Now in its fifth successful year Beer and Bluegrass is proud to bring you the very best in Bluegrass and Americana.
The Festival is set in the secluded grounds of Victoria School. The main stage is set within a natural amphitheater with a woodland backdrop and the stunning ‘Claremont’ a Victorian former convent overlooking the Festival.
We are located on the South Coast of England between the towns of Poole and Bournemouth and only minutes away from the finest beaches in the UK and with easy transportation links.
Come and visit Beer & Bluegrass, one of the best small Festivals in the UK.
Line up - beer & bluegrass 2019
Appearance Times TBC
Appearance Times TBC
...and previously 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018
Bluegrass Discovery – THURSDAY Evening 25th July
On the Thursday before Bluegrass weekend we will be hosting 'Bluegrass Discovery' with FREE events scattered around Poole and Bournemouth featuring many of our Top Artists who will playing over the weekend. This is where you can sample the flavour of the Festival. These events are very popular will be FREE, we recommend you get there Early !! – All events commence 8pm approx.
Bermuda Triangle - I See Hawks in LA + support Ashley Cross Poole BH14 0JY
Firkin Shed – Rachel Harrington Band 279 Holdenhurst Rd, Bournemouth BH8 8BZ
Barking Cat - Bog Standard String Band - Ashley Rd Parkstone Poole BH14 9BY
We are proud of our reputation of bringing top quality artistes to Beer and Bluegrass each year, and many of these are first time visitors to the UK.
Our music is based on the roots of Bluegrass so incorporates many acoustic styles. On both evenings we hold closing night ‘Jams’ where many of the acts take the stage and join together ‘Bluegrass Style’ singing around a single microphone to close each evening. The results are breath-taking and totally unique, adding a very special atmosphere to the Festival.
REAL ALES & CIDERS
Both Winners from 2018, Great Western Brewing with 'Apricot Blonde’ and Meon Valley Cider with ‘Gribble’ are back on the bar.
We always spend a good deal of time selecting the very best of Beers and Ciders from top craft brewers, locally and further afield. In 2017 we had some ‘rare visitors’ Farmageddon from Northern Ireland including the infamous Gorse and Anzac. The Hanged Man and North Coast Voodoo from small batch surfer brewer Justin from the Madrigal Brewery in North Devon. Also Dark Revolution, Tapstone, local boys Brewshack, Hattie Brown and 8 Arch. Ciders, all the favs plus Silly Mo from Sussex, and Meon Valley and Bumble Bee ! so watch this space for the 2019 Collection.
Meet the Guest Brewer - on both Friday and Saturday
Meet the Guest Cider Maker - on Friday Night
Our Festival food is hugely popular. Friday night kick off with top quality burgers and sausages from Keating’s the well-known local Wimborne butchers.
On Saturday there is a double Hog Roast from Jackie and Anthony, our farmers from Somerset. If meat is not your thing then dip in to Trisha’s Veggie Chilli and Baked Potatoes or mix and match the choice is yours!
So forget the hamper it is all here, home cooked and super fresh!
Please note this is a non smoking venue.
Ticket prices will remain the same great value as 2018.
Children are FREE to enter if they are no higher than the tallest parent's shoulders, otherwise normal ticket price. Children under 18 are not admitted without a parent.
Dogs - Well behaved dogs are welcome but must always be a lead.
Strictly no admission without a Ticket or Proof of Purchase - No refunds on door.
Disabled Access – Although Victoria caters for disabled people there are some areas of the Festival site which are NOT wheel chair friendly, please contact us in advance if you or another visitor is disabled and are planning to visit us, so we can make prior arrangements for your Festival visit to make your visit a pleasure.
All tickets include a FREE Festival Glass and Programme !
Friday 26TH July 2019
Saturday 27th July 2019
Weekend Saver (fantastic Value) for both days £25.00
ON THE DOOR AND lOCALLY
2019 looks like the busiest year yet, so we cannot promise Tickets on the Door.
Due to the popularity of Beer and Bluegrass, it’s a first come, first served basis. Please Buy in advance at the Poole Tourism office just off Poole Quay (No Booking Fee) or All Hail the Ale - Queens Rd Westbourne & Firkin Shed - Holdenhurst Rd Bmth ( No Booking Fee ) and of course our excellent online partners
Stewarding – If you have Volunteered of been a Steward at another Festival and would like to join our happy team please drop us a email with your details and experience firstname.lastname@example.org we would love to hear from you.
Info & LOCATION
Victoria School and Gardens
‘get There anyway you can’
Please note this is a non smoking venue.
We encourage the use of public transport and we are fortunate that Victoria School and Gardens Branksome Poole BH13 6AS is very accessible by railway and bus. Please download Map of venue here.
Just two minutes’ walk away, Branksome Station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth mainline. Upon exiting the station car park, cross the road and walk past Lidl in St Aldhelms Road and Lindsay Road is ahead of you. Cross at the pedestrian crossing and the entrance of Victoria School and is on the opposite side of the road. Signs will guide you to the Festival.
Again a short walk away. The bus stop is Branksome (Tesco) and is outside St Aldhelms Hall BH12 1AD. More Bus (M1 & M2) and Yellow Buses (1/1c/18) from/to Poole to Bournemouth town centre run every 2/5 mins from Bournemouth to Poole Bus Station.
Bournemouth and Southampton Airport are both served by low cost airlines. The advantage with Southampton is that the rail station is a short walk from the Terminal, and then by taking a Weymouth bound train Branksome station is less than an hour away. If you fly into Bournemouth take the Yellow Bus 737 to Bournemouth Rail Station then train to Branksome.
Our Taxi partner is United Taxis, one of the area’s biggest fleets with an excellent service and also have seven seater taxis for groups. When you leave there is a Freephone Taxi Call button at the Tokens desk, the Taxi will then collect you from the main Entrance.
We strongly ask you not to Drink and Drive, but for designated drivers Victoria School is on Lindsay Road BH13 6AS and has ample parking. There is a one way system in operation. Enter follow signs from the main entrance and further signs will direct you to the Festival Car Parking. Please do not park in Lidl or other private car parks!
The Festival is situated in a natural amphitheater, some people prefer chairs and while we do provide a limited number of chairs if you do want to bring your own please make them the small folding type.
CAMPING OR ACCOMMODATION - UPDATE
There is NO camping at the Festival.
If you want to camp there are several camp sites but none close by. As last year we have agreed with our friends St Leonards Farm Park, Ferndown BH22 0AQ they have a special rate for campers going to the Festival. This is an excellent park quote ‘Beer and Bluegrass’ and please book in advance!
There are dozens of Hotels close by but if you are after a reasonable stay we would suggest Premier Inn Westcliff Poole Rd, BH2 5QU (approx 15min walk) or the newly built Travelodge Poole Hotel Holes Bay Road, Poole BH15 1LS. This is right opposite Poole Rail Station and two stops away from Branksome Station. If you are travelling from outside the area please contact us and we will give you guidance.
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