Isle of Man Thursday 7th April, 15.00-16.30 and 18.30-20.00 at Isle of Man Beer Festival, Villa Marina Complex, Harris Promenade, Douglas IM1 2HP
Situated between the coastlines of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, in the middle of the Irish Sea, you’ll find the beautiful but small island of Isle of Man.
Home to four breweries, great food and vintage transport, it’s no surprise the picturesque island was also once host to CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend in 2010.
For those attending, the CAMRA branch of Isle of Man hosts it annual Beer and Cider festival (Thursday 7 April – Saturday 9 April) with 250 real ales, ciders and perries at the classic Villa Marina on the promenade of the Island’s capital Douglas.
Card carrying CAMRA members can benefit from free entry Thursday afternoon or £5 worth of drink tokens for use at other sessions. More information on the festival can be found here: http://www.iombeerfestival.com
Whilst in the area, take a wander to one of the islands busy and unspoilt pubs (there are around 100 along its coastline), including Good Beer Guide (GBG) entry the Rover’s Return, tucked behind the town hall, the pub attracts a quirky clientele and boasts a selection of handpumped beers, mainly from local brewery Bushy’s and four guest beers in attendance.
Stray slightly further and stumble upon the Woodbourne Hotel, another GBG entry and the IOM CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015. The bustling three-bar local holds many Okell’s beers on tap and five or six guests.
The island is also rightly known for its food with seafood unsurprisingly making a regular appearance on its menus. Try a world-famous Manx kipper or queenie scallops at one of the many bistros along the coast.
It might seem small, but there is plenty to do and see on the island. Make sure there is enough time to explore the area, taste a wide selection of real ales whilst enjoying the extensive coastline and stunning landscapes of the Isle of Man.