25th CAMRA Festival will be real beer treat

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BEERS are being mashed for the 25th Wigan CAMRA Beer Festival at Robin Park Sports Centre.

Now one of the largest celebrations of real ale and cider in the country, the event runs from Thursday March 1 to Saturday March 3 and will be boosted this year by a free shuttle bus service from Dorning Street’s multi award winning The Anvil pub in Wigan town centre.

There is a full programme of entertainment and live music. It includes (Thursday March 1) Billy and The Tempramentals.

Friday March 2, Lazy River Jazz Band; Saturday March 3 at 13.00 - Old Hall Brass Band; Saturday March 3 at 17.00 - Rip Roaring Success ; Saturday March 3 at 20.00 - The Witnesses.

CAMRA members can enjoy free entrance to all sessions and admission prices - which include glass hire and a programme - have been held at the same price as 2011.

Opening times: Thursday March 1 17:30 to 23:00 price £2; Friday March 2 12:00 to 18:00 price £1; Friday March 2 18:00 to 23:00 price £3; Saturday March 3 11:30 to 23:00 price £2.

Organisers are promising more than 80 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers along with games and tombola.

But they know that they will have to go some to eclipse last year’s record breaking event which doubled its takings.

Nearly 4,500 people walked through the doors during the three day event and supped 13,500 pints of real ale plus 2,500 pints of cider and perries were gulped down.