A BEER festival which has raised thousands for blood bikes will be running soon at Bowness Bay Brewery, Castle Mills, Kendal.

The fourth edition of the beer festival will be over Easter weekend from March 29 to 31. Bowness Bay Brewing will run the festival with the Beer Haul Shop, an online retailer selling craft beers and real ales from independent breweries. It promises over 30 guest breweries with 35+ guest keg and cask lines and a selection of food vendors. There will be live music twice a day over the weekend. 

The festival will also raise money for North West Blood Bikes Lancs and Likes. Blood bikers will visit the festival, while not on a call, for adults and children to hear about their work first-hand. Anna Martin, operations and events manager, said that their events have raised over £2,000 in the last two and a half years of working with the Blood Bikes.

The Westmorland Gazette: The beer festival in previous yearsThe beer festival in previous years (Image: Bowness Bay Brewing) 

"We see three or four of them parking in the yard," she said. "Kids get excited because they can sit on the bike, adults get excited as well. Everybody cheers them in the yard when they go out on a job. We've also got music on in the afternoon from about two o'clock.

"It's Easter weekend - we've been very, very lucky in the last few years because the weather has been glorious."

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Anna said that the weekend involves work beforehand to set up the event.

She said: "Our head brewers get a couple of members of staff who help out and they spend most of the day on Thursday and then come in early on Friday. 

"We are doing two extra beers for the festival," she said. The festivalgoers will have a wide 'variety' of beers to choose from, said Anna.