Running since 1979, Frocester Beer Festival is a Gloucestershire institution. Starting out as a small beer festival, it’s grown into one of the county’s biggest and best, with all the profits donated to supporting great local causes. The beer list is seriously impressive, and will take you more than the weekend to work through — so pick wisely! Cider and wine are also on offer, along with plenty of food options and live music. Make a weekend out of it and camp in ‘Tent City’, along with the other revellers.
The Cotswold Beer Festival started back in the ’70s and claims to be the country’s oldest beer festival (they haven’t been challenged over the claim yet, so they are sticking to it!). Held at Postlip Hall’s picturesque tithe barn, it’s certainly one of the prettiest settings you’ll find to enjoy a pint of traditional beer or cider. With a BBQ and live music, it’s got everything you need for a memorable summer’s day out.
Held in the shadow of Cooper’s Hill, Gloucestershire’s famous ‘cheese rolling’ hill, the annual Witcombe Cider Festival is a cider lover’s dream. With an amazing selection of over 30 of the West Country’s best ciders and an impressive musical line-up, the festival — held over August bank holiday — is all about the party atmosphere. Book weekend tickets, bring your tent and be thankful you have the Bank Holiday Monday to recover!