About the Festival

At the end of June the Ploughman Hall in Willingham will be the venue for a Craft Beer Festival that promises to bring over forty beers and ciders, plus gourmet food trucks to Willingham. If you didn’t already know, craft beers are brewed in small batches by independent brewers who create everything from traditional cask ales right through to the most modern sours and lambics.

In Willingham, we punch a long way above our weight with The Bank Pub, which is one of the leading craft beer pubs in the region. The Bank frequently serves beer from some of the best-known and most sought-after breweries around the country. Jolly Good Beer is a craft beer distribution company, run by people who are obsessional about high quality beer, and who are very well known in the craft beer world. We are fortunate to have Yvan Seth, the owner of Jolly Good Beer, living in the village. Both The Bank pub and Jolly Good Beer have lent their expertise to the organisation of this event, along with a small committee of volunteers.


This year the main sponsor of the Craft Beer Festival is a well-known Willingham business: Uttridge Accounting, based in Church Street and additional sponsorship comes from Cambridge Medical Communication, on Willingham High Street. Because of the generosity of its sponsors, we expect to raise a significant sum from entrance tickets for local charities.


The festival is set up as a Community Interest Company, which is a not for profit limited company. Once all the expenses have been paid, the balance of the funds raised will be donated to two local charities.

The organisers have thought long and hard about this and have decided to support the Over Day Centre and Willingham Youth Trust. We feel that Over Day Centre is an important community service that is used by very many Willingham residents, and Willingham Youth Trust provide much-needed activities and events for a more youthful age group.