Other local beer festivals, Pub events etc
Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October 2011
Falmouth Beer Festival organised by the Cornwall branch of CAMRA runs Friday 21 and Saturday 22 October 2011. As ever, it will be held in the Princess Pavilion on Melvill Road (near to Falmouth Town railway station), and have no fewer than 200 different ales plus lots of ciders and perries - the biggest ever! In view of expected numbers attending this popular festival, a marquee will house the ciders and cope with the overflow. Regulars will notice some significant changes with the arrangements due to the recent refurbishment works at the Pavilion, but these should not interfere with the main business of the Festival - enjoyment of the beers!
Some 200 different ales from all over the country will be available for drinkers to try, as well as a number of ciders and perries and a ginger beer or two. There will be a sizeable representation from Cornwall's breweries, with a good selection of 'locales' on the popular Cornish Beer Bar. Hot and cold food will also be available. To help festival-goers get around the driving problem, we also give below a guide to Falmouth's good system of Public Transport - trains, buses and even boats!
Entertainment of the 'live' variety will again be provided on the Friday evening and during most of Saturday - details being finalised, but the provisional programme is listed here (see right).
The entry fee is the same as before at £3.50 including a glass and programme, but free the next day for anyone returning with a current festival glass. Card-carrying CAMRA members get in free, plus £2.00 - the price of the glass. Also this year there will be some pint and half-pint tankards available for a small upgrade fee - limited numbers, so get in early!
A competition will be held on the Thursday to find the Champion Beer of the Festival, selected by panels of invited but independent tasters. There will also be awards for 'best in class' beers, basically divided among light bitters, premium bitters, strong ales, and dark beers.
Entry to the Festival
Opening Times: 1100-2300 Friday
& Saturday. No admission after 22.30
Admission: £3.50 (£2.00 to CAMRA members) including the limited-edition souvenir glass - yours to keep
Additional festival pint glasses (oversized, lined): £2.00 each
Free entry to all who bring a current festival glass on subsequent days.
A limited number of festival tankards will also be available - upgrade for an extra pound (pint) or buy outright at £3.00 (£2.00 half pint)
This is a LIMITED edition of special souvenir glasses produced for the Falmouth 2011 festival - first come, first served.
It's not possible to give details of all the actual beers (things change up to delivery day!), but being able to display 180 or so at a time, we intend mainly to try to provide something a little different from the ones normally available in the pubs. We want to ensure the local brewers are well represented, and we hope they may have something suitably seasonal to offer. We plan to have milds, stouts and porters representing the dark end of the beer spectrum, session bitters, best bitters and strong ales, as well as several real ciders and a perry or two. Please note that, for reasons of space, we won't n3ecessarily be able to have all of the beers on from the start - the last 20 or so will go up as the earlier ones run out and give us some slots to put them in.
20.00-2300 Jumping Out
13.00-14.00 Belfast Busker
14.30-15.30 Belfast Busker
There will also be some pub games, including the popular and compulsive Shuffleboard.
Public transport to Falmouth is either by rail - First Great Western Trains operate the branch line service from Truro to Falmouth Town station, which is almost adjacent to the Pavilion - or bus. First Western National operate a number of services to Falmouth from Penzance, Helston, Camborne, Redruth and Truro, and Western Greyhound have a service, number 500, to the Flushing/Mylor Bridge area in the daytime. Most buses arrive at/leave from The Moor in the centre of Falmouth. However, the 41 service (Camborne-Falmouth) continues beyond to the Pavilion, saving a walk or taxi fare. And if you're a real public transport freak there is also another option, Ferries from Flushing or St Mawes to Falmouth's Prince of Wales Pier, in the town centre!
First Great Western Trains
National Rail enquiries: 08457 484950
|`The schedule of First Great Western trains on the Falmouth branch line is easily obtained via the various journey planners available on line. One of the best is on the National Rail website (see left), where you can check trains and connecting services with the Falmouth branch for both directions of your journey. There is a half-hourly service most of the day, easing to hourly in the evenings. Last train back to Truro leaves Falmouth Town (5min walk away) at 22.38 Fri, 22.36 Sat.|
FIRST WESTERN NATIONAL Bus Services
First Western National run a number of bus services from outlying towns and villages on weekdays. The principal ones are:
|Route Number||From||Via||Last return time from The Moor|
|2||PENZANCE||Helston, Longdowns, Tremough||1920|
|35||HELSTON||Gweek, Mawnan Smith, Helford Passage||1750|
|41||CAMBORNE||Redruth, Lanner, Tremough||2245|
|68||TREMOUGH||Local service via Mabe, Penryn||1750 (or 2345, 0030 service 41 to Tremough only)|
|88/88B/588||TRURO||Perranwell, Tremough||2310 (588 via Perranwell)|
Note: Onward connections from/to Newquay may be found by changing buses in Truro, to a Western Greyhound service (586/587). Check with the Traveline on 0871 200 2233
Flushing - Falmouth
Ferries depart Flushing at HH+00min until 1700 returning from Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier at HH+15 until 1715, then 1745. Crossings take about 3 minutes. Please confirm times with the operator on 07974 799773 or see www.flushingferry.co.uk
St. Mawes - Falmouth (Prince of Wales Pier)
Ferries depart St. Mawes at 30min past each hour until 1630. Ferries return from Falmouth Prince of Wales Pier on the hour until 1700. Please confirm times with the operator on 07855 438674 or see www.kingharryscornwall.co.uk
See you there.
CAMRA Beer Festivals
|Fri-Sat||21-22 Oct 2011||Princess Pavilion, Falmouth||CAMRA Kernow Beer Festival: 200+ beers and ciders|
Beer Festivals at Pubs
|Fri-Sun||30 Sep- 2 Oct 11||Old Mill House Inn, Polperro||
Beer festival - about 30 real ales. Live music eves. Entry £3.00 including commemorative glass and programme.
Start 18:00 Friday, Open all day Saturday and Sunday until 23:00.
|Fri-Mon||28-31 Oct 11||Bolingey Inn, Bolingey||Beer festival - 14 or so real ales and ciders, plus local bangers and mash and Cornish cheeses. Live music, and a 'sausage gobbling competition" on the evening of Monday 31 October.|
Independent (non-pub) Beer Festivals
|Sat||26 Nov 11||St Austell Brewery||Celtic Beer Festival 11.00-23.00|
(All events subject to confirmation and licence)
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