Lions Real Ale Festival.Lions Real Ale Festival.

Beer and cider-lovers are in for a treat this weekend as there will be more than 30 real ales, beers and ciders on offer at the festival on the Beach Lawns.

The festival is in its 10th year and it also boasts a host of popular bands on its line-up.

The event will begin at 11am on Friday. It is free to enter until 5pm on Friday and Saturday, and will then cost £3 per person. It will be free all day on Sunday.

Music will begin at 7pm on the Friday, with The Disfunctionals, Gracetown and Oli Boorman’s Hovis set to wow crowds.

Lions Real Ale Festival.Lions Real Ale Festival.

The festival will open at 11am on Saturday and will see a 1960s and 70s theme brought to life on the seafront from 7pm.

On Sunday there will be a Jazz On The Lawn event at noon with performances from Swing Fever and Axe Valley Jazz Band.

Malcolm Timmis from the Lions said: “The festival is now in its 10th year and has so far generated more than £300,000 which has been used to help of local and national charities. We hope this year will be the best yet.”

Go Kids Go! winners have also been chosen and will be presented with their cheques on Sunday.

Lions Real Ale Festival.Lions Real Ale Festival.

Mr Timmis said: “We had more than 60 applications, a record number, this year and judging was tough.

“Now we need to focus on growing the project next year, to meet demand, and hopefully new sponsors will come forward.”

The scheme – which is run by the Lions in partnership with the Mercury – will give away £12,000 this year thanks to sponsorship from: The Grand Pier, Lambtrad which runs Weston’s McDonald’s restaurants, Hobbs and Webb, Howard Group, Mead Group, Nightingales, Crosville Motor Services and the Carnival Committee.

Eric Tones, of the Lions, said: “We are so proud of Go Kids Go! and how it has handed out more than £60,000 in the past five years to many local youth organisations encouraging sport, drama, music and the environment.

“Without the support of local business and organisations, this would not be possible.

“We need new supporters to sustain this project for the future, so please get in touch.”

The winners of this year’s Go Kids Go! grants are: 290 Weston Squadron RAF Air Cadets; Act One Drama Group; Friends of Ashcombe Children’s Centre; Corpus Christi Primary School; J21 Gymnastics; Kewstoke Youth and Community Farm; Locking Park Juniors FC; Milton Park Primary School; 1st North Weston Rainbows; Our Way Our Say; Splitz Gymnastics; St Martin’s Primary School; Team Mendip Girls and Women’s Football Club; Voyage Learning Campus; Weston Aerobics Gymnastics; Weston Mendip District Girlguiding; Weston Tennis Club; Weston Operatic Society; Weston Swimming Club; Weston RFC; Winscombe Rugby Club.

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