Inaugural Wetherby Beer Festival attracts thousands

Wetherby Beer Festival saw more than 3,500 visitors enjoy the corporate networking event and family day over the Bank Holiday weekend.

In its inaugural year organisers of the event, held at Grange Park on the outskirts of Wetherby, said they were pleased with the business and community support over the two days.

More than 100 companies, including media sponsors, enjoyed the professional networking gathering which launched the weekend.

More than 50 beers, stouts and ciders were on offer as well as a gin and champagne bars.

Sponsored by Schofield Sweeney solicitors, the networking session also had live entertainment with well-known local band Stellar Boom taking to the stage as well as a range of street food offerings provided by local vendors. 

Saturday also proved a sell out with more than 3,000 visitors attending. With the occasion entirely staffed by volunteers, the community was able to enjoy a huge selection of beers and other drinks as well as a family entertainment programme which included touch rugby, football, dance sessions and a circus skills workshop.

Chairman of Wetherby RUFC, Jonathan Hirst, said: “This event surpassed even our wildest expectations. The success is a result of a team of motivated people coming together to help secure the future of grass roots sport in the area, something that is under increasing financial pressure.

“We thank every company and individual that came along but particularly we thank the volunteers who made it happen.”

All funds raised over the weekend will go towards supporting grass roots sports at the Grange Park ground. 

Other main sponsors of the event were Manning Stainton estate agents and My Recruitment Career, along with a further 80 corporate supporters signing up.