Tours, choirs, local produce and warming meals - record numbers visit Norwich brewery’s open weekend

Food and drink producers at Woodforde's open weekend. Picture: Woodforde's

Food and drink producers at Woodforde's open weekend. Picture: Woodforde's - Credit: Archant

A brewery open weekend offering behind-the-scenes tours and tastings attracted record crowds, with 2,500 braving the gloomy weather to visit.

Dnnie Nudd and Juliet Jones from Woodforde's at the brewery's open weekend. Picture: Woodforde's

Dnnie Nudd and Juliet Jones from Woodforde's at the brewery's open weekend. Picture: Woodforde's - Credit: Archant

The annual Woodforde's Open Weekend gave beer-lovers and Christmas shoppers a chance to stock up on festive goods, with local producers including Broadland Wineries, Norfolk Sloe Company, Corkers Crisps and Ferndale Cheeses set up camp in the brewery's yard.

The Fine City Chorus and Broadside Choir serenaded guests with carols, while The Fur and Feather served warming soup, hog roast and pies.

A spokesperson for Woodforde's, based in Woodbastwick, said they saw a 10pc rise in footfall on previous years.

Rupert Farquharson, managing director, said: 'The weather hasn't deterred beer fans and we've had a bustling two days.

'Almost 1,000 people went on brewery tours to see behind the scenes and find out more about the local ingredients used in our beer.'

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