Village Easter Music & Ale Festival: In Review

By all accounts the recent Easter music & ale festival was a resounding success. The Lyndhurst, Retreat, and Eldon Arms pubs achieved their goals both individually and collectively. So much so that another festival is being discussed for later this year; most likely over the August Bank Holiday weekend…

Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer managed to attend three out of the festival’s four days. We found the pubs busy at all times, even in between bands. We also found that many festival visitors were, like us, walking back and forth between the venues as each day unfolded and as the various bands came and went. Attracting outsiders into ‘The Village’ and stimulating foot traffic between its pubs was a primary goal of the event. Even a wee hours burglary at the Lyndhurst did nothing to dampen everyone’s enjoyment.

Highlights from our own observations…

  • Excellent ales at the Lyndhurst supplemented by additional casks on festival stillage
  • Excellent Hog Roast at the Lyndhurst set up in marquee outside the pub
  • Special festival food at the Eldon Arms featuring South African Boerewors in various forms
  • Excellent guest cask offerings at the Eldon Arms supplementing the house Wadworth ales
  • Music – Douzy & Slyde at the Retreat (audio)
  • Music – Warden Squires at the Lyndhurst (audio)
  • Music – Ding Dong Daddios was so popular we couldn’t get in the door at the Eldon
  • Music – Paula Riordan at the Retreat (video)
  • Music – Limpopo Groove at the Lyndhurst (video)

A lot of work went into the festival and the cooperation between the landlords was well rewarded. Fueled by Beer kudos go out to Heath & Natasha (Lyndhurst); Brian (Retreat); Carolyn & Russell (Eldon Arms) and to all those too numerous to mention who staffed the event, worked on its conception, and otherwise supported it. Here are some photos, we look forward to the next one…


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