You can bank on this week­end for a fes­ti­val of fun

Rossendale Free Press - - News - CHAR­LOTTE GREEN char­­i­tymir­ @CharGreenMEN

THERE is fun a-plenty to be had in the Val­ley this Bank Hol­i­day week­end for fam­i­lies, ale lovers and fans of the weird and won­der­ful.

There are two beer fes­ti­vals, the re­turn of a char­ity fam­ily fun day and the world fa­mous World Gravy Wrestling Cham­pi­onships.

The ever-pop­u­lar gravy wrestling will re­turn to the Rose ‘ n Bowl in Stack­steads on Mon­day, Au­gust 28 to raise funds for the East Lan­cashire Hospice. Cos­tumed par­tic­i­pants will bat­tle it out in the sauce-soaked tour­na­ment.

A spokesper­son for the East Lan­cashire Hospice de­scribed it as a “wild and wacky wrestling com­pe­ti­tion in a pool full of Lan­cashire gravy.”

They added: “All our con­tes­tants get spon­sor­ship and re­ally give it their all to raise money for char­ity.

“With­out a doubt this is one of the world’s cra­zi­est culi­nary com­pe­ti­tions.”

Doors will open at 12.30pm with the ac­tion get­ting un­der­way at 1pm, at a cost of £2.50 per adult and £1.50 per child.

The Helmshore Beer Fes­ti­val, which is in its sec­ond year, will run across the whole of the week­end from Au­gust 25-28 at Kiln Clough Farm.

It will fea­ture a va­ri­ety of 32 dif­fer­ent beers which in­cludes all eight of the North­ern Whis­per Com­pany beers - and will see the launch of the Clough­fold-based brew­ery’s very first lager. There will also be food, live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment at the farm, just off Helmshore Road.

It will run from 2pm to 11pm on Fri­day, 1pm to 11pm on Satur­day and Sun­day, and 12noon to 6pm on Mon­day.

Hasling­den Cricket Club, on Pri­vate Lane, is hold­ing its fifth an­nual beer fes­ti­val from Fri­day, Au­gust 25 to Sun­day, Au­gust 27.

There will be 20 cask ales, home­made pies and live mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment and Lan­cashire League cricket on the Satur­day and Sun­day. The fes­ti­val will open from 4pm on Fri­day and Satur­day and Sun­day from 12noon.

A fam­ily fun day is sched­uled for Satur­day, Au­gust 26 at Rossendale Rugby Club at Marl Pits in aid of the Epilepsy So­ci­ety, from 2pm to 5pm.

It is free to at­tend with face paint­ing, bouncy cas­tle, hook-a-duck, wacky races and stalls. An adult char­ity evening will fol­low from 7pm till late at a cost of £15 ad­mis­sion, which in­cludes sup­per, a quiz, drag act and DJ.

Or­gan­iser An­gela Clegg said: “It’s in its fourth year but we keep chang­ing it, this is the first year we have held the evening event. Peo­ple do en­joy it be­cause there are lots of dif­fer­ent things to do, it gets a good re­cep­tion.

“We just like to help a good cause. There are quite a few things hap­pen­ing this Bank Hol­i­day so peo­ple can make a week­end of it.”

The week­end’s ac­tiv­i­ties in the Val­ley in­clude the World Gravy Wrestling cham­pi­onships and (inset) Hasling­den Cricket Club beer fes­ti­val

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