Here at The Welly we like to welcome the changing of the seasons by celebrating all that we have – namely great music, good friends and some of the finest brews known to mankind. So grab some cheer and come join us at one of our legendary shin digs.
Thursday 3rd May – Monday 7th May
At the beginning of May we like to champion the coming of summer in a traditional manner by passing cattle through two fires and encouraging our young people to marry. Okay, not really… but we will be hosting a five-day beer and music festival including and encouraging buckets of seasonal-themed silliness.
This year we will be serving more than 30 beers from 30 local breweries including Hammerpot’s Double Helix, Top Notch’s XPA, Ballards’ Wassail and Greyhound’s White Bird. There will also be a special version of Kissingate’s Black Cherry Mild en Plus and a Dark Star’s Imperial Stout which has been ageing in our cellar since 2015 and is no longer available in bottles.
And the ‘real music’ line-up: The Cracklin’ Griffins, Jorge’s Hot Club, Cooper & Blonde’s Music Hall Memoir, Dubious Roots, The Open Mic Showcase, Shady Grove & Burning Organ. See our What’s On Calendar for more details.
BBQ Food will be available all weekend provided by EAT FOOD LOVE FOOD served on Friday 5pm-9pm and also on Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12:30-9pm
Ales of the Riverbank
Thursday 25th – 29th August
Shoreham’s annual River Fest is a fun-filled celebration of life on the Adur. Our contribution to the madness is a beer festival of mammoth proportions (over thirty real ales and ciders and five days and nights of thigh-slapping fun).
This year we are very excited to be welcoming a group of musicians from Shoreham’s twin town of Zywiec. This is following on from the highly successful trip to Poland, organised by the Shoreham Society and the Duke of Wellington in July 2015.
Not only were we impressed with Polish hospitality, culture, beer and cuisine, the trip offered the opportunity for collaboration with local musicians from Shoreham bands Shady Grove and the Risen Road. In the spirit of continuing the Town Twinning tradition, we felt it only fitting to bring a great example of Polish Podhale Folk culture to Sussex.The trip will be funded by the Duke of Wellington and Trevor Passmore of Coombes Farm. The Polish musicians will be invited to perform at venues all over Shoreham during the course of River Fest, including the Duke of course, and they will again be collaborating with local musicians for a truly European cultural experience.
Twelth Night (6th January)
Get out of that kitchen and rattle those pots and pans (quite literally) down at the Duke this Twelfth Night, where a band of costumed merry makers will attempt to revive the ancient tradition of Wassailing in their own singular style. The Wassail (‘be well’) is a drinking ritual intended to ensure a good apple harvest the following year. As well as clinking glasses of mulled cider and spiced ale, the evening will feature traditional music and song (from The Wellington Wailers and others), a Mummers play and all sorts of peculiar customs, such as the toasting of the apple tree (illustrated). Come along and join in the silliness. Good cheer, kitchen wear and silly dress all strongly encouraged.
In mourning for the apple festival which used to take place at Middle Farm, we created a comfort blanket of fire (and fire-side story-telling) and cider and music and riotous games (including welly-wanging, apple-bobbing and pin-the-tail) and lots and lots of apples. It is this time of year (October) that Pagans and non-Pagans alike mark the passing of Summer – and the end of harvest – by using up what we have (apples) and cleansing ourselves in preparation for the long winter ahead (cider). Oh, and Samhain is also the time of year when the gateway between the living and the dead is easiest to navigate so come and cheer the travellers with us (again, cider is useful here).