A popular beer and cider festival is planning to return later this year after being forced to be cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic last year.

The Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival is one of the most anticipated events in the region’s calendar, with it’s return scheduled for the first weekend in September in a bid for the event take place after the end of the restrictions caused by the coronavirus crisis.

“We are delighted to be able to schedule The Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival for later on this year,” said Ian Cave, Chair of the Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival committee.

“Not being able to hold the festival last year was a huge blow in terms of fundraising for our charities and the Tynedale Rugby Club and of course a big disappointment for those who look forward to visiting us as part of their summer social calendar.

“All of the planning for 2020 will be put to good use and we are hoping to put on the biggest and best beer festival that we have ever organised and will be working hard to make that a reality whilst keeping everyone safe and happy.”

The annual Corbridge event - which usually takes place each June - sees hundreds of visitors sample some of the region’s finest alcoholic drinks, with a range of live music performances also a key part to the weekend.

Ran by both the Tynedale Lions Club and Tynedale Rugby Football Club, the three-day festival is managed by a committee of volunteers.

Beginning in 2002, the weekend is also a key date for both local and national charities in the area, with over £450,000 having been raised since the events creation.

Tickets for the festival are set to go on sale over the next few weeks and will be available on the Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival website.