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Harleston Beer Festival 2021 fast approaching as town looks to leave lockdown behind




A town is scheduled to come together for its second annual beer festival in the hope of raising £10,000 for community projects as the final phase of restrictions lift this summer.

Harleston Beer Festival, which raised more than £6,000 in its first edition back in 2019, could not go ahead last year, but organisers Harleston and District Round Table and Harleston Ladies Circle are thinking big for 2021.

The beer festival is scheduled for July 9 and July 10 and will showcase dozens of beers from across East Anglia, casks of real ale and a Prosecco bar for those with a taste for a different type of tipple.

Harleston beer festival at the Swan Hotel, pictured is Mark Raines of the Harleston Round Table. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.
Harleston beer festival at the Swan Hotel, pictured is Mark Raines of the Harleston Round Table. ..Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography.

The festival is being held at Harleston recreation ground and will be open between 5pm and 11pm on Friday and 11am to 11pm on Saturday.

Marc Drury, 33, vice chairman of Harleston and District Round Table, said: We initially planned it as an annual event but of course, 2020 didn’t quite pan out as expected. We fully expect it to be a mainstay of our town’s calendar going forward now though.

“All of the beers we have for this July are produced in East Anglia, with the furthest away being Lowestoft, and we have food stalls and other types of drinks on offer too. Every pint of beer across the board will be £3.50 during the festival, which is a bit cheaper than pub prices.”

As well as having a significant array of beers on sale, the festival will also feature stalls run by butcher’s Palfrey & Hall, and a vegan and vegetarian stall.

There will also be live music taking place, with a line up of local bands set to play - including well known local rock radicals, Red Mecca.

Mr Drury added: “The event is free to enter for children and those who aren’t drinking, but we ask all other visitors to buy a £10 entry pack on arrival. This includes four half-pint samples of beer and a labelled glass with the logo of our sponsor Yellow Brick Mortgages on it.

“I just wanted to say thank you so much to the town council and the leisure centre committee who have allowed us to use the site for free and made the festival possible.”



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