Beer Festival


This years beer festival will take place in our beautiful Walled Orchard from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd June. The bar will open at 6.00pm on Friday and 1.00pm on Saturday & Sunday, closing at midnight on Friday and Saturday, and at 10.00 pm on Sunday. This year the weekend will be divided in to 4 sessions, Friday Evening (no children allowed), Saturday afternoon 1 till 6, Saturday evening 7 till midnight (no children allowed) and Sunday afternoon. As usual there will be hot food available and live music from local entertainers. All tastes are catered for – there will be over 20 beers including Bitter, Lager, Cider as well as wine and soft drinks. Families and dogs are welcome, though dogs must be kept on leads in the Orchard.

To pre book, entrance is £15 for each session (£17 for the two Saturday sessions together, £4 on Sunday but no beer voucher included) which entitles the first 1,000 attendees to claim one limited edition commemorative glass, a £10 beer voucher, a programme and free entertainment! This year, after consultation with the police, we will be unable to issue and use the glasses during the festival, instead they will be available for collection from the Visitor Centre from Monday 4th June. Subject to availability, entrance at the gate on the day will be £5 for each session (£4 for Sunday), or £7 for an all day ticket for Saturday. Beer vouchers will need to be purchased separately.

Entrance is free for children under 18 to the Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions, but tickets must still be booked for them as we can only have a limited number of people in the Walled Orchard at any one time.

To book tickets and guarantee entrance please click here to go to our ticket website.

Please note that Cuerden Valley Park Trust operate a strict ID25 policy. If you are fortunate enough to look under 25 years of age, you will be asked to produce identification to prove you are 18 before you will be allowed in.
Please note that our bar is staffed by volunteers and whilst every effort will be made to serve you as quickly as possible, there may be times at peak periods when you have to queue.
Cask bitter takes 24 hours to settle and does not keep for very long. Therefore,we can only order as much as we think we can sell during the weekend. If demand is unexpectedly high, it may be that certain beers will become unavailable, particularly on the Sunday of the festival. However, every effort will be made to ensure keg beers are available throughout.

If you have a personal favourite that you would like to see at this or future Festivals, please let us know using the contact form at the foot of this page. Please be aware that it is our policy to only source beers from micro breweries.


Crankshaft – Millstone 4.8, Last Shift 4.0, Pitchfork 4.7

Bank Top – Gale Brook 4.2, Luna Halo 3.8, Pavilion Pale 4.5

Beer Brothers – Gold 3.8, True Brit 3.8

Seven Brothers – Watermelon (Wheat) 4.5, Session 3.8, IPA 5.0

Coach House – Blueberry 5.0

Northern Monkey – Sheephouse 4.2, Funky Monkey 5.5, Dirty Harry 4.5

Deeply Vale – Citra Storm 4.0, Deeply Best 4.2, Ripper 4.0

Manchester Brewing Co – Factory Pale 4.0, Some Might Say 4.4, Lincoln Sq Brown Ale 4.6, Your Mother was a Hamster (Elderflower) 4.0

Silver Street – Problem Child 3.7, Silver Street Session 3.9


Thirsty Farmer – Dry 5.5, Lemon & Lime 4.0, Blackcurrant 4.0, Mango 4.0


Beer Brothers – PR1 4.0

and of course, the ever popular FRULI, Strawberry Belgian Wheat Beer 4.1

A selection of white, rose and red wines will be available. Alternatively, why not treat yourself to some fizz? Prosecco by the glass.


As usual there will be a fantastic array of local talent providing entertainment over the three days, organised by promoter, Jeff Cotterill. We never mention it, but thanks Jeff for all your help this and every year from us all here at Cuerden Valley Park. The programme is as follows –


7pm Nodding Dogs DJs (Tom Godfrey & Paul Rice)

These guys will be keeping the music playing all evening,

Playing Soul, Funk Afro Beat Disco and House Music.

8.30pm The Jake Heaton Band

These young lads will rock your socks off

Playing Rock and lndie covers old and new.

10pm The Tom Wilson band (Featuring Bianca Kinane Ewart)

Old favourites of this festival, throwing the kitchen sink at it

Playing all genres of upbeat tunes that will be sure to get you dancing.


1pm Nodding Dogs DJs (Tom Godfrey & Paul Rice)

These guys will be keeping the music playing all afternoon,

Playing Soul, Funk Afro Beat Disco and House Music.

2pm Chris Wilkinson

Acoustic, playing popular tunes with a couple of originals.

3pm Adam, Matt and Renee

Acoustic R&B Mashups.

4pm Wagon Town

Stu, Terry and Steve will get your feet tapping

With there unique spin on Bluegrass/Country

and Celtic Music.

5pm Chris Tavener

Chris is a satirical singer songwriter, saying the things that everybody

thinks but never says, its like peepshow set to music, if Jimmy Carr

played guitar he would be Chris.

Not to be missed !


6pm Moon before Morning

Rick, James, Jamie & Katy

Playing classic rock and roll covers with enough energy to kick

a planet out of orbit!

8.30pm The Helen May Band

Popular covers ranging from Radio Head, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder

And more fronted by the very talented Helen May.

10pmThe Onions

These guys have been playing the beer festival since 2O14

Eclectic range of lndie, New Wave everything from the Clash to ABBA

Played with power charisma and ably assisted by pain killers & various

medical aids.


Music from 1pm (Line up and running order may vary)

Tom Walsh

Acoustic covers with a few originals thrown in, Tom has been a great

supporter of the festival since it started.

Millie Weaver

This young lady is a great supporter of the festival and plays

popular covers and originals, and got through to the live shows

on the voice last year.

Matt Wells Jazz

Matt and his band will be playing jazz favourites

across various genres.

Melanie Waite

Fantastic singer, will be joining some of our acts throughout the afternoon.

Andy Smith

This is Andy’s first time playing the beer festival, this guy is

A great supporter of local talent and live music in the surrounding

areas and he will be playing some crowd pleasers and hopefully

A couple of originals.

Bob MacBride

Bob is another great supporter of the festival and will

Be playing country/folk and lrish folk songs with plenty of

audience participation.

Taxis will be available from outside the Walled Orchard courtesy of Avacab 01772 424242 and Miller Citax 01772 884000.