GARDENS are now closed until April 2018
Straw Bear Festival, Whittlesea 13th, 14th & 15th January 2017. In Whittlesea it was the custom on the Tuesday following Plough Monday (the 1st Monday after Twelfth Night) to dress one of the confraternity of the plough in straw and call him a ‘Straw Bear’. The tradition was revived in the 1980’s and this years’ Straw Bear Festival
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December 2017 11am-4pm Free Brewery Tours Free Garden Entry Arts and Crafts Order your Christmas Beer (available in Polypins, Jugs & Bottles)
Elgood’s Beer Festival 2017 21st September to 23rd September Thursday & Friday 5pm – 10.30pm Saturday 12pm – 10.30pm Live bands Doctor Busker Animal Bar Bewildered All tickets £4 All Beer £3 per pint TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW! Call 01945 583160 for bookings
Elgood’s is holding it’s latest Plant & Craft Fair on Sunday 3rd September 2017. With over 20 stalls, historic vehicles, Family history society and of course a fully licensed bar with refreshments there is something for everyone. Please pop along to see us. Entry £4, children under 12 free.
!! Happy New Year !!
Elgood’s Brewery Visitor Centre and Gardens Opening Times in 2018.
Open From 1st May until 28th September
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10:30am until 4:30pm
Wisbech Brewers, Elgood & Sons, were delighted to hand over a cheque for £1,500 to Rebekah Mills of Tapping House at the Brewery’s Christmas Open Weekend.
A raffle and other competitions held over the course of the weekend realised £200. Prizes included a homemade Christmas Cake and Christmas Pudding, donated by Elgood’s employee Sheila Wright, who first came up with the idea of holding a raffle in support of the Hospice. Other prizes included a ham donated by Plater’s Family Butchers of Wisbech, a hamper donated by the Brewery and several items donated by the various Craft Stall holders.
The proceeds from the weekend were added to those raised at various other events throughout the year, including the annual Jazz in the Garden afternoon organised by Dave & Sheila Dyer, which raised £450; donations and booking fees from the Craft Fairs in May and September, £490; Elgood’s Beer Festival, £221; plus several other individual donations.
Rebekah Mills of the Norfolk Hospice said, “We are extremely grateful to Elgood’s for their continued support over the years. It was a pleasure to be invited to the annual Open Weekend once again and to receive a cheque for £1,500 for their fundraising efforts this year. The Weekend, like all of the events organised by Elgood’s, is a wonderful event and it was lovely to see so many people there.”
Friday 13th proved a lucky day for Carolyn Godfrey of Tydd St Giles when she was presented with a cash prize of £100 by Belinda Sutton, MD of Wisbech Brewery, Elgood & Sons.
Mrs Godfrey had taken part in a ballot of visitors at the recent Beer Festival, which took place at the Brewery in September. Voters were asked to vote for their top 10 beers at the Festival and all the ballot papers were entered into a prize draw.
The results of the ballot will be used by the Brewery team to come up with ideas for new recipes to add to Elgood’s portfolio of award-winning beers.
The presentation took place in the Brewery Shop at the North Brink premises, a new facility that has been open since May this year to extend Elgood’s retail presence in the town. The Brewery Shop is open 9-5 Monday to Friday all year round, the Visitor Centre Shop is open from May to September and there is an on-line shop offering home delivery.
We are delighted to report a very successful Beer Festival this year. More than 900 people attended over the three days of the festival. Over 150 beers were available, offering everything from refreshing low-alcohol ales to stunning high ABV porters and stouts.
Entertainment was provided by old favourites Dr Busker and Bewildered as well as up and coming local band Animal Bar. Local folk band The Rusty Relics played for the Saturday afternoon session and were very well received.
The festival, which is in its 7th year, is organised on a not-for-profit basis, using the beers entered for the SIBA East annual beer competition. All money raised is donated to local charities. This year £2,000 will be shared between Ravenswood Pet Rescue, Rare Brain Tumour Research, Norfolk Hospice Tapping House and the Ferry Project.
Next year’s festival has already been booked for Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd September 2018.
We are over the moon with our awards at last week’s SIBA East competition! Bronze for our plumptious Plum Porter; Gold for our wonderful bottled Warrior and Silver overall for Warrior in the Small Pack Beer category.
The Beer Festival which followed the competition was very successful, with more than 900 visitors over the three days. It was a hectic few days but amazing fun.
We are already looking forward to next year’s festival, which is planned to take place from Thursday 20th to Saturday 22nd September 2018. Watch this space!