22nd-24th May – 20th Newark CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2015 (Newark, Nottinghamshire) Preview

Address: Riverside Park, Tolney Lane, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1DA (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Fri 22nd May: 10:30am-10:30pm (£6.50/Fast track entry £10*)
Sat 23rd May: 10:30am-10:30pm (£6.50/Fast track entry £10*)
Sun 24th May: 12pm-4pm (Free)

* = This includes refundable glass (£2) + 3 mini drink tokens. (CAMRA members get 9 mini tokens and a weekend pass).

Tickets: Available on the door

Ciders/Perries: The following ciders/perries will be available:


Biddendens – Kent
Bushels – Medium Cider – 6 % – A strong, still cider produced using a blend of Kentish culinary & dessert apples
Medium – Medium Cider – 8 % – Smooth, with a crisp apple taste, fairly sweet and easy to drink
Dry – Dry Cider – 8 % – These Kent cider-makers use dessert and cooking apples rather than cider apples and the
product is more wine-like than some more traditional ciders

Bottle Kicking Cider Co – Leicestershire
Rambler – Medium Dry – 6 % – A light medium cider made from a mixture of local and West Country apples
Scrambler – Medium Dry – 7 % – ‘Scrambler’ brings together the best of West Country apples with the great taste of
apples grown locally in Leicestershire.
Scrummage – Cider – 6.5 % – Scrummage has a sharpness that lingers at the back of the palate, reflecting east midlands
apple varieties.

Broadoak – Somerset
Bristol Port – Medium – 7.5 % – a fruity, colourful cider with a delicious apple taste.
Moonshine – White Sweet – 7.5 % – crisp clear fruity cider and a nice dry finish

Celtic Marshes – Herefordshire
Thundering Molly – Medium – 5.2 % – Gorgeous golden colour and a well balanced finish. Made on our Herefordshire
farm from 100% cider apples
Lily the Pink – Medium – 4.6 % – A medium fruity cider – gorgeous pink colour – made from 100% cider apples –
Intense fruity aroma – very drinkable!!!

Circle Cider – Wiltshire
Cats Tongue – Medium Cider – 6.1 % – A hazy dry cider, a true west country traditional flavour with a bit of sparkle for
the modern pallet, light touch of old horse and a touch of astringency to finish as a dry cider should

Double Vision – Kent
Cider – Medium Cider – 7.4 % – Made from five varieties of Kentish grown apples – Cox’s, Gala, Katy’s, Russets and

Gwatkins – Herefordshire
Gamecock – Sweet – 4.5 % – a plucky sweet cider

Gwynt Y Ddraig – Mid Glamorgan
Black Dragon – Dry – 7.2 % – matured in oak barrels to produce a cider rich in colour, body and flavour with a fresh
fruity aroma
Celtic Warrior – Sweet – 5.5 % – traditional farmhouse cider – easy drinking, very smooth as the acidity is mellowed by
the sweet taste
Happy Daze – Medium – 4.5 % – fruity, apply aroma, well balanced finish -light and very easy to drink medium cider.
Pyder – Medium – 6 % – an out of the ordinary blend of apple and pear juice fermented and matured in wood

Hecks – Somerset
Port Wine of Glastonbury – Medium – 7 % – Single Variety medium cider, fermented in red wine casks giving the
rosiness and depth of flavour
Kingston Black – Medium Dry – 6 % – Delicious single variety – medium (not as dry as a traditional Kingston Black but
full of KB flavour).

Hurst’s View – Staffordshire
Dry Cider – Dry – 6 % – slightly cloudy in appearance with a hint of citrus & berry

Lillies – Somerset
Gladiator – Medium Cider – 8.5 % – This strong rustic cider with its Roman flair has everything! Well rounded, fruity,
packed full of flavour and intoxicatingly easy to drink

Once upon a Tree – Herefordshire
Tumpy Ground – Medium – 7 % – clear, golden cider, medium in style, made from a blend of Somerset Redstreak,
Dabinett, Ellis Bitter and Browns apples.

Orchard Pig – Somerset
The Hog Father – Medium – 7.4 % – The Hog Father is the pig’s daddy and not for the faint hearted

Pure North Cider – West Yorkshire (Holmfirth)
Fusion – Medium Dry – 6.5 % – a fusion of medium and dry ciders. A clean crisp taste with deep apple flavour
Sweet Union – Medium Sweet – 5.5 % – A delicious cloudy cider with a full apple flavour.
Valley Zest – Medium – 6.5 % – a still medium cider single filtered to leave a deep gold colour with strong apple

Sandford Orchards – Devon
Bumbleberry – Cider with Fruit – 4.5 % – Apples, Strawberries, Blackcurrants, Raspberries and Blackberries –
marvellous fruit cider.
Devon Scrumpy – Medium – 6 % – A still, medium cider. Slightly cloudy and full flavoured. A traditional cider, full apple flavours,
with a pleasant bite and finish.
Fanny’s Bramble – Cider with Blackberries – 4 % – With added blackberries, this is a uniquely fruity and refreshing cider.
Old Kirton – Dry Cider – 6 % – A straw pressed, still cider, and as dry as it gets

