What a wonderful time we had on Saturday 28th June at the Seventeenth Annual Charlbury Beer Festival!
Thank you to everyone who braved the initial rain to join us for what was a really fantastic day, ending with the sun going down over the lovely Cotswold hills and some great music and communal dancing in the main beer tent.
Yet again (and thank you to you!) we have managed to raise thousands of pounds that will be used to support a range of worthy causes, both local, and further afield.
We also (as we do every year) paid great attention to the way in which we clear up and dispose of waste, making sure we recycle as much as is possible. Learn more about our 'big smile, small footprint' initiative here.
If you want to re-live the festival, or see just what you missed - click here to view the Charlbury Beer Festival 2014 video on Witney TV.
We look forward to seeing you next year!
The Rail Ale Trail
This year we sourced our beers from breweries located along the length of the Charlbury to Hereford rail line and what a great selection it was!
If you have not already seen just 'how' we brought the beers to town, just read on...
On Saturday 21st June, ten plucky (or should we say "lucky"!) volunteers boarded the 09h41 First ("Thirst") Great Western train to Hereford and getting off at stations along the route collected firkins from local breweries. Click here to download the Rail Ale Trail map.
The 12:13 train from Hereford stopped at each of our 'Rail Ale Trail' stations where members of our intrepid team loaded the barrels ready for 'delivery' to Charlbury station at 14:08 where a classic 1950's lorry was standing ready to pick up the beer and deliver to our storage facility in nearby Ditchley.
If you want to see our brave ale adventurers picking up the barrels and learn more about the festival and the good causes we are supporting just click here to view the movie!
A good cause
The Charlbury Beer Festival exists solely to raise money for good causes.
Charlbury Primary School has been our biggest beneficiary, but we support a wide range of community groups and projects in the Charlbury area and beyond. More recently we have allocated a proportion of our funds each year to a hand-picked good cause helping children in the developing world.
See our Grants page for further details.
Live music has always been a key part of the Beer Festival’s success and this year was no exception! Thank you to all the fabulous bands for such great sets and thank you to all you movers and shakers, the 'dance floor' was packed!
The Culture Club, the new programme of events, talks and activities had its first outing this year - and what a success it was. We look forward to bringing it back for everyone's pleasure (even bigger and better!) at next year's festival.