THE region’s biggest beer festival will return in summer after exceeding £1 million raised for local causes.

Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival started as a small beer festival in 2002 organised by Tynedale Rugby Club and the Tynedale Lions, held in the clubhouse building, to fundraise for good causes in the region and the Rugby Club itself.

Hexham Courant: Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival volunteersTynedale Beer & Cider Festival volunteers (Image: Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival)

Today, it is held in a huge marquee, attracts thousands of attendees each year and is one of the highlights of summer in the Tyne Valley.

The festival runs at Tynedale Park, home of the rugby club in Corbridge from Thursday, June 13 to Sunday, June 16.

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The festival blends the opportunity to sample beers and ciders along with a live music programme, street food, rugby and other entertainment, including a family-friendly afternoon on Saturday 15 and Sunday, June 16.

Hexham Courant: The festival attracts thousands each yearThe festival attracts thousands each year (Image: Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival)

The event is a joint venture between the Tynedale Rugby Football Club and Tynedale Lions Club.

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More than 120 beers will be on offer this year, all checked by local CAMRA officials and there is also a large range of traditional ciders and perry plus wine, prosecco, gin and rum.

Hexham Courant: Beer at the festivalBeer at the festival (Image: Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival)

A recent addition to the festival is The Big Gig. The Big Gig is a showcase competition for local young talent aged 18 and under. Various bands and acts have been selected to perform at the festival and are being coached and supported by Katy Trigger, touring with Maximo Park, in collaboration with Core Music in Hexham.

Hexham Courant: Live music at the festivalLive music at the festival (Image: Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival)

Ian Cave, chair of the Tynedale Beer & Cider Festival Committee, said: After 23 years, we are delighted to still be producing this amazing, volunteer-run festival to the very high standard that we do. Every year it gets a little bit better and 2024 is no exception.

"We are working hard behind the scenes at the moment to open on June 13 with a fantastic range of beers, ciders and other drinks plus some top-class entertainment, a family fun day on Saturday and of course, some rugby. It’s a great day out for all.”