Now in the third year of our festival, we’re delighted to welcome you once more to our village and to the Upton Noble Beer and Cider Festival. Please join us to sample our hospitality and the fabulous varieties of beer and cider we have sourced for you (including our very own Uptonogood Cider, of course!)
So when you arrive at the festival on the 1st and/or 2nd of September, this is what you can expect to find:
Friday 1st September: 7pm - 11.30pm
A fun pub evening of music, dancing, great conversation and beer, cider and wine tasting. Over 30 beers & ciders to try, plus mocktails, soft drinks and other beverages. Live music to get you dancing and a classic DJ set. Delicious locally produced food from 7pm with Field to Fire Pizzas and yummy veggie food served from the Hall kitchen.
Performances from the amazing Boudica Boogaloo - 3 sweet old gals, 3 dirty harmonies, 3 stomping strings and a hell of good old-time good time! - followed by DJ Iona - An all-female line-up for our opening night!
Entry: Free - £10 buys you six half pint tokens and a special UNBF pint glass.
Saturday 2nd September: 2.30pm - 1am
All welcome with live music and dancing in our marquee, plus dance performances, sensational street food including South Street Kitchen; kids field with giant games, crafts, circus skills, punch & judy show and play equipment; local producer stalls; evening fireside music; walkabout activities including Frome Street Bandits, Bathampton Morris Men and much more TBA.
Our full range of beers and ciders will be on sale throughout Saturday in the village hall - That’s 24+ beers and 12+ ciders!
Wine on Tap from More Wine
Cost includes full access to evening entertainments. This year’s sensational line-up includes:
Entry: Adults £7.50 in advance / £10 on the door / children go free - Entry single UNBF beer or wine glass.
Additional £10 buys you six half pint tokens. Payable in cash or by card on the day
All Upton Noble residents have free entry to the 2017 festival!
Dan Hurring is an events professional with 12 years experience of producing festivals. He is managing director of award-winning event production company, Another World Productions Ltd, and he works independently as a licensing and event management consultant.
Dan, who lives with his wife, Sophie, and four children in the village, blames his infatuation with events on years spent civilization building as a teenager lost in computer games. He believes that events such as our beer festival are an opportunity for local people to come together.
"It is through events like these that we build strong relations and, ultimately, more resilient communities," he says. "At least until the beer runs out..."
Dan also hopes that the village knows what it has let itself in for?
Seain Loughlin is the director of an event production company which works on the technical side of some of the world's largest events, ranging from festivals to conferences. He moved to the former Lamb Inn at Upton Noble last summer with his wife Kate and two small children and has since been amazed by the cultural activities available in the area.
‘I can't believe how friendly the village is,' he says. ‘I've had the chance to meet some great people who work within or alongside the events industry, so we have brought our collective minds together to develop what we have today - the UN Festival.'
Seain's aim is to give something back to this small but thriving community in terms of activities and the proceeds raised. ‘And this is the best way I know,' he concludes.
Johnnie Baker, who has lived in Somerset all his life, moved to Upton Noble almost 20 years ago. He spends his days running a translation agency in Bristol and the finances of a computer systems company.
Johnnie is an enthusiastic promoter of community projects, particularly when they can improve opportunities for the young. He is an active member of the PCC, Batcombe Cricket Club and was previously chairman of the Village Hall committee. He is a keen supporter of the Upton Noble Beer Festival (treasurer for the first year) and he hopes that this exciting new event will help to replace the lost amenities of the village.
He has two sons who are even keener on the concept of the festival than he is, and he is married to Melinda, who thinks in a similar vein but prefers wine.
A former service manager for large south east garage group Dagenham Motors, Andrew Fuller now leads a quieter life in Upton Noble. He prefers to keep mum about his past life so that he doesn't step outside and find a line of broken down cars on his driveway and their owners demanding his expert help. Prior to running the service department at Strood in Kent, he mended cars on the workshop floor for 12 years, rising to the heady ranks of Ford Master Tech before he was plucked for management. When his third child was born - he has four in total - he gave up his stressful managerial post to become a part-time house husband. He has combined this vital role with a part-time access control job (anyone want their gate or barrier fixed?), renovating an old farmhouse, part-time farming, stable hand and chef. In fact, he is the ultimate ‘Handy Andy' and Julie, a journalist, feels very lucky to be married to him.
Julie Harding has been a journalist for around 30 years. Her career path took her to IPC media in the early 1990s, where she was lucky enough to work in the Horse & Hound office, on sister equestrian title Eventing, a magazine she ran for 10 years — her appointment coincided with her 40th birthday, so plenty of cause for celebration. She was lucky enough to cover three Olympic Games for Eventing - the definite high spot of the job - and one for Horse & Hound online, and her work could have taken her away every weekend, except she had to apply the brakes to keep husband Andrew (Fuller) on side.
"Imagine if I had taken up all the offers to travel. I would no longer be married," says Julie, who has four lovely children (yes even the teenagers can be nice sometimes).
These days she is lucky enough to freelance regularly for Country Life and Wiltshire Life, and also has myriad projects on the go for other companies.
"I feel incredibly lucky to have spent my life doing something I absolutely love," she says. "And I’m still really enjoying what I do, including the marketing and PR for the beer festival."
Dean Lambert is a director of Lambert Transport, a Stoke St Michael lorry firm which isn't quite ready to take over the Eddie Stobart mantle of nationwide distribution - at least not just yet. Dean works with his father, Ray, who is still happily trucking at the age of nearly 80; therefore Dean reckons that he has another 30 years of work ahead of him.
He is married to Kerry, a lab manager at Barbers the cheese makers, and has three children. The family moved to Upton Noble two years ago - after 15 years of gentle persuasion from his wife to leave their rental accommodation. Dean is a keen cyclist, he loves socialising and he has aspirations to be a keen golfer, but work always tends to get in the way.
Verna has been making her mark in Upton Noble since relocating from Portugal two years ago after living abroad for 18 years. The former headmistress has been a driving force behind Upton Noble’s renowned band of local cooks, Upton Nibbles, as well as many other village initiatives. With an unerring artistic eye, Verna has been responsible for beautifying the village hall on its monthly Friday pub nights - and her love of gingham-style (that's gingham, not gangnam style, by the way) material is now well known.
She is easily recognisable in the village thanks to her trusty band of dogs who she takes on regular walks come rain or shine. She has rescued many animals over the years and now lives with five canine friends, along with husband Philip, and two cats.
"I couldn't have done all this animal rescue without the support of Philip. I did agree with him that having donkeys at home was a step too far. Working for a charitable trust looking after the poor and needy of the Algarve, involvement with a networking organisation and helping with a wine company all gave me the chance to develop new skills and learn some Portuguese," says Verna, who decided to return to the UK because she missed her adult children and seeing her grandchildren grow up.
She adds: "I now divide my time between looking after the grandchildren, Philip and the animals. I’ve really been enjoying helping to further develop the use of Upton Noble village hall and I’m slowing getting used to the weather!"