Unpretentious Rural Beer Festivals Worth The Journey [BUFF]

Ditch the city streets for a rural beer-fuelled getaway.

Urban beer events are reaching peak popularity, but have you thought about visiting the countryside for your next beer festival?

Beer festivals are more popular than they’ve ever been, with hundreds of events organised throughout the UK promoting beer in all its glorious forms. Unfortunately, like all good things, beer festivals have become a victim of the hipster generation with bearded fashionistas and Instagrammers alike with over optimised SEO blog are now eager to get in on the action.

If you’re looking to avoid the millennial crowds and find a simple place to drink some beer then you might want to avoid any newly founded festivals based in a city centre and opt for a festival in the countryside. Out in God’s own country you’ll find that there’s zero tolerance for pretentiousness, in fact we’re firm in the belief that the further you distance yourself from the yuppies the better your experience will be!

Load up the car, book a holiday home and escape to the country for one of these rural beer festivals!

Octoberfest in Clitheroe


You read that right. Clitheroe is a small town nestled right on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and once a year it’s home to a traditional Octoberfest complete with Bavarian beer, food and live music. The beer hall at Holmes Mill is the perfect venue for a day of traditional drinking and revelry, once you’ve had your fill you can either stay at the hotel there or take a cab back to a static caravan at Bowland Fell, a nearby holiday park.

Where? Holmes Mill, Clitheroe When? 14th September & 5th October 2018

11th North Cotswold Beer Festival


Now in its 11th year, the North Cotswold Beer Festival gives beer lovers the perfect excuse to spend a weekend in this idyllic corner of the country. For just £3 visitors can gain entry to this fun little festival, beers are bought on a token system and you even have the option of buying a souvenir glass for £2 or £3. Camping is available on site for those looking to stumble into bed straight after the event and there’ll be 50 real ales and 20 different ciders/perry to take your pick from.

Where? Moreton-in-Marsh Cricket Club When? 7th-8th September 2018

Somerset Real Ale & Cider Festival


Some argue that the birthplace of good real cider is in Somerset, but as we’re beer drinkers we can’t really pass judgement on this! What we do now, however, is that the Somerset Real Ale & Cider Festival is one of the best attended events of its kind in the area and promises a real treat for drinkers looking to suss out what makes this region so prolific. Although Minehead might be a bit of a trek this festival is certainly worth the trip and is elevated by its sense of community spirit.

Where? Minehead Rugby Club, Minehead When? 7th-8th September 2018

Carmarthen Beer Festival


Wales is home to an abundance of excellent brewers many of whom will be proudly sharing their wares at the Carmarthen Beer Festival. Entry is free to card-carrying members of CAMRA, whilst non-members will have to pay £6, which includes a glass and programme. 40 Real Ales/Ciders/Country Wines/Perries will be available in addition to live music on the Friday and Saturday evening sessions. Filled rolls will be on offer for purchase or visitors are welcome to bring their own food.

Where? St. Peters Civic Hall, Carmarthen When? 4th-6th October 2018

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