Hartlepool Rugby Club’s Annual Hootenanny and Beer Fest was back and bigger than ever over August Bank Holiday after it was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID restrictions.

The sold-out festival, held in aid of Alice House Hospice, took place on Sunday 29 August at Mayfield Park, home of Hartlepool RFC and attracted over 900 attendees who helped to raise around £9,000 for the local charity.

The event offered a wide range of beers, lagers, stouts and ciders and featured live music  all day from Fizzy Fish, Pek & Wanley, Dan Donnelly, Dig the Old Breed, Chris Don and DJ Fake Charles. Caterers, Napoli Pizza and Robinson’s of Wingate were also on hand, serving up hot food throughout the day.

In addition to ticket and beer sales, fundraising on the day included a raffle for beer hampers donated by Cameron’s Brewery and 18 of the beer barrels were sponsored by local businesses, families and members of the club. The event cups were sponsored by Exwold Technology and the generators used to power the festival were sourced by Seymour Civil Engineering.

Greg Hildreth from Alice House said “It was the most well attended and successful beer festival so far; it was great to be back after missing last year’s event and so good to see so many people having a great time and supporting local Hospice patients.

Thanks go to all the businesses who supported, everyone who bought tickets, sponsored or volunteered, the bands and Fake Charles, food vendors and of course everyone from Hartlepool Rugby Club, whose support as always was tremendous. Special thanks go to Liam Lester and Lee Dodgson from the club for all of their hard work and generosity.”

Liam Lester from HRFC, who also works for Cameron’s who support the event said “The club has a long standing relationship with Alice House and have worked together very successfully for many years. The Beer Fest has now become a flagship event which brings both of our organisations together as well as hundreds of local people raising money for a fantastic cause.”

A great selection of photos from this year’s event can be viewed on the , taken by volunteer photographer Graham McCarroll.

Next year’s beer festival is already booked for Sunday 28 August and is expected to sell out again. A limited number of early bird tickets are available, still at the 2021 price of £15 per ticket to pre-book at

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Hartlepool Hospice Ltd (known locally as Alice House Hospice and formerly Hartlepool & District Hospice)
Registered office: Alice House, Wells Avenue, Hartlepool, TS24 9DA.