Hooky festival packs a punch

Thousands of people enjoyed a variety of different ales and ciders at Hook Norton’s Festival of Real Ales on Saturday.

The popular event is now in its 21st year and has raised funds for various local and national charities, including Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research.

Hook Norton brewery's James Clarke. NNL-140719-204959009

Hook Norton brewery's James Clarke. NNL-140719-204959009

Those who attended had plenty of fun despite the uncertain weather, although the rain clouds stayed away for a large part of the day.

Visitors sampled 136 tipples on offer including ciders, ales and Pimm’s and samples from Hook Norton Brewery.

Gill Begnor, one of the festival organisers, said: “The weather was actually better than we were expecting and we still had 2,000 people come on the day, which was really good.

“It seems to be getting more and more popular each year. The usual selection of excellent music and the ever-popular hog roast helped to create the atmosphere which brings back an increasing number of visitors from as far afield as Argentina and New Zealand!”

It is believed about 8,000 pints of ale were consumed on the day.

The total amount of money raised for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research since the festival’s inception is now close to £250,000.