Gosport Real Ale and Music Festival offers fun for all

(l-r) Jamie Chambers and Dickie Davey at theGosport Real Ale and Folk Festival earlier this year. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141087-3)
(l-r) Jamie Chambers and Dickie Davey at theGosport Real Ale and Folk Festival earlier this year. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (141087-3)

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THE organiser of a real ale festival is hoping there will be something on offer for all the family at a three-day event.

Peter Chegwyn is running the Gosport Real Ale and Music Festival at Bay House School from tomorrow until Sunday.

The festival boasts free entry for families in the afternoons, plenty of live music and more than 40 real ales and ciders to taste.

He said: ‘It will be a really nice community festival.

‘I just want to give people a bit of fun in Gosport.

‘Hopefully it’ll be a really nice weekend with some good real ales and ciders, something for everyone. I’m conscious lots of people in Gosport haven’t got a lot of money at the moment.’

And a spectacular firework display will launch the festival tomorrow night at 9.30pm.

It is being run by Pyrotex, which has won international fireworks championships around the world.

The extravaganza will see tonnes of explosives fired up into the air, illuminating the skies above Gosport.

There will be free entry for families on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, with the rest of the event ticketed.

Mr Chegwyn added: ‘It’s good to put something back into the community. I hope local residents will come and support this festival.

‘If it’s a success we hope to make it an annual event as Gosport deserves to have a summer festival of which it can be proud.’

The free entry for children is on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 12pm to 5pm, with plenty of children’s entertainment on offer.

The South, formerly known as The Beautiful South, will play on Saturday night.

The Pretty Things will headline on Sunday night, supported by Gosport band Night of Treason.

Saturday and Sunday night adult tickets cost £10 and include the cost of a first pint.

Tickets are available from the Queens Hotel, Queens Road, Gosport and also from the Junction Tavern, Whitworth Road, Gosport.

For more information see gosportfestival.co.uk.

Another festival, GosFest, is on at Walpole Park from August 7 to August 10.