Fes­ti­val to warm the cock­les

The Chronicle - - What’s On - By BAR­BARA HODG­SON

AN in­vi­ta­tion to wave good­bye to the win­ter sounds invit­ing – if a lit­tle pre­ma­ture – and it comes ac­com­pa­nied with a menu of ale, prosecco, cock­tails, whisky, rum, gin and vodka which no doubt will fur­ther add to its ap­peal.

The in­vite is from Beamish Hall Ho­tel in County Durham which will be host­ing its eighth an­nual Win­ter Fes­ti­val from Fri­day 25 to Satur­day, Jan­uary 26.

And any­one feel­ing a touch of the Jan­uary blues will no doubt find that the two-day boozy af­fair will help them for­get at least about the cold weather while it adds to its win­ter warmer pro­gramme a host of live en­ter­tain­ment.

The Win­ter Fes­ti­val will take place in both Beamish Hall and The Sta­bles ad­join­ing it where what it calls its “im­pres­sive drinks of­fer­ing” will in­clude sep­a­rate prosecco, gin, vodka and rum bars as well as a menu of 30 real ales and 20 ciders from a mix of lo­cal brew­eries and those fur­ther afield.

In the ho­tel’s Mon­boucher Suite there will be a big­ger fo­cus on gin this time around, plus a wide range of vod­kas and an­other ad­di­tion will be a res­i­dent DJ there, adding a disco vibe to the oc­ca­sion.

Also new for this year will be a ded­i­cated cock­tail bar sell­ing win­ter-themed con­coc­tions along­side clas­sics.

There will be 10 bands play­ing across the two days with the stage in the ho­tel’s Win­ter Gar­dens host­ing the main live per­for­mances while a sec­ond live stage in The Sta­bles will serve up an al­ter­na­tive and more in­ti­mate play-list.

The Sta­bles bar also will be open through­out and the court­yard fire-pits will be adding the ideal back­drop to en­joy a hot toddy, with the ho­tel mes­sage to vis­i­tors be­ing: “Join us at the eighth an­nual fes­ti­val and wave good­bye to win­ter in the most splen­did fash­ion.”

Beamish Hall Ho­tel is host­ing a win­ter fes­ti­val this Jan­uary

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