There will more than just fingers that are crossed with all those who love real ales and ciders, as the organisers of Newquay Beer Festival announce that, if conditions allow, they will run the festival again in September this year.
Hendra Holiday Park, which has been the host site for the exceptionally popular charity festival since 2013, have set aside the long weekend of 24-26 September this year so that plans can be formalised. Newquay Towan Blystra Lions Club, the charity which runs the event are, therefore, formulating plans to have their normal wide selection of beers and ciders, with wines, soft drinks, food and great stage entertainment in the hope that they can add to the £50,000 the event has already raised for local good causes over the past eight years. How things develop with COVID over the next few months though will be critical to the final decision as to whether to proceed however.
Festival co-director, Lion Andy Hannan, said: “It is still early days but we are very grateful to Hendra for setting that weekend aside for us to run the Beer Festival again if we can.
“Once it becomes more clear what things are going to be like towards the end of September we will make a final decision on whether to release tickets for sale and commit to the expenses necessary to put the event on. We are very keen to make sure any restrictions which are still in place do not impinge on the ability for those attending to enjoy themselves in the way they normally do. To be fair, several hundred people, great music and a few drinks is not an environment in which we think we could easily and effectively ensure two metre social distancing if that is still a requirement and so considerations of this nature will be key in our thinking before we commit to go ahead. As always, everyone’s safety will be our priority.
“Having said that, we are actively making all the plans necessary for the 2021 Newquay Beer Festival and this includes the booking of many of the popular bands and artistes who have already volunteered their time and talents to help us raise funds. We will also be seeking additional sponsors for barrels and other aspects of the event which always prove so valuable in helping raise money for local good causes.”
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Lion Andy Hannan -Festival Co-Director.