Drink beer and support hospice!

Hops for the Hospice. South Kirkby beer festival 2011 to raise money for the Prince of Wales hospice.'L to R) Community fundraiser Becky Thorpe, Events co-ordinator Helen Riley and fundraising manager Ishbel Saward.'h6615a141
Hops for the Hospice. South Kirkby beer festival 2011 to raise money for the Prince of Wales hospice.'L to R) Community fundraiser Becky Thorpe, Events co-ordinator Helen Riley and fundraising manager Ishbel Saward.'h6615a141
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FANS of real ale are in for a treat when South Kirkby’s first beer festival takes place this weekend.

Tickets are still available for the Hops for the Hospice, which will take place at The Grove, Stockingate, on Saturday and Sunday.

The event is aiming to raise around £5,000 funds for the Prince of Wales Hospice, which provides specialist, palliative care for people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses in the Express area.

Opening time is at 2pm on Friday and noon on Saturday with doors closing at 11pm on both nights.

A total of 26 ales will be available, including The Hospice Hop, a beer especially created for the event by the James Kirkman Brewery.

Other ales available include Stairway to Heaven from Burton Bridge Brewery in Staffordshire, Pheasant Plucker from Fuzzy Duck Brewery in Lancashire, Trade Winds from Cairngorm Brewery in Cairngorm and Octoberfest from Beartown Brewery in Congleton.

A couple of ciders, perries and soft drinks will also be on offer.

Festival goers will be kept entertained from 7.30pm each evening with a number of bands set to perform.

Alice at Last, The Jacobs Creek Brand and Atlanta will perform on Friday and Cor Amor, and 2 Wrecks will amuse the crowds on Saturday.

The Grove will also be offering a range of Bavarian food at lunchtime and during the evenings.

Event fundraiser Helen Riley said: “We urge people to attend Hops for the Hospice and show your support by supping real ale, in turn raising funds for The Prince of Wales Hospice.

“I don’t think fundraising gets any more enjoyable.”

Tickets are available for £7, or £6 for CAMRA members, and the price includes a free half and a commemorative festival glass.

Visit www.pwh.org.uk/events for a full list of beers on offer and the programme of entertainment.