Wassails in the Walled Garden

From left, Simon Armstrong, Stuart Redman and Mark Partington from Leyland at the Cuerden Valley Park Beer Festival

From left, Simon Armstrong, Stuart Redman and Mark Partington from Leyland at the Cuerden Valley Park Beer Festival

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Preparations are underway for this weekend’s 5th annual Cuerden Valley Beer Festival, to be held from 1pm on Friday until Sunday evening.

Located in the idyllic surroundings of the Walled Garden, patrons will be treated to a variety of musical acts over the 3 days whilst having the choice of over 40 beers on tap, including ciders and lagers. There will also be a selection of wines to choose from and hot food will be available.

People are being advised to arrive early due to the limited capacity of the Walled Garden, with the improving weather being sure to entice the large numbers that have become synonymous with the event over its four year history.

Cuerden Valley Park Trust relies on events like this for the upkeep of the park, with events and fund-raising manager Lesley Cryer explaining: “We don’t receive any funding for the maintenance and running of the park, so we need events like this to keep it open.”

“The people setting up and working the bars and the entrance are all volunteers, so it shows the support we receive. It’s been successful so far and it’s an event that we like to do, and all the profits go back into the trust to maintain the park.”

Thirteen acts will perform across the weekend, including the much-touted Manchester band Purge, who play at 8pm on Saturday before a packed two months of festival appearances and headline dates.

The gates open at 1pm each day, running until midnight on Friday and Saturday and 10pm on Sunday.

Admissions is £5 and includes a commemorative glass and programme.

For more information, go to cuerdenvalleypark.org.uk/beer.

Tom Welsh