BELLFEST – a three-day charity music and beer festival at The Bell Inn, Watchet – is back for its fifth year next week (August 18-20).
It originated as a single day of live music and has now evolved into a weekend extravaganza of music and local ales and ciders.
All proceeds will be split between Alzheimer’s Research UK and local charity Elliot’s Touch.
On offer will be local ales from the likes of Exmoor Ales and Butcombe Brewery, plus more from further afield, ranging from dark porters to straw-coloured summer ales.
There will also be local traditional ciders from Thatcher’s, Sheppy’s and Rich’s.
A host of talented local musicians will be out in force, kindly volunteering their time to perform music including rock and pop, acoustic and folk.
The festival bar, which is to be run by local volunteers, opens from 6pm on Friday evening and 12pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The Bell Inn is a keen supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK, having previously run quiz nights and skittles competitions for the cause.
Chef Adam Taplin has also run two marathons and raised thousands of pounds for the charity.
Two years ago, The Belldecided to split the proceeds with Watchet based charity Elliot’s Touch. Set up in 2015 in memory of Elliot Stevens, who died aged 13 months, Elliot’s Touch aims to raise awareness of childhood cardiomyopathy and mitochondrial disease and has to date raised over £70,000 to fund vital research.
A programme of musicians and list of beers and ciders can be found on The Bell Inn’s website.