Drink (and Eat) to British Tourism
Is there something about tourism that encourages attractions and destinations to attract us with offers of a drink or is it just coincidental that some events this week offer us this lure?
In the town hall in Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, the annual Camra Beer Festival starts tomorrow with free entry. After that, it can cost you between £2 and £5 depending on when you go. Complementing this, in the marketplace, there will be a background to the brewing heritage of the town including what is called a “taster” of the new National Brewery Centre. But Burton isn’t only about beer. The National Forest is nearby and Burton acts as one of the gateways to it.
Further north in Preston, also starting tomorrow is their 17th annual Beer Festival which is being held at St Walburge’s Church. Why? Because the church is in need of some restoration. The church is new as churches go,- only 166 years old but it has the tallest spire of any parish church in the country. It was the last spire to be worked on by Fred Dibnah before his death a few years ago. And it was designed by the man who designed the hansom cab.
And down in Brighton, they are in the midst of their Food and Drink Festival with the whiskey festival on Saturday and the Chocolate one on Sunday.
At Criccieth in North Wales, the place where David Lloyd George spent some of his childhood, the Prince of Wales has been celebrating the regional cask beers of the area. And there aren’t many places better to watch the world go by as you gaze across the green to the old castle.
At the Best of Britain & Ireland Show at London’s Olympia on Friday and Saturday, you will be able to sample wines from Denbies, the Dorking based vineyard, now the largest in England. There will also be samples of different and beers from around the four countries. I think last year the Irish ran short of the beef they were cooking it proved so popular.
Today the show opens to the travel trade. Later today and tomorrow we’ll suggest some areas you might like to visit if you’re going there.