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Haverhill Beer Weekend sees record ticket sales as it comes back strong





Having returned after a five-year absence, the organisers of last weekend’s beer festival in Haverhill were delighted with how well the event went.

Held at the town’s arts centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Haverhill Beer Weekend offered visitors a tasty selection of real ales and ciders, including Nethergate Venture, Pumphouse Gold, Roughacre Saints Reserve and Moonshine Heavenly Matter.

Sara Marsh from Haverhill Town Council, which organised the weekend in partnership with West Suffolk CAMRA and the Nethergate Brewery, said: "We are delighted with how the Haverhill Beer Weekend went following a five year gap.

The Hoy Shanty Crew members Tony Prior and Mike Reeves toast the beer weekend. Picture: Mark Westley
The Hoy Shanty Crew members Tony Prior and Mike Reeves toast the beer weekend. Picture: Mark Westley
Phoebe Chamberlain helping to ensure the drinks kept coming at Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Mark Westley
Phoebe Chamberlain helping to ensure the drinks kept coming at Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Mark Westley

"The weekend went smoothly from start to finish, and we were able to sell a record number of tickets and treat everyone to delicious local beers and live musical performances.”

Live music was on offer each day, with Steve Spall So-Low playing on Saturday, the Suffolk Slappers on Friday and Hoy Shanty Crew on Sunday, while the Open Mic Showcase was held on both Friday and Saturday.

The weekend also offered, for those looking for something other than beers and ciders, a full bar and free soft drinks for designated drivers.

Haverhill Beer Weekend attracted lots of visitors, including Clive Ashdown and Chris Bailey, chairman of West Suffolk CAMRA. Picture: Mark Westley
Haverhill Beer Weekend attracted lots of visitors, including Clive Ashdown and Chris Bailey, chairman of West Suffolk CAMRA. Picture: Mark Westley
Richard Gould, Nathan Roughsedge and Imogen Burt sampling some of the offerings at the Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Mark Westley
Richard Gould, Nathan Roughsedge and Imogen Burt sampling some of the offerings at the Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Mark Westley

There was activities for children, such as board games, Jenga and arts and crafts.

Food was also available and customers were able to bring their own nourishment bought at nearby take-aways into the venue.

Sara added: "A special thank you goes to West Suffolk CAMRA volunteers for all their hard work and help to set-up and organise the event.

The Suffolk Slappers performing on stage at the Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Kae Bartlett
The Suffolk Slappers performing on stage at the Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Kae Bartlett
Debbie Potts and Paul Davis worked as volunteers at the Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Mark Westley
Debbie Potts and Paul Davis worked as volunteers at the Haverhill Beer Weekend. Picture: Mark Westley

“We are already looking forward to next year's event!"