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Village pub and club beer festivals are without doubt becoming the most popular real ale events going. No sooner had the Monkey Club in Armitage Bridge finished selling out of a quite phenomenal amount of beer (extra casks had to be acquired at short notice last Sunday), than the Rose & Crown at Thurstonland (23rd-25th July) and Hall Bower Club (14th-15th August)were preparing to lure us back into the sticks once more.

In their second and third years respectively, both offer a fun day out (or two if you can hack it!) with great selections of ale, food and music. Weather is key at these largely outdoor festivals but even during some heavy down pours last year, our spirits weren't dampened and all the ale still got supped in record time!

Both these fantastic events have very quickly established themselves on the short-list of 'must attend' beer festivals in our area, having found a magic winning formula with incredible appeal. Miss them at your peril!

Thurstyfest (map) is once again offering a free bus service from town and these are the details:

Pick up times:
Friday: Head of Steam 6pm, The Lockwood 6.15pm. Return 10pm.
Saturday: Head of Steam 1.30pm & 6pm, The Lockwood 1.45pm & 6.15pm. Return @ 6.30pm & 10.30pm.
Sunday: Head of Steam 1.30pm & 5pm, The Lockwood 1.45pm & 5.15pm. Return @ 5.30pm & 9.30pm.

Hall Bower Athletics & WMC is much closer to Huddersfield town centre and can be reached on the 354/355 bus services or on foot, though beware of the very steep hill! (map)