Beer lovers set to hail the ale at Happisburgh pub’s Solstice festival

Clive Stockton, landlord of The Hill House Inn, Happisburgh, gets ready for their beer festival.PHOT

Clive Stockton, landlord of The Hill House Inn, Happisburgh, gets ready for their beer festival.PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

North Norfolk landlord Clive Stockton is preparing for his biggest beer festival yet when he hosts his 13th annual summer solstice celebration with more than 100 ales and ciders.

Mr Stockton, who has run The Hill House in Happisburgh for 21 years with wife Sue, will welcome thousands of beer lovers from across the county and even abroad into the pub's garden for the five day Solstice event - one of the largest independent festivals in the region.

Last year's celebrations featured 107 beers, ciders and perries but for 2013 he has gone one better and will have 108 tipples on tap, which will all be available throughout the festival.

He said: 'They come from literally all over the country. We've got beers from the Orkney Isles, the Isle of Man, the west country - virtually every county in the UK.

'And then of course we've got quite a lot of local ones including the new Lacons (brews), Adnams, Woodfordes, Green Jack and Buffy's.'

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Live music will accompany the supping and sipping of pints throughout the festival, which runs from June 20 - 24, with nine-piece ska band the New Town Kings from Essex headlining on the Saturday, and local acts appearing over the weekend.

Drinkers' appetites will also be accommodated with food available all day, including breakfasts and hot drinks in the pub's new coffee shop and carvery.

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Mr Stockton said he was expecting 1,000 visitors and 'pretty much all' the campsites in Happisburgh were heavily booked for the five days of the festival.

The pub will be running an overflow campsite for anyone having difficulty finding a pitch. To book call Mr Stockton on 01692 650004.

? Wristbands, which provide entry over all four days, cost £5 and include a festival glass and beer tasting notes.

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