Gannin’ Along the Scotswood Road…to the Blaydon Beer Festival

What better way to kick off a balmy August weekend than with a beverage or two?

For those with a love and appreciation of the pint – or those simply looking to have a good time – Blaydon is the place to be. Getting underway at 4pm on Friday afternoon, the Blaydon Beer Festival allows ale aficionados to sample over fifty unique and refreshing beers and ciders, all produced at local breweries, such as Firebrick, Mordue and Wylam . It’s a perfect opportunity to get a taste of what the north has to offer.

Despite the name, the Festival, held at Blaydon Rugby Club, is about much more than the brown stuff; it also prides itself on bringing the community together for a good knees up. Those in attendance can expect a warm atmosphere to match the summer climate, with live music from American Girl, Maverick Rejects and Special Brew getting people tapping their toes whilst supping their pints.

Wines and cocktails are also available from the lounge in the main tent, and there are plenty of activities for the younger members of the family, with a bouncy castle, videogaming, magic shows and balloon Modelling sure to keep the kids entertained. There’s also a tombola, nail painting and tattoo stations and a craft table at the event, provided by volunteers for FACT, a cancer support charity in the Blaydon/Whickham area.

Wade Financial are proud to be sponsors of the Blaydon Beer Festival 2014. Ian Little, a planner at the Chartered financial services company, is very much looking forward to what should be a cracking weekend. “We are all thrilled to be sponsoring the Blaydon Beer Festival, an event with so much social capital, and an organisation committed to helping charities like FACT continue their stellar work. We always look for ways to support the community – and it’s a real bonus when beer is involved!”

The Festival runs from Friday afternoon until 10pm on Sunday evening. On Friday or Saturday, entry is £10 on the door, but can be purchased for just £8 online from the website. Punters can get in at half price on the final day, with entry costing a paltry five pounds – ideal for those who want to whet their whistle after the Newcastle United match. Weekend passes can also be ordered online (£18) or be bought on the door (£20). All kids go free, and early bird adults arriving between 1pm and 3pm will receive a free drink ticket worth £1.50.

For more information or to buy discounted tickets online, visit their website here.

Get out of the office, get the work shoes off and get along to the Blaydon Beer Festival this weekend. Like the brew, it’s sure to go down well.