East Midlands

Notts, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire

Oldershaw Brewery Open Day

14 December 2013 - 11:00am

Lincolnshire's Oldershaw Brewery is opening its doors to all comers on the 14th December, writes TravAle's Greg Richards

Oldershaw’s Kathy and Tim Britton are marking the end of a busy 12 months which has seen the brewery win an award for its Great Expectations ale at the Society of Independent Brewers national competition, produce a beer for the plush St Pancras Renaissance Hotel – and both become certified beer sommeliers.

Castle Rock Open Day & Ladies Tour and Tasting

11 February 2012

Ladies – fancy a tour and tasting around one of the UK’s most go-ahead breweries?

Not content with opening the door’s to Nottingham’s famous Castle Rock Brewery, one of the beer world’s most engaging ladies, Charlie Blomeley, takes to the floor to host a ladies-only tour followed by a tutored tasting.

The Open Day takes place during SIBA’s Champions Beer Festival, running until Sunday 12 February at The Canalhouse.

Belvoir Elderflower Cordial

Throw off the thoughts of Winter with this very essence of Spring, Belvoir's Elderflower Cordial. Serve chilled with plenty of ice and either a sprig of mint or the neatest sliver of fresh ginger to give this delicate floral-infused drink a little lift.

c. £4; available delicatessens, food halls, farm shops & major supermarkets; or online

ALL BEER Experience Pack

Twenty quid will buy the novice beer drinker in your life Master Brewer’s Alex Barlow’s ALL Beer Experience pack.

Complete with a glass specially designed to enhance and capture all those flavours, there’s a handy spiral-bound book – winner of the World's Best Beer Book gong in the 2010 Gourmand Awards. The pack also includes five different malt packets and a unique hop aroma card – somehow Alex has managed to micro-encapsulate the essential oils from three well-known but distinctively different hops. 

Beer & Cheese Matching at the School of Artisan Food

29 January 2012 - 30 June 2012

Where better to explore the matches between those two exciting bedfellows, beer and cheese, than right next to where they have both been created?

Cidermaking at the School of Artisan Food

23 November 2013 - 24 November 2013

While "cyder" is the true word for the fermented juice from the first apple pressings, “an orchard is classified as anything more than three trees.” So Simon Reed, Rough Old Wife cider founder, informed us during his one-day cidermaking course at Welbeck Abbey’s School of Artisan Food.

These and many other handy facts and entertaining anecdotes emerged during the day, as we delved into history, learnt about our apples and pears and, most importantly, scratted and pressed until our arms were about to drop off.

Welbeck Abbey Brewery

Welbeck Abbey is a majestic estate in Nottinghamshire – think Robin Hood country – with historic roots stretching back to the Domesday Book. Following several hundred years as a monastery, the grand house became home to a succession of earls and lords, until it was leased to the MoD as an army training college after the Second World War. Still in private hands, the estate took a new direction in the mid-2000s, creating the ambitious Welbeck Project, a quest to create a sustainable community "through rural and creative industries, education and the arts".

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Variety show for Leicestershire

30 May 2011 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Leicestershire and Northamptonshire residents can head to Welland Valley Vineyard for its Open Day on Bank Holiday Monday with free tastings for English Wine Week. Located a few miles south-west of the market town of Harborough, Welland Valley Vineyard is a boutique vineyard in the truest sense.

Batemans Beer Festival

Batemans Brewery
13 April 2012 - 6:30pm - 14 April 2012 - 6:00pm

It's that time of the year again: Batemans Beer Festival kicks off this Friday for its annual friendly get-together. Real ales from around the country will be on show alongside some of the host's finest. Back by popular demand is Doctor Busker with his traditional beer festival band on Friday evening.

This year though there's a difference: for every pint sold, Batemans is donating to the health charity Walk the Walk.

Friday: 6.30pm till late; Saturday: 11.30am–6pm; £3.50, to include festival glass

Batemans Brewery

Batemans Visitors Centre turned 18 in May 2011, and did so in style. Opened by members of the Dambusters – Squadron 617 was stationed nearby during the Second World War – it really does have something for everyone. From the cosiest brewery bar you're likely to find anywhere through to giant-sized pub games outside for the young as well as the young-at-heart, the emphasis is very much on entertainment.

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  • Wheelchair Access
  • Child Friendly
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  • Public Transport within 5 miles
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