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Worcester Beer Festival, 2010

Posted on 15. Aug, 2010 by in Beer Festivals

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Worcester Beer Festival, 2010

The 11th Annual Worcester Beer Festival took place at Worcester racecourse on the weekend of August 12th-14th, 2010.

Approximately 11,000 ale, cider and perry fans passed through the gates on during the 3 day event with 5,500 visiting on the rainy Friday. The numbers were the same as last year but they must have been very thirsty as by the Saturday most of the beer had gone. I was one of the first through the gates on Saturday and well over half of the beers had gone. I don’t recall so many beers being unavailable last year.

Worcester Beer Festival, 2010

Due to the rain on the Friday night and some very heavy showers on the Saturday afternoon, the inside of the tent had become extremely muddy. This didn’t put people off and quite a few people had come prepared by wearing wellies.

The festival is popular and with plenty of seating inside the main marquee there is a good atmosphere. If it’s not raining there is room outside to sit and for the first time, the music is now held in a separate marquee.

As with other years, a lot of people like to attend in fancy dress and the standard was really high. The Welsh matadors were there for the third year running and Robin Hood and his merry men wore some excellent costumes.

Due to the shortage of beer I’m not sure if I will attend the festival next year. The festival is a 2 hour train ride and whilst you expect some of the beers to have gone by the Saturday, it’s disappointing when over half of them have gone. That said, Worcester does have a few great pubs such as The Cardinal’s Hat and The Plough.

Venue Location

Worcester Racecourse

Grand Stand Road



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Beer Taster, Pub Attendee, Photo Taker

Robert Gale likes beer, pubs and beer festivals. He also likes to take photos of beer, pubs and beer festivals. Most weekends of the year you can find him travelling around the UK (and sometimes beyond) photographing and reviewing good quality pubs and beer festivals. He also has a day job in the form of a web developer for Ozum.

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3 Responses to “Worcester Beer Festival, 2010”

  1. Guest 18 August 2010 at 5:42 pm #

    FWIW most of the beers were on at the start of Saturday, with the bars surviving far better than they did last year at all times. Unfortunately the layout of the site means that one end of the bar gets hammered much more than the other end.

    There were still over 70 beers (plus for once a reasonable range of cider and perry) at the end of the festival.

    • travelswithbeer 18 August 2010 at 6:53 pm #

      I arrived at 11am and not long after a tannoy message said that there were around 50 beers available. Dont recall so many being unavailable at the start of the Saturday session last year.

  2. Guest 19 August 2010 at 7:35 pm #

    Not sure what the tannoy message would have been, but it was not to say there were around 50 beers left. The bars survived better than they did last year.

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