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After a 2-year delay, the 15th Friends of Cheltenham Samaritans Beer & Cider Festival was finally held on Saturday 11th June. Thanks to some amazing weather, the festival proved to be a huge success with over 500 people drinking more than 2000 pints of beer and cider and most importantly raising just over £8,500 for the important work of the local Samaritans Branch.

Chairman of the Friends Leigh Norwood said, “Interest in craft beers has been coming to a peak over the last few years, and the sheer variety of styles and tastes available meant there was something for everyone”.

The event featured a fantastic collection of craft beers, including a number from local breweries in and around Cheltenham, including Deya, Ashton, Cotswold Lion, Goffs and Werkstatbier as well as many beers from Bristol and further afield. Nearly every beer and cider was sponsored by local people or businesses, helping to maximise the profits for charity.

Throughout the day a host of local musicians and performers kept people entertained in the music marquee and local food trucks helped people soak up the beer.

Cllr Steve Harvey, Mayor of Cheltenham 2021-22 and Charlton Park Ward Councillor CBC said, “After a two year hiatus due to Covid, I was very pleased to see the return of the Friends of Cheltenham Samaritans Craft Beer and Cider Festival at the Old Patesians Rugby Club, and very happy to Sponsor a barrel. Not only is the event in my Ward but the FofSams were my Mayors Charity 2021-22. The weather was kind and a sell-out saw many families enjoy a day in the glorious sunshine. I look forward to their next beer festival in November”.

If you would like to help by offering sponsorship at our events or would like to support us as a volunteer please contact

Look out for our next event:  Friends of the Cheltenham Samaritans International Craft Beer Festival at Pip & Jim’s (St James & St Phillips Church) on the 18th and 19th November. For more details and tickets please visit Cheltenham International Craft Beer Festival at Pip & Jim’s Tickets, Multiple Dates | Eventbrite


Appeal for Sponsors for The 15th Cheltenham Craft Beer and Cider Festival

SATURDAY, JUNE 11, 2022 AT 12:00 – 11:00pm

After a Covid inflicted, two-year gap, the countdown is on for the long-awaited return of the Friends of the Cheltenham Samaritans Craft Beer and Cider Festival held at The Old Pats Club, 52 Everest Road, Cheltenham, GL53 9LG (between Charlton Kings and Leckhampton). A wonderful family and dog friendly Beer and Cider Festival, featuring an incredible selection of craft beers and ciders, a host of artists on stage in our music marquee and a range of street food vendors. This is a volunteer run event and the search is now on to find sponsors to help us make the even more successful.

Sponsors play an important part in maximising the amount we ultimately raise at this event for such a good cause in the local community. If you can help by offering sponsorship, please contact

For as little as £50 you can sponsor a barrel. In return for this level of support, we offer sponsors 2 free tickets to the event. Additionally, your name/company business name will appear in the programme and any provided company logo will appear on the sponsored beer’s prominent signage in the bar. Sponsors are welcome to sponsor multiple barrels, and there are also other sponsorship opportunities available if you wish to offer more support. Please contact us for details.

By sponsoring the festival, you are helping to keep an essential local service running.

Tickets for the event are available at: The 15th Cheltenham Craft Beer and Cider Festival Tickets, Sat, Jun 11, 2022 at 12:00 PM | Eventbrite



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