OVER 5,000 visitors are expected to descend on Corbridge this week to sample more than 120 beers and 30 ciders.
Organisers of the annual Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival say tickets sales are 30 per cent up on this time last year – leading them to anticipate the biggest number of visitors in the event’s history.
The festival is run as a joint venture between the Tynedale Rugby Football Club and the Tynedale Lions and is a fund-raising event for good causes.
This year, donations from the proceeds will be presented to Marie Curie, The Corbridge Youth Initiative, the Hexham Youth Initiative and The Calvert Trust Kielder.
The sixteenth annual festival will take place at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, between Thursday, June 15 and Saturday, June 17.
As well as the huge range of beers and ciders on offer there is a wine and Pimms bar and, for the first time this year, a gin bar.
The festival will also have a range of craft beer this year from Northern Alchemy and Tempest Brewing.
Street food vendors Papa Ganoush, Tandoori Naan Hut and Northern Wilds Pizza will serve the hungry crowds.
In total, eight bands from across the North-East will be performing at the festival, with a range of music styles including rock, soul, punk and jazz featured every evening and through the day on Saturday.
Growing in popularity is camping at the festival, with attenders making a weekend of it, pitching tents, caravans and camper vans and making use of all the facilities on offer at the rugby club and festival itself.
For the third year running, the festival will host the Stay Strong Stu Rugby 7s competition on the Saturday afternoon.
Festival goers can enjoy a beer and watch this fast-paced and exciting rugby show as teams compete for the trophy.
Saturday afternoon is also family friendly and children are welcome at the festival between 1pm and 6pm.
Local dairy farm Wheelbirks will be there with their ice cream cart and there is also face painting and a magician.