Beer festival finds a new home at Spa

Scarborough’s annual beer festival, which was cancelled last year, is getting ready to settle into its new home.

Last year’s festival, due to be held at the old parcel sorting office at the railway station, was called off when the venue said it was no longer available.

The disappointed festival organisers quickly scouted around for an alternative but couldn’t find one.

However, they have found a home for the 2019 festival - the Spa Ocean Room. It will run from 7-9 March, from noon until 11pm.

The festival will feature up to 80 real ales showcasing distinctive beers and breweries all over the country, including local ones and 18 casks from micro-breweries in Scotland.

The local breweries providing beer include event sponsors Wold Top Brewery, Great Newsome and Timothy Taylor.

About 25 boxes of ciders and perries will include produce from the heartland of cider country, the South West, plus local ciders from Hedgehoggers and Tree Top Press. Many will be making a first appearance in Scarborough.

Organiser Stewart Campbell of the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale said: “We are delighted that, following last year’s unfortunate chain of events, we will be staging our third real-ale festival in association with the Spa.

“As well as a plentiful supply of beer, there will be a range of good-quality hot and cold food plus snacks catered by the Spa plus soft drinks for drivers”, Stewart said.

The festival will incorporate Yorkshire Beard Day, described as “a follically fun, family friendly, fundraising event”, raising money for prostate-cancer awareness. It will culminate in competitions on the Saturday afternoon.

British Beard Club member and event organiser Anthony Springall says: “2019 is the eighth year of celebrating Yorkshire Beard Day and the British Beard Club’s 10th anniversary year, so what better way to celebrate facial hair in all its variety, glory and wonder than in the company of the finest beers Yorkshire has to offer?”

The Rotary Club of Scarborough Cavaliers will raise money for the Rainbow Centre by running a tombola and games stall.

The festival will feature live music on Friday and Saturday evenings, with Thursday designated a quiet night. Accompanied children will be welcome until 8pm.

Entrance will cost £5, including a glass which can be exchanged at the end of the evening.

A minibus shuttle service will operate between the station and the Spa from the opening time until the last train out of town.

* Advertisers and sponsors who would like to support the festival should email Stewart on stewartcampbell2003@yahoo.co.uk.