Skidbrooke – Lincolnshire
Captain Cobbler – Sweet Cider – 6 % – A sweet farmhouse cider
Farmhouse Dry – Dry Cider – 6 % – A dry full flavoured farmhouse style cider
General Ludd – Medium Dry – 6 % – A medium farmhouse cider
Snailsbank – Herefordshire
Tumbledown Cider – Medium Cider – 5.2 % – A medium, easy drinking cider full of flavour with dry fruitiness matching a subtle

Thatchers – Somerset
Cheddar Valley – Medium – 6 % – orange coloured cider – distinctive, robust, naturally cloudy medium cider

Westons – Herefordshire
Old Rosie – Medium Dry – 7.3 % – full flavoured, appley, cloudy scrumpy, with a well balanced medium dry


Broadoak – Somerset
Perry – 7.5 % – This is a smooth delicately sweet drink

Double Vision – Kent
Impeared Vision – 7.4 % – A still perry made from a blend of pear varieties

Gwynt Y Ddraig – Mid Glamorgan
Two Trees Perry – 4.5 % – light easy drinking, caramel nose and dry finish

Hecks – Somerset
Blakeney Red Perry – 6 % – known for its quality as a dessert pear, the Blakeney Red produces a medium sweet full bodied

Westons – Herefordshire
West Country Perry – 4.5 % – still medium dry perry – retains natural pale colour

Food: Food will be available.

Entertainment:The entertainment is as follows:

Friday 22nd May

3pm – 3.30pm
Brain teasing time again with resident “brainiac” Mark Taylor.

7pm – 8pm
Indigo were formed in 2009, they soon gained a strong reputation around the pubs and clubs, gigging solidly around the East Midlands playing their own brand of totally “Live” cover versions of classic hits from the past five decades. After a couple of line up changes, they now consist of: David Hughes on Lead/Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocals, Annie Thompson on Bass & Backing Vocals, Cameron Sunman on Drums & Backing Vocals. They should get the Festival entertainment off to a good start.

8.40pm – 10pm
Sheffield’s Treebeard won’t need any introduction. Back by popular demand to grace our Festival stage for the sixth time with their (in their words) “Heavy Wood” music, a mix of original, contemporary & traditional Folk music. They were formed in 1998 by Chris, Paul and Paul Chisnell (Haze & Three Legged Cat). The band are: Chris McMahon on Guitar & Vocals, Paul McMahon on Bass & Vocals, Danny McMahon on Drums, Ceri Ashton on Fiddle, Flute & Vocals, Catrin Ashton on Mandolin & Fiddle.

Saturday 23rd May

No fixed time
Again back by popular demand, we have The Lincoln & Micklebarrow Morris Men to entertain you. I’m sure they will be asking for some audience participation again this year. A good start to Saturday afternoons proceedings.

3pm – 3.30pm
Time to shake up those brain cells once again with today’s installment.

4.30pm – 5.30pm
Swing Nouveau are based in Newark, but have performed at Festivals and events throughout the UK. They take anything from classic Jazz and Swing, through to 80’s pop to current chart material and give it a unique twist.
Susie Chambers is one of the few female vocalist/Double Bass players in the country and as a former Big Band singer, brings a wealth of experience and stage presence. Her style has been likened to Paloma Faith and Caro Emerald.
Guitarist and Musical Director Andrew Coe arranges the songs and gives them the Swing Nouveau signature sound.

6.30pm – 7.40pm
Crossfire are six piece, female fronted Rock Covers Band, who came together in early 2015, with their sole aim to put together a high energy set of floor filling Rock anthems, such as Whitesnake, Bon Jovi & Thin Lizzy. Classic Rock fans will be in Air Guitar and Head Banging Heaven.
The “Supergroup” features a line up of some of Newark’s most experienced musicians including: Darren Pointing and Jacob Pointing on Guitars, John Joe Gaskin on Drums, James Manners on Bass & Backing Vocals, Cameron Sunman on Keyboards & Backing Vocals and finally Danielle Smedley on Lead Vocals.

8.40pm – 10pm
Slack Alice were formed in 1973 by founder member and Vocalist Cliff Stocker, whose gravel rich voice has been compared to Rod Stewart and Eric Burdon. He is ably supported by Guitarists Chris Preston and Colin Redmond and a great Rhythm Section of Alan Sagar on Bass and Liam Barber on Drums.
Their constant gigging has earned them rave reviews and they can be found playing at most Blues Festivals around the country. Their latest CD “Never Never Ever Give Up”, proves they can still deliver and as The Animals John Steel quotes: “I have to say that Newcastle continues to produce classics. This band has got to be up there along with The Animals, Bryan Ferry and Lindisfarne”. Looks like we’re in for a cracking finale to this years Beer Festival.

Sunday 24th May

2.00pm – 2.30pm
Your last chance to win a gallon of beer with today’s brain teasers.

3.00pm – 3.45pm
Two of Newark’s finest perform together as “The Ghost Drinkers”, Bobby Haynes on 6 and 12 string Guitars, Ukelele and Vocals and Ian Dobbs on Electro and Ukelele Bass and Vocals.
Sharing the Vocal duties, they’ll chill you out on the Sunday afternoon, playing some of their favourite songs from the likes of Del Amitri, Bob Dylan, to T.Rex and a bit of Irish folk from The Dubliners and The Pogues, with some original material in the mix as well.


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