January 12, 2018
Nottingham Rugby are pleased to announce the return of their Six Nations Beer Festival, which will take place across the weekend of the 16th, 17th & 18th March 2018, at Lady Bay.
After the success of 2017’s inaugural festival, this year’s event has been made even bigger, with a Premiership academy visiting The Bay and the Green and Whites’ Greene King IPA Championship clash with Bedford Blues both being included in the weekend, alongside a Saturday with all three NatWest Six Nations final round matches being shown on a giant screen.
With a huge range of ales, craft beers, ciders, prosecco and gin on offer, supplied by event sponsors Greene King, plus a whole host of real ales available from independent local breweries, and a weekend jam-packed full of rugby, this is an event not to be missed!
The festival doors open on Friday evening (16th March) at 5:30pm, with Nottingham Rugby’s academy side taking on Premiership opposition, Gloucester Academy, kicking off at 7:30pm.
There will be no better place to celebrate your St. Patrick’s Day Saturday (17th March), as crunch Six Nations clashes with Italy vs. Scotland (12:30pm), England vs. Ireland (2:45pm) and Wales vs. France (5:00pm) are all shown on the club’s numerous TVs, including a giant screen. Doors open at 11:00am, with live acoustic music then beginning at 7pm.
The festival then continues into Sunday (18th March), as Nottingham host Bedford Blues, in Round 18 of the Greene King IPA Championship (3:00pm kick-off). The festival marquee will be open from midday, with a season ticket, or Bedford match ticket, required for entry, until the doors then open to all non-match ticket drinkers, at 3:45pm.
Speaking about the event, Chief Operating Officer Steve Smith said:
“We were delighted with the success of last year’s festival, so we’ve decided to make this year’s even bigger, by adding even more rugby and another vast choice of ale and craft beer. You’ll probably struggle to find a bigger celebration of the sport anywhere this year, in the Midlands, or even in the UK.
“We’d like to thank our event sponsors Greene King, FHP and FHP Living for backing this event for the second year running. Without their help, we couldn’t make this as big as it is.”
The full list of the 50-plus beers available at the festival will be published in due course, with a number of very special brews scheduled to make an appearance. Keep an eye on the club’s social media channels over the coming weeks, as the beers are announced, in the lead up to the event.
Entry is free on Friday, Saturday and after 3:45pm on Sunday, and tokens can be purchased from inside the marquee, via cash or card, for £1.50 each, with each token equating to half a pint. Commemorative festival glasses will also be on sale, costing just £2.
Special, discounted pre-order packages can also be bought online, via www.nottinghamrugbydirect.co.uk, until midnight on Thursday 15th March, costing £10 for 6 tokens and a glass, or £20 for 15 tokens and a glass. Please note that all tickets will have Friday 16th printed on them, but can be used to obtain glass and token packages on any of the three days.
A range of hot food will be available to purchase across the weekend, alongside a special, group table reservation and food package, for the Saturday, which will also be announced in the coming days.
The Bay is located at 1 Holme Road, Lady Bay, West Bridgford, Nottingham, NG2 5AA and is conveniently situated next to the Nottingham City Transport #11 Woodland Road bus stop, or a short walk down Radcliffe Road, from the Trent Bridge and Cricket Ground stops.
Free car parking is available on site on Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, parking is available in the Scarrington Road car park (NG2 5BR), costing £3 per car.