Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival 2017

The 2017 Great Yarmouth Beer and Cider Festival comes to St Georges Theatre in May for a celebration of real ale, ciders and live music. With a choice of over 50 real ales and ciders the 11th annual Great Yarmouth Beer & Cider Festival promises something for everyone when it opens for its first session at 5pm on Thursday 18th May.  

All the beers and ciders are selected by joint festival organiser and Beer ‘Sommelier’ Day Harvey, who will be on hand during the festival to discuss the selections. This year the theme is very much about local producers with all of the ales coming from Norfolk and Suffolk breweries. When the Festival opens on Thursday there will be 40 beers available from the regions top brewers including Adnams, Woodfordes, Wolf, Panther, Earl Soham, Tombstone, Green Jack, St. Peters, Cliff Quay and All Day Brewing as well and a choice of ales from Great Yarmouth’s own Lacons and Tombstone breweries. Cider drinkers will have plenty of choice too with a range of traditional, vintage and fruity variants from a range of local suppliers.

The festival will be open for a number of lunch and evening sessions starting with the opening on Thursday 18th May at 5pm, followed by lunch time (11.00am to 3.00pm) and evening (5.00pm to 11.00pm) sessions on both Friday 19th and Saturday 20th, finishing with a lunch time ‘mop up’ session (11.00am to 3.00pm) on Sunday 21st May. Entry on the door is available for all sessions.

There will be plenty of live music during this years Festival, making use of the excellent acoustics, stage and sound facilities provided by the Theatre. Whilst the Thursday evening session will be live music free, Friday lunchtime sees 'Travel Back' perform hits from the 50's, 60's & 70's and on Friday night the tempo increases as ‘Mammal not Fish’ bring their unique blend of indie rock, funk and reggae to the festival stage. The four piece band from Norwich will be supported by performances from Christy Bullen, a singer from Lowestoft with a strong resemblance to Ed Sheeran, and Chris Pidgeon, a talented acoustic singer-songwriter from Norwich, earlier in the evening. For the Saturday lunchtime session popular local acoustic duo ‘Tiny Giants’ follow Great Yarmouth based vocalist/guitarist Ella Bruce whilst later in the day the evening session is kicked off by Tom Elgie, a soloist and sometimes Michael Buble tribute act, followed by festival regular Kolin Durier with his funky upbeat groove and ‘The Misfit Collective’ headlining the Saturday night session with their own ‘skifflegrass’ sound – a seamless mix of bluegrass, skiffle, rock, pop and 80’s electro pop all “schmoothed” together in an irresistible combo of melody and rhythm.

There will also be food and snacks available in the pavilion building next door along with a selection of alternative refreshments and, weather permitting, tables and chairs for festival goers to enjoy their food and beer outside.

Entry to the Festival is £3 for lunchtime sessions (£2 on Sunday) and the Thursday evening session, then £5 for the Friday and Saturday evening sessions. Entry is available on the door for all sessions.


Use any of the Great Yarmouth Borough Council town centre car parks and spend £10 or more in one transaction at participating retailers to get the equivalent cost of 1 hours parking discounted off your purchase*

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