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Saturday, September 05, 2009

Ulverston Beer Festival

Ulverston is a small market town in the Furness Peninsular of South Cumbria (Lake District). Once it was a centre of commerce with a busy canal transporting limestone and iron ore to world markets. Today, Ulverston is regarded as the cultural centre of Cumbria, and is noted for its regular festivals and performing arts events in the Coronation Hall.

This weekend was the Furness Beer Festival in which I decided to participate, travelling by train from my home in Askam-in-Furness. This was an opportunity to sample a range of Real Ales under the auspices of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Ulverston on a Saturday morning
in 4D
Dank. Dismal. Dreary. Drizzle.

Flags in the street market put some life and colour into the town

The Town Crier struts his way to the town square... ring his bell... cry out the announcement... let the drinking commence!

The Beer Queen is celebrated (though I trust she is drinking lemonade)

The band invites the throng to follow... the Coronation Hall.

Did you ever see so many types of beer on offer?

A Power Point computer projection scrolls through the 70 or so different ales to choose from
This was assisted by a specialist program Windows for Drinkers
which can be downloaded free as a plug-in from the Microsoft Website.

The Coronation Hall fills up with Real Ale fans.
The last time I was here was for a performance of Verdi's
La Traviata!

After the festival, Ulverston Railway Station waiting for the train home.
There's a lot of wrong directions on that lonely way back home

Please click on the image for your entertainment!


Blogger lorenzothellama said...

Ooo, how much did you have then? I trust it was nice and room temperatureish?

7:15 pm  
Blogger willow said...

I'll take a pint! That spiffy town crier looks a bit like Michael Gambon.

Thanks for sharing your enjoyable day with us, Maalie.

7:16 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

I sampled 9 different kinds of real ale. But since the glasses were calibrated in thirds of pints, that amounts to a relatively modest three pints.

7:39 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry I cannot get there this year.

If you take the train in the other direction to the Green, on a Friday night, it is pretty much a mini-beer festival every week with generally 9 beers on hand including the CAMRA silver medal winner "Freddy". The Punch Bowl is the brewery tap for Beckstones Brewery.

On Thursday nights, the range is pretty good as they are setting up for Friday, but if you get there before 6-15, there are marvellous fish and chips from Pip's van.

As you would expect there is a lot of estuary talk and detailed conversation on wildfowling, which may or may not appeal!

Jon (of the Hill)

8:43 pm  
Blogger Maalie said...

Jon, I will try to get there some time. I would probably drive round and then camp in the back of my X-trail for the night.

Would you like to send me an email to



10:44 pm  
Blogger Jenny Holden said...

Oh, I wanna go home...
Missing Ulverston a lot now!

10:46 pm  
Blogger simon said...

real ale? oh! I remember what its like.... Nice post mate. Still drinking mine at room temperature..

12:30 am  
Blogger Charles Gramlich said...

Now there's a festival I could sink my lips into.

6:34 pm  
Blogger Ted M. Gossard said...

Now that looks interesting, and fun. And it makes me thirsty; I haven't had one in awhile.

8:42 am  
Blogger Shrinky said...

Oooh, hubby would weep to see the fine selection of pumps he missed out on a-sampling! I loved your interpretation of "4-D", 'tis also sadly true of my little island today.

12:29 pm  
Blogger lorenzothellama said...

He doesn't look a bit like Michael Gambon!

5:46 pm  
Blogger sparrow said...

Thanks for visiting my blog Maalie. I know Ulveston quite well, as my best friend at uni was from there. I am a Yorkshire lass myself, and managed to travel the world before ending up at the bottom end of in in NZ. Love your pictures and your 4D comment, which accurately describes my town today.

7:09 pm  
Blogger Halfmom said...

ah, now if I only fancied beer!

3:52 am  
Blogger Ellee Seymour said...

I am a non-beer drinker, but can appreciate why this is so special for you. I like all the pomp and ceremony.

8:17 pm  

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