Sports clubs’ beer festivals at double

Fylde RUFC beer festival. Mike Russell is served by Anne Marie Murphy, Lottie Stringer and Sarah Hughes
Fylde RUFC beer festival. Mike Russell is served by Anne Marie Murphy, Lottie Stringer and Sarah Hughes

There will be no beer festival at Lowther Pavilion this year – but there is sure to be plenty of cheer for ale fans at other venues in South Fylde in the coming weeks.

Fylde Rugby Club is staging its second annual festival over four days during the May Bank holiday weekend from May 3-6, while St Annes Cricket Club will host an event, also over four days, during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend period, from Thursday, May 30 to Sunday, June 2.

The Fylde event, in a specially-erected marquee at the club’s ground in Blackpool Road, Ansdell, will feature more than 50 different ales and ciders and a club spokesman said: “We were delighted with the success of the first festival here last year and we hope this is a real weekend to remember.”

There will be live entertainment on the opening three days and an open mic session on the Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.

On the Sunday afternoon, the club is also hosting the Lancashire Colts Cup Finals.

The first St Annes CC Beer and Wine Festival, at the club’s ground off Highbury Road, will feature 40 beers plus live entertainment and food and a club spokesman said: “It should be a great weekend and we hope there will be something for everybody.”

Both event are being promoted on the website of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Campaign for Real Ale, who last week announced that they would not be holding a festival at Lytham’s Lowther Pavilion and are staging a similar event at Blackpool Football Club in the autumn instead.