It seems September is the ideal time to sample and savour some of England and Wales’ best beers and ciders. Head to any one of these festivals to see out your summer in style.
Faversham Hop Festival
2nd and 3rd September
Stay: YHA Canterbury
It’s a beer festival, a Morris dancing festival, a folk festival, a fair and a food festival all rolled into one. The Faversham Hop Festival began as a celebration of the hop harvest back in the days when thousands of Londoners went to Kent for a working holiday. Today it’s a much bigger affair and even has its own fringe! Don’t miss this free-to-attend funfest. It’s a little over ten miles from YHA Canterbury to Faversham but, crucially, you can get there pretty easily on public transport.
Little Orchard Cider and Music Festival
8th to 10th September
Stay: YHA Perranporth
Enjoy a slice of the good life on Healey’s Cider Farm, just a few miles from Perranporth. This celebration of cider and music boasts a huge range of tipples and a great line up of musicians; expect to have your taste buds tickled and your toes set tapping. Other festival highlights include hot tubs, feast evenings and cider walks.
Bristol Craft Beer Festival
Motion Skate Park
15th to 17th September
Stay: YHA Bristol
Back for a second year, the Bristol Beer Festival brings together the south west’s most creative and talented independent breweries to pour alongside the very best from the rest of the country, Europe and the US. Buy a £38 ticket to get five hours of unlimited small pours. There are no tokens to fumble about with at the bar. All-in tickets make it simple; if you want to try a beer just ask. Tap on, tap off, toast! It’s a great atmosphere with plenty of music acts, artists and artisanal food producers.
York Beer and Cider Festival
20th to 23rd September
Stay: YHA York
The North’s largest outdoor festival promises over 450 real ales, more than 100 ciders, and an international beer bar. There’s almost too much to choose from! Once you’ve sampled and selected, take a seat in Yorkshire’s largest beer garden to sup in the sunshine. Pace yourself and partake in the impressive street food offering. Plus, there’ll be plenty of live music and entertainment to enjoy.
Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival
The Depot, Dumballs Road, Cardiff
21st to 23rd September
Stay: YHA Cardiff Central
Welsh brewing has experienced a significant growth spurt in recent years, with a mushrooming of independents producing full-bodied flavours from locally-sourced ingredients. Come and choose from over 140 Welsh beers, plus a select few from London. And if cider’s your thing, there’ll be 60 palate-pleasers from Wales and the south east. As for eats, a variety of artisan street food stalls will cater for all tastes.