Debut beer festival pulls in the crowds at Arena UK in Allington

Grantham Beer Festival. 385D
Grantham Beer Festival. 385D
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The Grantham Beer Festival at Arena UK in Allington will be back next year following the success of the inaugural event at the weekend.

Organiser Lloyd McAuliffe said a numbers of improvements would make next year’s event even better.

“Everything went fantastic, we had a brilliant response,” he said. “But with all these things, when you put on an event for the first time, you come up with issues. We got round them, but all the feedback will be taken on board.

“We will definitely do it again next year and it will be bigger and much better.”

Around 1400 people were at the event on Saturday, but Sunday only attracted a few hundred.

“We ran out of beer a couple of times and had to go around supermarkets to top-up, but we will put that right next time - there will be a much wider range of beers and other drinks available,” said Mr McAuliffe.

“Lots of people have congratulated us on putting an event for Grantham and making it reasonably priced and accessible - the bus from the town centre was over-subscribed. We want to continue that by keeping prices as low as possible. We don’t want price to be an issue for people.”

He said the event would open longer hours on both days next year, have a bigger marquee, two bars, more portable toilets and a better outdoor stage area.

Tickets were £5 per day or £8 for the weekend and the hourly buses cost £1 each way.

As well as beer, a huge attraction for many was the line-up of bands , including The Arcadians, Southwellz, The Protoneers and The System, who provided outdoor live entertainment all day, except during a spell of rain.

There was other entertainment as well, including antique fair rides, bouncy castles, sumo rings and a hog roast and other food.

Arena UK also hosted a huge equestrian event on site.