Next weekend will see the return of the Shouldham Beer and Music Festival – perfectly timed to celebrate the reopening of the King’s Arms pub.
Villagers and fundraisers will be celebrating the end of a successful campaign to reopen the village pub to be run by the community after it was closed for almost two years.
Landlord and manager Ian Skinner said “We’ve come so far in the past year; it’s amazing to think that this time last year we were still very much in the fundraising stage.
“The festival will be a real celebration of what has been achieved.”
The King’s Arms, which was saved earlier this year, has undergone significant renovations and is officially set to reopen next Friday, September 12, to coincide with the beer festival.
The Shouldham Beer and Music Festival will run from September 12-14, making a return after it was organised by the community group who were trying to save the pub.
Mr Skinner said: “The beer festival will have a great selection of real ales and ciders on offer over the weekend including the gold, silver and bronze winners from the Great British Beer Festival and a whole host of others including local and regional beers and ciders.
“We also have some brilliant performers lined up, including up and coming singer-songwriter Abigail Blake, the Oscar Wallop Trio, The Mudcats, the Vendettas, local band Crackletube and Tony Brook and Yve MaryB.
“Plus of course, the pub will be open too, which we are thrilled about, we are looking forward to welcoming everyone.”
The event will also feature a performance from, Channel 4’s ‘Mr Drew’s School for Boys’ rapping teacher Mark Grist, who will be joined by Tim Clare.
The pair will be mixing comedy and poetry and engaging with the audience to create on-the-spot, ingenious and hilarious creations, for a knockout bout of wit.
The festival launches at 6pm next Friday, for more information on the King’sArms campaign, the pub launch or the beer festival, go to www.kingsarmsshouldham.co.uk