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Head on down to Hops Festival!

Celebrating another successful hops harvest, Ventnor Botanic Garden is delighted to announce Hops Festival will be taking place on Sunday 21st September.

This year, Hops Festival will be featuring a range of beers and real ales brewed on the Isle of Wight from local breweries Yates’, Goddards and Island Ales. Botanic Ale and Wight Squirrel, both made using the hops grown at Ventnor Botanic Garden shall be on offer amongst many others.

The family friendly Hops Festival also features live music throughout the day, local food and craft stalls, displays from White Falconry, a tug-of-war competition and much more. Local sporting teams, businesses and anyone else feeling strong enough are encouraged to enter a team into the tug-of-war competition, vying for a special trophy and celebratory pint as their reward. Teams of up to six people can be entered for free by contacting VBG via 855397.

Chris Kidd, Curator at Ventnor Botanic Garden commented, ‘Hops Festival has been an important, annual celebration for the Garden since we started growing hops here. We hope the sun will be shining this year and that many people will join us to celebrate our special harvest, as well as sample our very own Botanic Ale’.

Entry to the Hops Festival is free with a very special offer of six beer samples (25ml each) and a pint of choice available for just £5.

Hops Festival runs from 11am until 6pm on Sunday 21st September. All are welcome and onsite car parking is also free. For more information about Hops Festival please visit www.botanic.co.uk or contact Ventnor Botanic Garden via 01983 855397 or info@botanic.co.uk

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Notes to the editors:

– Entry to Hops Festival is free for all. Standard Admission fees apply to other areas of Ventnor Botanic Garden (wristbands required).

– Hops Festival is predominantly outdoor event. It shall go ahead unless extreme weather conditions make it unsafe.

– Full line up of live music available on the day.

– Tug-of-war competition open to people of all ages with a maximum of six people per team. Teams must be entered in advance, there is no entry charge.

– Beer sample and pint offer only available to those aged 18 and above (proof required). Payment will be taken and tokens issued. Tokens must be surrendered and exchanged for samples and pint/bottle of beer or real ale.

Hop Growing at VBG

In 2009 Ventnor Botanic Garden resurrected the hop growing tradition and now have the only fully established productive hop yard on the Isle of Wight. The hops are carefully maintained, basking in the unique microclimate of the Ventnor Undercliff, perched on the cliff top to the south of the Garden.  Every year the hops are picked by hand then dried and packaged. Botanic Ale and more recently Wight Squirrel are locally brewed ales made using the hops grown at VBG.

About Ventnor Botanic Garden

Ventnor Botanic Garden lies in the remarkable microclimate at the heart of the famous Ventnor ‘Undercliff.’ This unique garden is protected from the cold northerly winds by chalk downs. Indeed, it holds the warmth from its southerly aspect so well that, combined with the moderating influence of the sea, frost is rarely known.

With an average rainfall of 28 inches its climate is more akin to the Mediterranean. This enables a wide variety of plants considered too tender for much of mainland Britain to be grown outdoors unprotected from the elements.

No longer under the management of the Isle of Wight County Council, John Curtis is leading the Community Interest Company that is saving the garden and transforming it into a venue for local residents and visitors to the Isle of Wight to enjoy all year round.

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