2018 Festival.


The Festival in 2018

We are delighted to announce that thanks to the generosity of our many sponsors, including Everards and Geo-Matters and our many bar and firkin sponsors, and the beer drinkers of Western Park we have only gone and raised over £10,000 this year! A record-breaking year for the festival. The festival provided a lovingly curated line-up of 22 real ales and craft beers accompanied by a selection of ciders, wines and cocktails, which all rapidly disappeared over the course of the festival weekend.

Action Homeless and The Bridge Leicester have each received £4,000 to support their vital work in the city and county, including emergency shelter and meals for those finding themselves homeless on our streets.

Eilidh Stringer, Funding Manager at Action Homeless, said: “Action Homeless believes that everyone has the right to a home but recognises that there is a lack of good quality affordable housing in Leicester. Thanks to the support of Western Park Beer Festival and their customers, we have more funds available to provide homes to people that need them.” She added: “By providing people with safe, stable and affordable homes, we can help them to regain their independence and lead happy and fulfilled lives.”

Steve Owen, Chair at The Bridge, said “It was fantastic to see the community, of all ages, come together during the weekend of the Beer Festival at The Hall at St Anne’s.” He added: “The money raised will help to alleviate the suffering of some of the most vulnerable in our society, which is always important, but particularly as Christmas approaches. We will be able to provide warmth, food, clothing and friendship and continue to help our guests on their individual journeys.”

The festival has also donated £1,250 to the UK Sepsis Trust in honour of a local man who developed sepsis and who, if not for the NHS and its staff, would not be here today. “It’s the generosity of supporters like the Western Park Beer festival that allow us to continue the fight against sepsis. The funds they have raised will help us in our mission to save thousands of lives across the UK by ending preventable deaths from sepsis.”, said Isabella Wilson from the Sepsis Trust UK.

A further £1,250 has gone towards the Western Ward Community Enterprise’s efforts to create a community space for everyone at the former Eco House in Western Park. “Western Ward Community Enterprise would like to say a big thank you to the Western Park Beer Festival for their hard work to create another wonderful community fundraising event. The money raised will not only benefit our own building development project to create a community space on the site of the former Eco House but shows the breadth of community support we already have when we apply for local and national funding streams.”

We are looking forward to programming 2019’s events already, and our AGM will be held from 8pm at St Anne’s on Friday 23rd November – all welcome. Get in touch or come along to the AGM if you’d like to support the festival next year.