THE third Upton Noble Beer & Music Festival was definitely the most successful yet,” said Dan Hurring, chairman of the organising committee speaking of the event held during the first weekend of September. “We had our best music offering, including the popular Carny Villains, and more people attending than ever before. In fact, the event was so incredibly popular that many of our beers had sold out before we closed our doors in the very early hours of Sunday morning.”

An estimated 1,000 people attended the event, which ran over the evening of Friday 1 September and from 2pm on Saturday 2 September. Around £5,000 was raised during the fixture, with £2,000 already donated to the Village Hall for the renovation of its original ceiling, while £1,000 has been earmarked for three nominated charities, including Willberry Wonderpony. This good cause was selected by North Brewham-based sand and aggregate merchant RH & AJ Bateman, sponsor of the branded glasses, as well as Friday’s fixture.

Cayfords Butchers of Frome won title sponsorship of Saturday after its name was the first pulled out of the sponsor’s lottery ‘hat’ in a ceremony held in Batcombe on the previous weekend.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to be title sponsor of such a popular and well organised event,” said Adrian Cayford. “I’ve sponsored every Upton Noble Beer Festival since the first one in 2015 and to come and see my banner at the busy bar and so many people enjoying themselves is just brilliant.”

Festival goers had travelled from far and wide to attend the festival. One couple, George and Marlene, came from south Gloucestershire. 

“I read about the festival on the internet and thought I would give it a try,” said George. “I can’t believe how good it is. The atmosphere is so special that we feel like we’re at a wedding. We’re so glad we came.”

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