The 18th Wedmore Real Ale Festival

What an epic Wedmore Real Ale Festival! During the weekend, over 5,000 pints and 169 bottles of wine and prosecco were drunk, Friday was our most successful Friday yet and Saturday and Sunday were not far behind our record-breaking Saturday and Sunday years. We hope this leads to us being able to match or go beyond last year’s amazing total of £17,500 donated to local worthy causes.

There was a great music line-up again this year with Paul Dockerty starting proceedings early Friday evening, whilst local band Kindred, nailed the Friday night headline slot to a home crowd. Saturday’s music started from lunchtime, with hours of live local music performed in front of a strong crowd of festival-goers. Bad Edukation rocked out to bring our Saturday night’s live music to an end. DJ Enhance finished the musical line-up for both evenings with a great collection of popular hits to get the dance floor pumping.

This year’s Sunday raffle made over £1,600 with the top prize being a trolley of 100 bottles of beer donated by Dawkins Brewery. The auction alone made over £4,699 which includes a record and whopping £1,550 raised for the festival’s finale, the ‘Beer Bucket Challenge’. This saw the following local participants getting doused in a lovely blend of dark and light ale by those who clearly cared:


Rich Macarthur

Garry Stimpson

Bill Sutton

Chris McKinley

Jason Collins

Will Plummer

Ewart Jackson-Voyzey

Sarah Maddock

Sam Brown

Clare Bean

Kerry Wilcox

Rachael Bewick

Many thanks to all of our brilliant sponsors, prize donators and volunteers for their continued support and for working hard to help us make the 2018 festival the best yet!

Applications for funding from this year’s festival closes on the 19th September 2018. The presentation night will be held at The New Inn in Wedmore on Saturday 13th October.

Dates for your diaries: next year’s festival will be running from 20th – 22nd September 2019. We will keep you posted on its developments via our Facebook page @wedmorerealalefestival, or follow us on twitter @WedmoreRealAle 


2018 Festival Information:

14th September 2018 19:00 - Midnight
15th September 2018 11:00 - Midnight
16th September 2018 11:00 - 16:00

Wedmore Village Hall, Somerset, BS28 4EQ

A £5 entrance charge applies on Friday night from 19:00 and Saturday night from 18:00. Tickets can only be purchased on the door and are not available in advance. On Friday and Saturday we operate a token bar. Tokens are to be purchased on the door. Sunday is a cash bar, but we will of course accept any tokens purchased on previous days.

No Under 18's after 19:00

There will be 80+ hand selected real ales, ciders, wines and soft drinks on offer. 

There will be a range of hot food and snacks available throughout the festival including bacon sandwiches available from 11:00 on Saturday and Sunday morning and a Hog Roast on Friday and Saturday night.

2018 Entertainment:

Our 2018 entertainment lineup was:

Friday Night: Paul Dockerty & Kindred

Saturday Afternoon: Live local music from 12 -7pm

Saturday Night: Bad Edukation

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