Seasonal Events

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.


(usually held in May)

green manAt 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, serving more than 30 beers including Kissingate’s Murder of Crows, Cloudwater Porter and one off casks from Downlands, Gun, Brewstudio, Hammerpot and more. You can expect 15 classic beers alongside 15 modern brews and 10 ciders

And the ‘real music’ line-up: Oh Mama!, Buffo’s Wake, Will Symes, Buddha Triangle, Laura Ward & The Risen Road, Vintage Hot 5, Curst Sons & Voodoo Kitchen.  See  our What’s On Calendar for more details.




(Usually held over August Bank holiday weekend) 

river festShoreham’s annual Riverfest 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’s line up TBA

2018 we hosted: 

Thursday 23rd @ 4pm – RIVERFEST LAUNCH –  TRADE DAY – Get your own Welly Festival glass and have a chat to some of the brewers of the fine ales on offer accompanied by relaxed Jazz from the house band
@ 9pm – RIVERFEST – TV SMITH – TV Smith was founder member, singer and songwriter for the Adverts, who formed in late 1976, and became one of the leading bands in the first wave of British punk rock
Friday 24th – @ 9pm – RIVERFEST – DUBIOUS ROOTS – a British Ska / Dub / Reggae / Funk/ Rock band based in Brighton
Saturday 25th @ 4pm – RIVERFEST – SHADY GROVE – Take the song-writers from the Risen Road & Porchlight Smoker, put them in a blender, add fine fiddle, bass and percussion and you get a Shady Grove Gateaux
@ 9pm – RIVERFEST – SPACE AGENCY – Formed by ex Vibrasonic member Simon Jones from England, Hiromi Jones from Japan &Andrew Bowler from Wales, they have released 4 albums of their unique, out of this world Instrumental Sounds
Sunday 26th @ 3pm – RIVERFEST – JOHN CRAMPTON – Blues adapted and evolved with an eclectic mix of flamenco, west African juju slide, country and punk
@ 8:30pm – RIVERFEST – THE WESSEX PISTOLS – All the Punk Hits (and more) Hillbilly Style guitar/mandolin/squeeze-box/double-bass/fiddle/stand-up drums
Monday 27th @ 4pm – RIVERFEST – VOODOO KITCHEN – Dr Bob Brookes & Prof Dave Minns – with many guest artists play Country Rock, Country Blues, Country Old Time, Country & Western

BBQ Food will be available all weekend provided by EAT FOOD LOVE FOOD served on Friday 5pm-8:30pm and also on Saturday, Sunday 1pm – 8pm and Monday 1pm -5pm


Twelfth Night

toasting the treeGet 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. Come along and join in the silliness. Good cheer, kitchen wear and silly dress all strongly encouraged.