Live music at Heugh Gun Battery’s Beer and Cider Festival

Pictured sampling one of the ciders that will be on sale at the Heugh Gun Battery 'Cider and Beer Festival' this weekend are (left to right) Matt Blanchard, Diane Stephens and Gareth Southcott.

Pictured sampling one of the ciders that will be on sale at the Heugh Gun Battery 'Cider and Beer Festival' this weekend are (left to right) Matt Blanchard, Diane Stephens and Gareth Southcott.

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BEER and cider fans can enjoy a tipple when a museum holds a festival this weekend.

The Heugh Gun Battery, on the Headland, in Hartlepool, is holding the Beer and Cider Festival on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, from noon to 11.30pm.

There will be live music from The Horsemen, Django Alley and Mechanical Dream Wizard who are all set to perform while others are still to be confirmed.

Event organiser Gareth Southcott said: “Our first annual open ‘Cider Festival’ weekend is a chance to taste ciders not only from bygone days, but from many of today’s modern brewers.

“We shall be demonstrating the art of cider tasting the old fashioned way, with a variety of vintage ciders and many of today’s modern ciders, all to suit every taste bud.

“So pop in and stay for as long as you can, sample the finest products in our cider fest shed.

“There will also be traditional music and a variety of fun to go along over the two days.

“There are also five different types of ale available for people to enjoy.”

The event is being sponsored by Camerons Brewery and town-based charity Red Dreams, which nurtures young people with a passion for the arts.

Money raised from the event will go towards paying for tools and general upkeep and maintenance needed at the Battery. Due to licensing restrictions, the music will finish at 9pm on Saturday and 4pm Sunday.

Tickets cost £10 and there will also be a BBQ. The entry price includes a commemorative glass and two half pints. Children are allowed in for £1.50. For more information people can either call (01429) 270746 or visit www.heughbattery.com