The Glastonwick Beer, Music and Poetry Festival is now well under way at Church Farm, Coombes, near Steyning.
Once again today, the atmosphere was totally relaxed with people of varying ages lapping up the sun, music, poetry, beers and food. This is such a great event, that I would urge people to at least give it a go on the final day (Sunday 3rd June).
The owners of the farm are obviously trying really hard to diversify with what they have got to offer. I suspect that quite a number of people would have come here in springtime to see and feed the baby lambs. This treat is not just for the kids as there are later in the day feeds that adults can participate in, for that animal therapy.
We had a wander in the sun around the campsite and also into the charmingly picturesque Coombes Church, which is situated immediately next door to where Glastonwick is held. There a plaque inside the church that records that the Coombes community was recorded in the Doomsday Book.
We managed to see eight of the eleven artists taking part on Day 2. Those being:
East Town Pirates (who recounted historical East Suffolk stories to the sound akin to pirate rock ‘n’ roll),
Ese & The Vooduu People (a trio based in Brixton who play electric soul),
Combat Shock (really decent Brighton based no nonsense punk band fronted by Mel),
Helen McCookerybook (absolutely charming guitar playing songstress famed for heading Helen & The Horns and John Peel favourites The Chefs),
Barnstormer 1649 (Brighton, Hove and Southwick’s sons of Renaissancecore and Baroque ‘n’ Roll headed up by Attila The Stockbroker),
Joe Solo (is a musician, writer, activist, poet and broadcaster from Scarborough),
Smiley & The Underclass (are 4 guys that play wicked and wild Dub Punk outta London).
Stage times for Day 3 (Sunday 3rd June) start at 12:15pm and finish at 5:30pm, so there will be ample opportunity for you to try some of the 80+ cask-conditioned beers, cider, perry and food that is on offer.
The event is organised by Attila The Stockbroker and Alex Hall, in conjunction with the Duke Of Wellington, Church Farm and the Ropetackle Centre and tickets can be purchased online or in person at the Ropetackle Arts Centre as well as in person from the Duke Of Wellington, Brighton Road, Shoreham (01273 389818), The Schooner, Albion Street, Southwick (01273 592991), The Evening Star, Surrey Street, Brighton (01273 328931) and Anchored in Worthing (01903 529100).
Details for free shuttle buses etc please visit: http://www.cask-ale.co.uk/beerfestival.html