Beer and music as White Bear prepares for 11th annual festival

White Bear Hotel General Manager Sue Thomas (second from right) with, from left Josh Waterton-Bailey, Sarah Pentith, John Goodyear and Sally Buckle, who are putting the finishing touches to the 11th Annual White Bear Hotel Beer Festival.
White Bear Hotel General Manager Sue Thomas (second from right) with, from left Josh Waterton-Bailey, Sarah Pentith, John Goodyear and Sally Buckle, who are putting the finishing touches to the 11th Annual White Bear Hotel Beer Festival.

Final preparations are well under way for a Masham pub’s annual music and beer festival.

Thousands of visitors are expected to descend on the White Bear Hotel for the three-day event which begins on Friday, June 22.

Real ale connoisseurs will be treated to 30 beers from breweries around the country, in addition to the full range of Theakston ales normally available.

The musical entertainment is being provided by six solo artists and bands, playing a range of differing styles, including jazz, blues and folk.

Sue Thomas, General Manager of the White Bear Hotel, said: “From what initially started out as a small scale affair 11 years ago, our beer festival has become a major three-day event, attracting thousands of people from far and wide.

“It has become a firm fixture on both ours and Masham’s calendar, and one that sees scores of familiar faces returning year after year.

“This year’s White Bear Beer Festival is our biggest and best to date. We have a magnificent selection of cask ales, including the superb beers brewed here, in Masham.”

Sue added: Our musical lineup is our strongest yet, and the six acts will have feet tapping throughout the weekend. We also have a cooper display by Jonathan Manby, the Theakston Cooper.

“It is very much a family-orientated weekend and admission is free. On the Friday and the Saturday there is a hog roast, whilst on the Sunday our chefs are cooking a barbecue.”

The entertainment lineup is as follows:

Friday early evening; Scott Adams followed by Borderline

Saturday early afternoon; Mick and Susie Darling & The Rascals

Saturday afternoon, Cooperage Demonstration

Saturday, late afternoon; The Conspirators

Saturday, 8.30pm; The Lowtones

Sunday afternoon; Mike Green’s Jazz Band