Hops 'n' Harvest Festival in Kent September 8 and 9 2012

Beer lovers can sample up to 60 varieties of rare and not-so-rare real ales and cider at this annual event with live music, near Maidstone

 Hops ‘n’ Harvest Festival

The 'other' Kent Life - formerly the Museum of Kent Life -  near Maidstone (not to be confused with the leading county magazine Kent Life!) is gearing up for its 26th annual Hops ‘n’ Harvest Festival on September 8 and 9.

Thousands are expected to join the ‘festini’ atmosphere and rock to a host of live music. Beer lovers can sample up to 60 varieties of rare and not-so-rare real ales and ciders – including Cobtree Old Ale, brewed using hops grown on site –  along with a selection of bottled and draught lagers, wines, spirits and Pimm’s.

Festival-goers can have a go at picking the hops by hand. They will also be able to see the last working coal-fired oast house in Britain, which will be back in full production for this weekend only, and meet Pearly Kings and Queens and more characters from Kent’s past.

A Weekend Pass is �15 for adults, �13 concessions and �10 children. Tickets for Saturday only (10am to 9pm) cost �9.95 adults, �8.75 concessions and �6.50 children; Sunday tickets (10am to 6pm) are �8.95 adults, �7.75 concessions and �6.50 children.

Members and advance booking discounts are available. For more information call 01622 763936.

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