The fairly humble beginnings of Tockwith Beer Festival date back to 2009, when it opened as a small charity beer festival, hosted in a village hall and organised by Tockwith’s parents, friends and teachers association. Now in its fifth year it has morphed into a huge celebration of music, ales, and arts, set to take place on Sunday 18th May from 12pm. This year the festival is located opposite Tockwith Primary School and is open for up to 1500 visitors, with around twenty different bands and artists performing at the event, and a diverse range activities for attendees to get involved with.
This year the festival will continue to uphold its reputation for what it does best, promising a dozen different ciders and over forty exclusive ales sourced from Yorkshire breweries and further afield (information on some of the drinks and breweries involved can be found on the official festival website here). The festival has grown steadily with each year seeing more musical acts becoming involved, and excitingly this year sees the hotly-tipped Leeds-based folk/indie duo Fossil Collective headlining the bill. The band’s appearance follows some impressive recent performances at SXSW festival and on their current UK tour promoting the band’s latest album, Tell Where I Lie. Other acts include artists from Yorkshire and beyond such as fellow Leeds folk-mongers Jacobean Ruff and Bradford’s Wilful Missing.
As an inclusive festival at the heart of the community there are a number of activities tailored for children to take part in, including music workshops, dance activities, and clay modelling to name a few – and participation in all such activities are included in the festival’s ticket price. Local food vendors will provide an assortment of locally sourced cuisine including a hog roast, a BBQ, and a taste of Italy courtesy of Pizza Loco.
Considering that there is so much to take part in at the festival the prices are more than reasonable: adult early bird tickets available for just £7.50, children’s tickets (ages 5-17) at £3 a go, and children under five able to go free. All proceeds from the charity festival go towards Tockwith Primary School and into supporting community projects, with £2,000 of last year’s profits being channelled directly back into these causes. So if Tockwith Beer Festival whets your appetite for good music, supporting a great cause, and celebrating Yorkshire’s finest ales in the sunshine, then snap up some of their fast-selling tickets whilst you still can.