Music, food and beer make for a popular event and a perfect combination as Beer and Bands returns for 2017 on May Day bank Holiday weekend at Crich Tramway Village.
This year it runs from Saturday 29th April to Monday 1st May and will include bands playing of different genres as well as a beer and food festival, with local food and drink suppliers in the marquee to include: Ashover Cider; Brampton Brewery and Peakstones Rock. The Bakewell Pudding Parlour and Maycock’s Butchers (Holloway) will tempt you with their delicious puddings and pies.
The Red Lion pub in the village serves local cask ales, wines, ciders and bottled beers, plus, new for this year is Sir Robin of Locksley Gin (produced in Sheffield).
Crich Tramway is well known for its large collection of working vintage trams from the early 1900s, set within a period village with an old-style sweet shop, cafe, pub and tram depots. Visitors will be able to enjoy unlimited rides on the trams all day at this event.
Confirmed bands include Silver Sax and Crich Brass playing in the Bandstand on Saturday, followed by a cappella choir and Ignite UK performing popular songs. The Red Lion pub will host A Little Jazz performing from 11am and Stunt Double with their mix of popular music from 2.30pm in the Red Lion Pub. Stunt Double consists of Jon Alex, a professional club and corporate entertainer for over 20 years and Chris Firminger. Chris plays guitar in several bands including Firecracker, Dave Berry, Frank White, Julian Jones and Adrian Paris and his own Chris Firminger band. Chris has also recorded many backing songs for TV programme Pop Idol and has played guitar on the hit single ‘Walk like a Panther’ for Tony Christie and Jarvis Cocker.
From 5pm – 7pm on Saturday, folk band, Box O’Frogs will perform – look out for the amazing foot drum they use in their performance. Hag Farm Conspiracy takes over from 8pm until 9pm.
On Sunday, Belper Town Wind Band , Holymoorside Brass and Doveholes Brass Band will occupy the Bandstand, while the Noisy Neighbours will make themselves heard in the Red Lion Pub.
On Monday, Escafield Brass Band and Crich Brass Band will play in the Band Stand, while the Red Lion comes alive again with Sideways followed by Hag Farm Conspiracy during the afternoon.
Also on Bank Holiday Monday, the Ripley Morris Men and Ripley Green Garters will perform in the afternoon in the period street.
There’s a special entrance offer for CAMRA members for this event if they pre-book by 24th April by calling 01773 854357.
Rita’s Tearooms has a range of pies from Jacksons Bakery (Chesterfield) and delicious cakes from Peak Feast including Rolo Cake, Malteser Cake, Lemon and Blueberry and Traditional Victoria Sponge cake.
Catering Manager, Alison Isaacs, said: “Wherever possible we use local food and drink suppliers, and this event highlights this fact. The Red Lion will stay open until at least 9pm on Saturday 29th April, so that people can enjoy the event into the evening.
For more information about Beer and Bands and other events for 2017 at Crich Tramway Village, go to tramway.co.uk/whatson/list
To purchase tickets for Beer and Bands, standard admission tickets are required. To book online go to www.tramway.co.uk/tickets.