WIN: Tickets to Weston Cider Festival

PUBLISHED: 08:00 16 June 2011 | UPDATED: 11:29 16 June 2011

Weston's first cider festival will be staged in July

Weston's first cider festival will be staged in July


MORE than 100 types of cider will be on offer to fans of the West Country’s traditional tipple at Weston’s first scrumpy and western circus.

Popular cider festivals have been running in Bristol and Bath for a number of years, but have not previously come to Weston.

However, that will change next month when the first ever Weston Cider Festival is staged in the grounds of the Royal Hotel on July 29 and 30.

Organised by Bath-based the 
two-day event will feature live music from tribute acts The Mangledwurzels and The Twurzels.

Hedge Cutter, lead singer with The Mangledwurzels, said: “We have done several of these festivals across the country - and we never tire of them.

“Imagine up to a thousand cider drinkers dancing around and singing along to Drink Up Thyy Zider and I Can Drive A Tractor, and you get an idea of how 
good-natured and crazy these events are. We loves ‘em!”

The event is due to be staged in a giant marquee on the hotel’s seafront lawn, with around 100 award-winning ciders and perries from across the region on offer.

Festival organizer Chris Lilley said: “The festivals have proved a huge success, especially in the West County.

“We held the first event in 2007, and the events’ 
popularity has been growing ever since.

“This is our first time in Weston – but not for want of trying. When we organise these events in Bristol and Bath, the evening sessions tend to sell out; and I would urge anyone planning to come along to get their tickets in advance.

“We hate turning people away at the door, but once the event is sold out – that’s it.”

The event will run from 7.30-11pm on July 29, and from 11am-4pm and 7.30-11pm on July 30.

Tickets are priced at £7 in advance, available from 01225 330304.

* The Mercury has five pairs of tickets to give away to the Friday evening or Saturday afternoon sessions of the Weston Cider Festival.

To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question: Cider is made from apples, but from what fruit is perry made?

Click on the link at the top right-hand side of the page to enter.

Closing date is July 1, and usual Archant rules apply.

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