The Princess Pavilion is the setting for the Falmouth Beer Festival which takes place on the last Friday and Saturday in October. The event is organised by the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) and is open from eleven in the morning to eleven in the evening. It is proving to be extremely popular not only with real ale enthusiasts but also with anyone looking to have a good time with friends over a few beers.
There's plenty of choice at Falmouth Beer Festival
The Falmouth Beer Festival includes over 150 local and national ales including lager, real cider and perry. There is a token system for purchases and free soft drinks are provided for drivers, after some bad press in recent years. As well as plenty of choice ale and good food, the festival has live music entertainment and some traditional pub games to enjoy.
The Falmouth Beer Festival takes place on Melvill Road in the Princess Pavilion, and for those who don't want to drive, it is just a short walk from Falmouth Railway Station. Arriving by train makes it easy to get back home or to your holiday cottage rental without having to curtail your enjoyment of the many real ales on offer.
Take into account that some of the brews on offer are strong enough to blow your socks off and that some of the visitors are keen on trying as many beers as possible. Credit has to go the organisers who run a very tight ship in ensuring that the event goes off without a hitch and real ale enthusiasts are left in peace to enjoy one of their favourite hobbies.
Don't forget to pace yourself
Unless you are a hardened drinker who is able to get involved in the festival from opening until closing time, why not have a look at what else Falmouth has to offer during the day and then pop along to the festival for the evening session?
At this time of the year the holiday crowds have usually left Falmouth but there is still lots to do. How about a trip to Glendurgan Gardens?
Even someone without the slightest interest in walking around the well-kept gardens will appreciate what the gardeners have come up with. One word of warning though. Visiting the gardens after enjoying the beer festival is not advisable as the maze is difficult enough to navigate your way around with a clear head, never mind after sampling some of the beers over at the Pavilion!
If gardens aren't really your thing or if the weather is not kind, consider a visit to the National Maritime Museum in Cornwall. The many exhibits are absolutely fascinating and worthy of a visit even if you are not visiting the beer festival. This really is a superb museum with many displays and boats on the different levels. Located right on the waterfront, there are boats and exhibits out on the water, and there's even an underwater viewing room.
One of the best
When you arrive at the Falmouth Beer Festival, don't worry if you haven't had anything to eat because there is always hot and cold food available which is well-cooked and reasonably priced. All in all, the Falmouth Beer Festival provides an entertaining evening or even a great day out, and CAMRA regards it as being one of the most popular such events in the Westcountry.
Do you know your speckled hen from your merry monk? Feel free to share your experience of any beer festivals that you've been, especially if they're worth recommending to others.