Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival will return for another year later this month.

More than 200 tipples will be available, including 100 varieties of real ale, real ciders and perries, British craft & international beers, and mead. No- and low-alcohol varieties will also be among the offerings.

All the draught beers and ciders will be available in pints, halves, and thirds, so that you can try as many as you like.

The Comet: Hundreds of tickets have already been sold for this year's festival.Hundreds of tickets have already been sold for this year's festival. (Image: North Herts CAMRA)

The event has been taking place at Hitchin Rugby Club since 2014, and will be hosted there again from Thursday, June 15 until Saturday, June 17.

Drinks will be served in a double marquee by the rugby pitch from 5pm on Thursday afternoon, until 10pm on Saturday night, with food from a range of vendors also available throughout.

Tickets for the event, organised by the North Herts branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), can be bought in advance and hundreds have already been bought.

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A £16 ticket includes access to the festival (worth £3), a festival glass (which can be returned for a £3 refund), and £10 worth of drinks tokens.

And anybody who becomes a CAMRA member at the event will get an extra treat - two free pints of real ale or cider.

Dean Barrett, CAMRA's lead organiser for the festival, added: “CAMRA is about pubs, pints and people all year round.

"Festivals are not only our main opportunities to host many people, up and down the country, but also to bring a wide variety of new taste experiences to local venues.

"We’re a small and dedicated team who puts the festival together over many months, but we couldn’t do without the selfless help of the volunteers at the festival itself, who serve at the bars, host the guests and provide first-aid support.

The Comet: Last year's festival was a huge hit - it was the first full-scale festival since the Covid pandemic.Last year's festival was a huge hit - it was the first full-scale festival since the Covid pandemic. (Image: North Herts CAMRA)

"Local pubs and breweries support us too, some by sponsoring, others by freely promoting the festival all over North Herts and joining in as customers when off-duty. We’re delighted to be able to back in Hitchin.”

Peter Tasko, chair of Hitchin Rugby Club, said: “We again look forward to co-hosting the Beer and Cider festival at King George's Playing fields with our friends and colleagues from CAMRA North Herts.

"This is a fantastic event for the town and the area and we look forward to welcoming our visitors old and new over the weekend.”