Cheers for drinkers as real ale festival gears up for new church venue

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The organiser of this year’s Hull Real Ale & Cider Festival says he’s only had positive comments about it being in the city’s 700-year-old Holy Trinity Church.

Tickets have gone on sale for the busiest night of the three-day event, Friday April 20.

Organiser Stewart Campbell is anticipating another sell-out: “I haven’t had any criticism of it being in a church, it has all been very good.”

He added: “I looked at the church’s blogsite and people were complaining about how cold it was - so I think it should be just about fine.”

Organisers are selling 200 tickets for the Friday night in advance, with another 200 for sale at the door. Tickets will cost £3.

As it’s the first year in the venue, organisers will be selling slightly less beer - but there will still be 60 beers, 20 ciders and perries and a dozen foreign bottled beers on offer.

Stewart said: “We have been ticket only for the Friday evening session for the last four years, but this year we wanted to give more drinkers access to our wonderful range of real ales so half of the places will be available on a first come first served basis. We will then operate a one in one out system.

“Customers can then come in from work for a couple of hours and then when they leave another customer can enjoy the church and beer.”

The festival is run by the Hull and East Yorkshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

Tickets are available from the Hop & Vine in Albion Street or from Mr Campbell. Email: