Raise a glass to the Eastbourne Beer and Cider Festival

Festival fun last year. Photo by Steve St Claire

Festival fun last year. Photo by Steve St Claire

  • Range of local ciders and real ales available including many brewed locally at Sussex
  • Closing the festival on Sunday May 24 will be the Dirty Martini Swing Band
  • This year the stage and bars will be fully undercover in large marquees
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Beer and cider enthusiasts can enjoy a mouth-watering bank holiday weekend in Eastbourne this May.

The three-day Beer and Cider by the Sea festival on the Western Lawns will take place from May 22-24 and is set to be bigger and better in its third year.

With even more tickets available this year, the festival will have a new Sunday evening event for the first time, with the fun finishing at 9pm on Sunday May 24.

Festival-goers can choose from a range of local ciders and real ales including many brewed locally at Sussex based Long Man and Beachy Head Breweries.

With entertainment across the weekend to accompany the real ale tasting, the festival has already confirmed two live bands. Wakin’ Snakes, a lively American and Cajun band, will kick off the festival on Friday May 22 with a dynamic performance to entertain beer and cider lovers.

Closing the festival on Sunday May 24, the Dirty Martini Swing Band, will deliver an elective mix of quality music, from genres including jazz, swing, soul and R’n’B.

This year the stage and bars will be fully undercover in large marquees, ensuring that the festival will commence come rain or shine, 
as the three day seaside festival takes place on Eastbourne’s sea facing Western Lawns.

An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson said, “The Beer and Cider by the Sea festival is a great weekend, which warms up a packed events season in Eastbourne, and we’re excited to be offering even more tickets to this year’s festival.”

Tickets can now be purchased for all sessions from Eastbourne Theatres Box Office.

Festival sessions run between 5.30 and 10.30 pm on May 22 at £7 per person; 10.30am and 3.30pm at £6 per person and 5.30 and 10.30pm at £7 per person on May 23; and all day from 11am and 9pm on May 24, for £6 or just £4 after 4pm. See www.visiteastbourne.com/beerandcider

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