If you’re at a loss for what to do this weekend I thoroughly recommend a trip to the Peakender Beer Festival at Bakewell. Hosted by Thornbridge, this is not your typical real ale gathering, which is often a chance to drink “challenging” beers and play Hat Pipe Beard Bingo. True, Thornbridge makes real ale, but their beer festival is not a stuffy or boring place to be.
As you can see, the beautiful British Summer weather was out in full force, and rolled in early on in the proceedings. We bought ice creams from the local van (made in Chesterfield, and absolutely delicious) and hid in a marquee until the showers passed over.
It was pretty quiet and not much to do – other than stand around and drink beer. This is possibly due to our early arrival, as I hope they’d have more to entertain the kids for the rest of the weekend. Still, they were more than happy to entertain themselves in mud, and rain.
Funny how at home they seem to require lots of attention and stuff to play with, but when outdoors they let their imaginations run riot. Note to self: be outside more. In all weather. It turns out they particularly enjoy rain.
Peakender Festival is open from 12 – 11pm each day this weekend. There are over 20 beers to try, as well as cider and something called water. The street food stalls offer an enticing array of pies, roasted veggie stuff, crepes and pizza. I can totally vouch for the pies. Entry is free so long as there are tickets still available at the gate, and you can park in the municipal parking on Agricultural Way.
Take your wellies. And a mac.