2018 Festival Review

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.

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, our wonderful volunteers and all those that attended, drank, bid, danced, raffled, ate and made merry at the 18th Wedmore Real Ale Festival, we’re delighted to announce that this year’s festival was our most successful festival yet and generated a whopping £18,150 for 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:

Participants

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!

Representatives from no less than 11 local beneficiaries gathered at our annual presentation night on Saturday 13th October held at The New Inn in Wedmore and picked up cheques ranging from £300 to £10,000, that will in turn provide welcome assistance to a wide and varied cross section of our community.

The concept of the WRAF from its infancy to the present day has always been about promoting and championing real ale. It’s a fantastic coincidence for one and all that in doing so we’ve raised and donated £186,221.00 in the last 18 years to the local worthy causes.

The Wedmore Real Ale Festival Committee is delighted to announce that this year’s festival beneficiaries were:

IOW Remembers WW1 £300.00
Friends of St Mary’s Church £350.00
Wedmore in Bloom £450.00
Wedmore Tuesday Club £500.00
Brainwave £1,000.00
Children’s Hospice South West £1,000.00
Somewhere House Somerset £1,000.00
Blackford Village Hall £1,000.00
Wedmore Scout Group £1,050.00
Wedmore and Axbridge Community Health Fund £1,500.00
Wedmore Playing Fields Management Committee £10,000.00
Total £18,150.00

 

Cheques were issued to all the successful beneficiaries, followed by food, drink and conversation.

A big thank you to The New Inn for their continued support, hosting and hospitality this year, it is very much appreciated

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