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playing live at
2nd Bristol Cider Festival
at Brunel Passenger Shed, Temple Meads
Friday 7th & Saturday 8th August 2009

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Bristol Revelers Drink Up Thy Cider at Bristol Cider Festival!

Thousands crammed in the Brunel Passenger Shed at the Empire & Commonwealth Museum in Temple Meads for the 2nd Bristol Cider Festival over the weekend.

Bristol, UK August 10th 2009: While hot air balloons floated overhead, over 2700 cider drinkers came through the doors to celebrate the West Country’s best-known exports – traditional farmhouse cider, and the music of Adge Cutler.

The two day festival started on Friday evening; a sell-out with almost 1000 cider drinkers quaffing from the range of over 100 real ciders and perries, and chomping their way through hot pork rolls and Somerset cheese platters. And to help them drink up thy ciders, local band The Mangledwurzels serenaded them with a full show of Adge Cutler & The Wurzels classics, as well as some new songs in the same view from the band’s second album Wurz ‘Ee II which they launched at the festival.

And there was more to come – two more sessions in fact! And some cider aficionados were happy to attend all three sessions. One ex-pat Somerset couple had travelled from London, spending the whole weekend at the festival. We were unable to ascertain how many ciders they had sampled by the end of the festival, but they left with smiles on their faces – and rather wobbly legs!

The so-called ‘quiet’ Saturday afternoon – with an extended show from The Mangledwurzels - was a massive success with more than twice the crowd of previous afternoon sessions. In fact, they drank so much cider that Marc Lilley of the festival organisers had to take a quick drive around local cider farms to restock the shelves for the evening session.

And the Saturday evening was the highlight of the weekend. Sold out in advance, with everyone ready for a cider-fuelled party, the night was quite probably the best the organisers have had to date – in more than a dozen cider festivals across the country! Hundreds of people drinking gallons of cider – and no sign of any trouble whatsoever. As The Mangledwurzels sang – “Cider is good for ‘ee!” have already confirmed three cider festivals for 2010. There will be another Bristol Winter Cider Festival at the Brunel Passenger Shed in late January with the 4th Bath Cider Festival confirmed at Bath Pavilion over Valentine Day’s weekend – and they will all be back at the Brunel Passenger Shed next August for another weekend of sun, cider and song. Tickets will go on sale in the autumn.

A host of cider drinkers pack the Brunel Passenger Shed.
Everyone having great fun at the Bristol Cider Festival
Cider on the dancefloor...
A Jethro Tool-eye view of the cider festival
more cider on the dancefloor... staff working hard at the bars...
...and the cider drinkers working equally hard
More cider drinkers enjoying themselves.
'never thought facial hair was that attractive on a lady until tonight...!'

Pictures courtesy of Barry Hewitt of Pukka Pictures;
Copyright 2009. Used with permission.

The Mangledwurzels with Mariana, Sophie and Darren, Lesley and Maria
Extreme close-up for the band with Mike Ferguson

thanks to Maria, and Mike Ferguson for the photographs

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2nd Bristol Cider Festival

Opening times: Friday 7.30pm-11.30pm; Saturday 11.00am-4pm & 7.30pm-11.30pm

Admission: Tickets £6.00 in advance; £7.00 on the door. Any unsold tickets will be made available on the door - but buying your tickets in advance is highly recommended as this sold out last year.

Tickets on sale now from the Bath Pavilion Box Office; tel: 01225 330304.

Details: The 1st Bristol Cider Festival was a great success, so have booked the awesome Brunel Passenger Shed at the British Empire & Commonwealth Museum in Temple Meads, Bristol for a repeat in 2009. On offer will be over 90 ciders and perries including award-winning ciders from Ben Crossman's, Rich's, Thatchers, Broadoak and Heck's (Somerset), Gwatkin (Herefordshire), Gwynt Y Ddraig (Wales), and Mr. Whiteheads (Hampshire) - as well as hog roast rolls and cheese platters, and a range of soft drinks for the drivers.

The Mangledwurzels will be playing a full show at all three sessions.

Promotor Info, Bath Pavilion, North Parade Road, Bath BA2 4EU

  • contact: Chris Lilley
  • tel: 01225 330304
  • fax: 01225 330304
  • website
  • email

Venue Info

Brunel Passenger Shed at British Empire & Commonwealth Museum, Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH

  • tel: 0117 925 4980
  • fax: 0117 954 4849
  • website

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