Gloucestershire’s Best Beer and Cider Festivals

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Sarah Dawson

The South West is famous for its real ale and cider, and nowhere takes it more seriously than Gloucestershire. The county is spoilt for choice when it comes to quality drinks festivals, from intimate CAMRA gatherings for ale aficionados to party weekenders for cider lovers. Whatever you’re into, give one of these festivals a try, and you won’t be disappointed.

1. Herefordshire & Gloucestershire Canal Beer, Cider and Perry Festival

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Held at the scenic waterside pub, The Wharf House, the H&G Canal Beer, Cider and Perry Festival is held every year in August, as part of the H&G Canal Festival. Attracting thousands of visitors over the weekend event, you can expect a large range of beer, cider and perry to sample, as well as plenty of other festival entertainment. Heritage boat processions and rides, live music and great food make this a fun, family-friendly day out.

2. CAMRA Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival

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Take your real ale seriously? Then you’ll be in good company here. The CAMRA Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival has around 100 beers and over 30 ciders and perries on offer, and you can expect to mix with an eclectic crowd with a real passion for the good stuff. There’s an artisan cheese bar, to soak up all that beer, as well as live music over the two days. But if you’d prefer to chat with friends over a pint, or drink your ale in peace, there are some quiet spaces available to get away from the crowds.

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