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27 January, 2020


Knutsford Beer Festival 2019 raises a glass to Royal May Day


Knutsford Beer Festival has chosen the town’s Royal May Day festival as one of the community projects it will be supporting this year.

“Knutsford Royal May Day is a fantastic local cause,” commented the Beer Festival’s marketing manager Rachel Bishop.

“We know that the smaller local charities struggle for funding compared with some of the bigger charities and we wanted to make sure we chose a charity local to Knutsford.” 

The first Knutsford Beer Festival took place in 2014 in the then-vacant Old Town Hall, (now The Lost & Found).

This year’s event will take place at The Courthouse from Thursday 11th April to Saturday 13th April, with sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings and on Saturday afternoon.

In the last five years, the Knutsford Beer Festival has raised more than £16,000 for various local charities.

In addition to all profits from ticket and beer sales going towards the beer festival’s chosen charities, The Courthouse will be contributing £1 for every beverage or food item it provides.

Eileen Podmore, Knutsford Royal May Day committee secretary commented: “We are absolutely delighted and immensely grateful that Knutsford Beer Festival has decided to nominate us – a small Knutsford group – as one of its community projects for the year.”

It costs in excess of £37,000 each year to put on the Knutsford Royal May Day, and the news regarding the beer festival’s support was welcomed by the entire committee behind the event.

Now in its 155th year, the procession has grown and grown, and involves more than 500 of the town’s youngsters.

“It’s amazing when you talk to the children about May Day,” added Eileen, “Many say that their mother or father wore the exact same costume as them.

“It makes you realise just how old some of the costumes must be.”