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BOTTOM’S UP! Annual Hemel community festival to return with beer, food and music

 Published on: 5th July 2024   |   By: Panayiota Demosthenous   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Hemel Old Town Beer Festival is set to return this month for another weekend of beer, special guests, live entertainment and street food.

The Mid-Chilterns branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced the return of the festival from July 19 to 21, in partnership with St Mary’s Church.

Thanks to the Hemel Old Town Market, punters can enjoy local musicians and a variety of tasty dishes on the grassy verges of St Mary’s, as well as 30 different beers. This year also features the event’s first family day, with free entry for under-18s. Proceeds from the festival will be split between the two not-for-profit organisers, CAMRA and St Mary’s.

Jared Ward, chairman for Mid-Chilterns CAMRA and Beer Festival organiser, said: “We’re so thrilled to see Hemel Old Town Beer Festival back for another year. We cannot wait to share a pint or three with the local community.

“As a not-for-profit event, our main goals are to champion quality beer and the historic Old Town of Hemel Hempstead, protecting public houses, and protecting the church and its beneficiary charities.”

Reverend John Williams of St Mary’s Church said: “Last year’s inaugural event was sensational; it was great to see hundreds of local people enjoying themselves in the grounds of St Mary’s. The Grade I church, Hemel’s oldest building, has been welcoming visitors since 1140.”

Tickets for the Hemel Old Town Beer Festival are on sale now, starting from £5. For bookings and more information, visit hemeloldtownbeerfestival.co.uk

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