THOSE who are fond of a beer or two will welcome the most recent addition of a pre-festival ‘Ale Trail’ to this year’s Newbury Real Ale Festival.
Taking in 12 pubs in the Newbury and Thatcham area, the Ale Trail allows pub-goers the chance to sample some of the available real ales and ciders, while getting a stamp on their Trail card.
This then allows them to claim two free drink tokens at the Real Ale Festival upon production of a completed card.
David Whittingham, who has been on the organising committee for the last seven years, said the Ale Trail was a way to get more people involved in an event that is continuing to grow.
He said: “The festival has just grown from strength to strength and we wanted to offer something different this year.
“We approached some of the pubs around Newbury and Thatcham and suggested it, and Enterprise Inns, who own a few of the pubs around the town, thought it was a great idea.
“Some of the pubs are quite new and it gives people the chance to get involved and see what they have to offer.”
The trail starts at the Catherine Wheel in Cheap Street, Newbury, where the cards can be collected, and will run until September 11 with the festival taking place on September 12.
Now in its 12th year, organisers are hoping that this year’s festival will be the biggest yet with 160 ales on offer as well as more ciders, wines and soft drinks than ever before.
Newbury’s 2015 Real Ale Festival takes place on Saturday, September 12, at Northcroft playing fields. Entry costs £10, which includes a free glass and three drink tokens
The festival will once again be raising funds for Naomi House and Jack’s Place.
For more information, visit www.newburyrealale.co.uk