Best yet, as 1,500 call to sample ales over busy weekend

Karen Brown and Joan Chamberlain at Todmorden Cricket Club Beer Festival
Karen Brown and Joan Chamberlain at Todmorden Cricket Club Beer Festival

The 14th Todmorden Beer Festival was the toast of the town last weekend and has been hailed the most successful yet.

It is estimated around 1,500 people made their way to Todmorden Cricket Club’s Centre Vale, Burnley Road, headquarters to have fun and sample some of 35 cask ales, five farmhouse ciders, continental draught and bottled beers and a wine selection over the course of last Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

By the time the towels went on, after a weekend which included food available at all sessions and live music on two evenings, it had been judged a social and financial success for the club, which hosts the event. It is an important source of revenue for the club.

Richard Crossland, one of the team of club members who planned and staffed the event, said: “We can say it was definitely the most successful we have had in terms of numbers through the door. We can say there were 1,500, with many using their programmes to come back at other sessions.

“We have raised something over £7,000 - when we started 14 years ago, we were fortunate to break even!” he said.

Long-standing success has meant people make a note in their diaries for each year’s festival, which they look forward to attending.

“It’s on the calendar of beer festivals now and we’re unique in what we do - we tend to concentrate on beers that local people are unlikely to have tried, which is as much of the effort that is put in as serving the beers and getting them into place,” said Richard.

The comfortable and low key atmosphere has appeal wider than townspeople and the club’s caravan and camping site is already fully booked up for the weekend of next year’s event.

Richard said: “One guy who came on Monday this year who is a regular festivalgoer had to leave on Thursday as he wasn’t booked in. But he’s booked for next year!”