THERE were no half measures at Haverfordwest Castle this weekend, as more than 2,000 thirsty punters stopped by to enjoy the town’s annual beer and cider festival.
The ‘biggest and best’ weekend in the event’s eight-year history, there were more stalls than ever before, a huge selection of Pembrokeshire produce, and live music across two stages.
“We took the bold step of making it larger this year, and it’s paid off,” said festival co-founder Richard Blacklaw-Jones.
Visitors travelled from across the county, and from as far afield as Lincolnshire, Cardiff, and Sheffield, for the three-day celebration of the best Pembrokeshire and Wales have to offer.
“People are coming specifically for the beer festival, so we know we’re having an impact,” said Richard.
He said the festival owed its continued success to the invaluable support of a loyal team of volunteers.
“Without them we just couldn’t do it,” he said.
“In particular Lauren Blacklaw-Jones, Alex Dilley, Adam Vincent, Mike Chivers and everyone from Core FM, Gethin ap Dafydd, Haverfordwest Museum, Pembrokeshire County Council, Alan Buckfield, the Dobsons, and of course all our amazing sponsors.”
“We have to also thank all the punters who came and drank us dry, despite Sunday’s gloom, and the amazing musicians who came to perform,” he added.
Organiser Lauren Blacklaw-Jones said it was great to see the “spectacular venue” of Haverfordwest Castle filled with people having a good time.
“We’re thrilled to see the event has become a highlight in the Welsh calendar, and a real draw for locals and tourists alike," added Mr Blacklaw-Jones.
Among the acts to perform over the weekend were Amy Bateman, Kirkhouse, and Derren Heath.
But the real show-stealers were Beneath the Reef - who got a castle-full of people up on their feet and dancing late into the night on Saturday.