Beerfest in Willingham - 29th June to 2nd July


When Willingham residents stroll down Church Street at the end of June this year they will notice

something completely new to arouse their senses. First they will see that a marquee has

miraculously appeared in the Social Club car park. Then they will hear the pleasant sounds of

summer music wafting on the breeze. Finally they will scent the sweet aroma of malt, hops and

barley in the air. Yes, it’s the Willingham Beer Festival Thursday 29 June to 1 July.

The Beer Festival is the fruit of an admirable collaboration between various groups in the village. The

Social Club is providing the venue, wine, soft drinks and food. The Jam Club is providing the music

from the pool of local talent that has graced many a village event. Willingham Action Group is

providing the administrative support and the volunteers. Three primary sponsors - Hockey's Estate

Agents, Uttridge Accounting Ltd and the Fen Edge Community Association - and local businesses are

providing sponsorship for the whole event. And lastly, but not inconsequentially, the Bank Micro pub

is providing the beer, supported by the Jolly Good Beer Company (who are running the social media

advertising and artwork for the glasses, banners and posters).

It has been heart-warming to see the enthusiasm of all the parties involved to make this a special

village success story, with the added drive of channeling the Willingham Action Group proceeds from

the event into disabled facilities at the Social Club. And with food, wine, soft drinks and of

course music also available at the venue, it will be a real family event.

Willingham’s very own festival beer

In honour of the event, one of the brewers (Three Blind Mice of Little Downham) has agreed to

create a unique ale specially for the Festival and there’s an opportunity for the Willingham

community to get even more involved in the event by naming the new beer.

Name that beer

The beer will be a pale ale, about 4% ABV, infused with Willingham elderflowers. Send your

suggestions for the name by visiting the website. A shortlist will be sent to the brewers for them to

choose the final name. The name of our new Festival brew will be unveiled on the first night of the


Opportunity to sponsor a barrel

There’s still time for you to sponsor a barrel of beer at the Festival. For £50, your name or the name

of your business can be displayed on one of the 25 barrels of beer and cider on offer for the duration

of the Festival. Contact Paul at [email protected]

All you need to know

Where - Willingham Social Club, Church Street

When - Thursday 29 June 7pm – 11pm; Friday 30 June 7pm – 11pm; Saturday 1 July 12pm – 2pm and

7pm – 11pm

Music Thursday – Alchemy; Friday – Steve Lockwood Band; Saturday – Keith Pearson and Tim


Beers, ciders and other drinks - 25+ real ales, lagers and ciders supplied by The Bank Micro pub.

Wine and soft drinks supplied by the Social Club

Food -– A variety of hot food

Entry - £3 adults, children free. £2 (refundable) for souvenir glass and programme