Herefordians have the chance to soak up the sunshine with their favourite tipple as a popular annual event returns to the city.

Beer on the Wye will welcome thousands of people to the banks of the river in Hereford this weekend from Friday to Sunday.

The festival showcases beers and ciders from local producers and well-known international brands to suit any palette.

The event at the rowing club will be open until 11pm on Friday, midday until 11pm on Saturday and midday until 5pm on Sunday.

Entry on Friday costs £5, Saturday is £11 and Sunday is £2, and there will also be bands playing and food available.

There will be more than 135 beers and 130 ciders and perries to try as well.

Local microbrewery Motley Hog, from Ross-on-Wye, is showcasing for the first time at the event and is looking forward to being part of it.


Co-founder Nigel Ree said: "It's really exciting to be here. Beer on the Wye is a great chance to show our beer and to sample others.

"It's the best beer festival for miles and we're looking forward to it."

Russell Sutcliffe, from Innocent Pilgrim Cider in Kimbolton, near Leominster, said: "Events like this are great for local producers like us and it gives people a great opportunity to try all sorts of new drinks that they might not otherwise have known about.

"It's brilliant to be able to chat with other cider makers about growing techniques and how they produce their drinks, because everyone is a little bit different."

Gareth Handley had been visiting the festival for 10 years before Covid and took a day off work to come to the festival today.

"I don't usually come on the Friday due to work but thought I would this year,” he said.

"You can’t beat it, it's always a great weekend here with a great atmosphere."

Simon Crowther, deputy festival organiser for Beer on the Wye, said: "Everyone is really looking forward to it. The campsite actually sold out two weeks ago which has never happened before."

"It's fantastic to be back, and the weather is set to be brilliant, so we are hoping for a bumper weekend."