THE annual Tynedale Beer and Cider Festival is one of the county's most highly anticipated events in the county’s social calender.

The popular event sees revellers sample some of the finest alcoholic drinks, raise money for good causes and enjoy live music.

Earlier this month, it was announced this year's festival will run from Friday, June 17 until Sunday, June 19 at Tynedale Park in Corbridge.

Tynedale Lions and Tynedale Rugby Club organise the festival, which will be in its 21st year, with the help of volunteers.

The festival began in 2002, and since then, it has gone from strength to strength, growing in size and popularity and raising over £450,000 for many local and national charities.

Last year, when the event was moved to September, more than 95 real ales served on draught, as well as craft keg beers, 36 craft ciders and perries, and other bar classics were available for enthusiasts to try and enjoy. The festival also had a wine and gin bar.

A number of local food vans were also on site.

Free tickets were available for the Sunday for NHS workers who had worked throughout the pandemic.

While the 2020 festival was unable to go ahead, like many other events, organisers took the beer festival online with more than 12,000 festival-goers tuning in from the comfort of their homes, raising over £2,000 for worthy causes.

All of the musicians gave their time for free, while people taking part were asked to donate the price they would usually pay for a ticket and a couple of drinks to support beneficiaries Journey, Chrysalis Club Tynedale, Northumberland County Blind Association, West Northumberland Food Bank and Tynedale Rugby Club.

We've taken a look back through our archives to see people enjoying the festival over the years...