Bank Holiday beer fest raises £1,800 for Sue Ryder

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Sandra & Adam Purdey (centre) with members of the Horns team


A Bank Holiday Beer Festival at the Horns at Crazies Hill raised £1,800 for Sue Ryder.

The festival, called ‘Hornfest’, was the first organised by tenants Adam & Sandra Purdy, who took over the Brakspear pub in July last year.  The event attracted more than 200 people over the Sunday and Monday of the Bank Holiday weekend in August.

Visitors paid a £5 entry fee, which gave them a commemorative half-pint glass printed with the pub name and image of a stag. They could then taste the 12 beers on offer, including a selection of Brakspear’s finest ales as well as from other brewers.

Other drink offers included gin and Champagne bars, ciders and wines, while a barbecue provided delicious food to enjoy in the pub’s garden and marquee. Entertainment was provided for visitors of all ages, with garden games such as Twister and skittles for for children and adults, as well as live music from A Bag Full of Hats.

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Customers enjoy Hornfest

Sandra said: “We were delighted with Hornfest.  This was the first time we had run an event like this, so we have a few things to learn from it, but overall we had a really good response. The good weather made a big difference, especially on Monday afternoon.

“Many of our guests told us what a great idea the festival was, so we’re hoping to make it an annual event on the Bank Holiday weekend.  We might even run it across all three days next year.”

The £1,800 raised by Adam & Sarah has contributed to the £30,000-plus that has now been collected across the Brakspear estate for Sue Ryder. The company is targeting £50,000 in total.

The Horns promotes its Beer Festival
The Horns promotes its Beer Festival