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Bandstand Beer Festival

8 - 16 APRIL 2016

Nairn’s 8th annual Bandstand Beer and Music Festival takes place 8 – 16 April. 
The largest independent beer festival in Scotland, it was originally designed for ale enthusiasts, but the addition of live music and food has changed the nature of the event and today it has a much broader appeal. 
The nine day event attracts visitors from all over the UK to the seaside town of Nairn.  It has become so popular that it has outgrown its original site.
This year, for the first time, the festival will be located at two sites - the Bandstand Bar (CAMRA District Pub of the Year 2015) and the Havelock Bar.  The two pub-hotels are owned by festival organisers Gordon and Morag Holding and are located just 25 metres apart overlooking Nairn beach.
There will be a great choice of ales at both venues, but the main beer tent will be at the Havelock.   Visitors can select from 200 real ales, ciders and craft beers from Scotland, England and the continent.  Most Scottish breweries will be represented, including Nairn’s new WOOHA brewery.  There will be opportunities to meet local brewers and talk to them about their products.
Unlike most beer festivals, which are often held in large, lifeless halls, the Bandstand festival has a warm and family-friendly atmosphere.  And visitors can enjoy the full range of products and facilities of a good pub hotel (including low alcohol and alcohol free products).
Food is available all day at the festival with special festival menus and hot pies freshly made from local produce. Both pub-hotels have popular restaurant and bar menus and there will be a Hog Roast too.
Talented local and professional musicians from around Scotland entertain daily with a variety of styles from folk, Celtic to rock and pop music. This year’s line-up is especially exciting and the festival finale on Saturday 16 April includes a celebrity guest singer, whose name is being kept a close secret until nearer the date.
The festival contributes to the local community, not just because of the tourists it attracts, but also through fund-raising.  Over £8,000 has been raised so far from the festival pub quiz and raffles and from the charity stall selling branded merchandise from brewers and food suppliers.  Charities which have benefitted are MFR Cash for Kids, Nairn Highland Games and Nairn Pipe Band.
For full details of events, ale list and tasting notes see the website or follow us on Twitter #NairnBeerFest

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We offer 10 % discount off accommodation for CAMRA members.  So book your accommodation soon and make the most of the festival.

See you at the festival!

Gordon and Morag Holding
Braeval Hotel Bandstand Bar

Times may vary slightly and some more acts will be added as bookings are confirmed.  But here's the line up so far:-
Fri 8  9.30 – 12 pm  ECHO PARK
Sat 9  2 – 5 pm  DEREK SMITH DUO; 4 pm  NAIRN PIPE BAND; 9.30 – 12 pm  EZRA
Sun 10  2 – 5 pm  DEREK SMITH DUO; 9 - 12 THE POGUES
Mon 11  9.30 – 12 pm  SCONE FAIRIES
Tues 12  TBC  
Wed 13  9 – 12pm  RYAN MORCOMBE
Thur 14 9 – 12 pm  DAVY COWAN
Fri 15  9.30 – 12 pm  MAKADIN
Sat 16  6.30 – 9.30 pm  COLIN CLYNE BAND



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