Shouldham’s beer and music festival

Flashback to last year's official opening of the King's Arms at Shouldham
Flashback to last year's official opening of the King's Arms at Shouldham
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This weekend sees the return of the annual Shouldham Beer and Music Festival – and the event marks the first full year of trade for the King’s Arms as West Norfolk’s first community owned pub.

The pub, which was registered as an asset of community value in 2013 was saved by a group of 189 who bought shares to enable the purchase from pub chain Punch Taverns.

King’s Arms landlord, Ian Skinner, said: “It’ been a fantastic first year and the public have been incredibly well supportive of the venture.

“We get lots of comments about how welcoming they find the pub which I think is a successful gauge of the business. The beer festival is a great opportunity for us to celebrate the first year of being open with everyone who has supported us along the way as well as welcoming new customers.”

The festival kicks off today (Friday) at 3pm with over 30 real ales and 15 ciders; it continues tomorrow from 11am to midnight and then on Sunday from 11am to 6pm.

The event, now in its third year, will be held on the green opposite the pub and features performances from bands including The Oscar Wallop Trio, The Mudcats and The Vendettas alongside local bands including The Hal Wrayzer Combo and The Barleycorns, plus performers from the pub’s popular Open Mic sessions including Isabella, Sound Strip and Martha’s Wood.

There will also be a great big pub quiz and performances from The Misfits Molly Dancers.

John Mcgourty, chairman of Shouldham Community Enterprises, added: “It’s been a fantastic first year, far exceeding our expectations. Not only has the core business flourished but the King’s Arms has truly become a focus for Shouldham’s other village activities and services including the community café, children’s holiday-entertainment mornings, craft afternoons, and new football and cricket teams – to name but a few.

“We are extremely fortunate in having appointed Ian Skinner, as our enthusiastic and innovative manager, and of course our excellent head chef, Jo Freeman, but we should very much like to extend our grateful thanks to our many volunteers and supporters – both from within and outside of the village – who have given us a huge amount of help and support.”

For more information about the King’s Arms and the beer festival visit