Running Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th April, it's time to raise a glass to a proper pint!
The Hull and East Yorkshire branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) present the much-anticipated Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival. What has always been a popular event became a sell-out success when it moved its location to the beautiful surroundings of Holy Trinity, the 700-year-old parish church that is the largest in England and filled with centuries of local history and national heritage, religious records and tales of individual lives.
You'll be in good company
Thousands of people head down to this three-day event each year. From ale enthusiasts and home brewers, to those who just fancy trying a little tipple, the Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival is perfect for everyone aged 18 and above. If you donâ€™t drink alcohol you can still enjoy the friendly and relaxed atmosphere, take in the outstanding surroundings and grab something to eat from one of the stalls.
A huge range of choices
The event is busier each year than it was the last, yet still they tend to run out of beer toward the end of each evening! In response to this success, the organisers up the amount of ales they bring down, with this year seeing a 15% increase on 2014. Presenting 150 casks of real ale, as well as ciders, speciality ales and stouts, we're sure you'll find a few delicious creations to wet your whistle.
Grab some tokens and a glass
To help with security and speed of service, upon entering you pay for a plastic glass and as many or as few tokens as you wish. Many people stick to half pints and drinks slowly, savouring the many tastes. Some of the stronger ales and ciders come with an additional charge, but it's never more than 50p. Check out the price list, and even if you run out of change you can still enjoy dozens of local labels by exchanging tokens.
An easy way to donate
If you have tokens left at the end of the night, you can return them for a cash refund. If you fancy making a donation, drop them into the festival charity bucket instead, which will be donated to the church. Holy Trinity is a place for the entire community, welcoming people from all faiths and backgrounds, playing host to events as diverse as Hull Fashion Week and Trinity Festival, and working with everyone from schoolchildren to the homeless.
Three cheers for this annual event!
Holy Trinity is the place where William Wilberforce was baptised and contains some of the finest medieval brickwork in the country. Every inch of the building is a sight to behold, and yet it's also an incredibly inviting space, thanks especially to its warm and fun-loving team who will make you feel right at home.
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Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival
Thursday 16th - Saturday 18th April
Holy Trinity Church, 10 King Street, Hull, HU1 2JJ
Thursday and Friday: 12noon - 11pm
Saturday: 12noon - 8pm