I am very sad to announce that it was decided by the committee this morning to postpone the event. Thankfully we hadn’t spent much money for this by this point.
Thanks to the exponential spread of the virus in the last week, the government recommending people over 70 and/or with health issues and actions in other countries, this has made things far too complicated to be able to gauge and predict how much attendances will drop or if we end up being forced to postpone anyway.
This could have potentially lead to the event losing a lot of money, even we if were to greatly reduce all the orders for beer, glasses, programmes etc.
It is a real shame not only for those on the committee who gave a lot of time and energy and worked very hard for this, but for everyone else, who had wanted to attended this event as volunteers and customers and had already paid for their travel and accommodation.
It is also regretful that we’ve had to cancel our orders for beer, glasses, badges etc, affecting the breweries and suppliers that wanted to support us.
We all hope to be able to hold this event later in the year at the same venue and we’ll keep you up to date with developments.
We’re going to have a few beers whilst the pubs are still open tonight and for the next day or so.
After that, we’ll continue working on the event so that we should be even more ready and prepared by the first setting up day.
Thank for your patience so far and carry on drinking whilst you can and stay in good spirits and health.
Woodfest 2020 Organiser and the Woodfest committee
Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood (SPBW) will be holding its 3rd Woodfest in Twickenham in ?, the first one in Greater London. It is the only beer festival in the country that serves all the real ale from wooden casks exclusively.
The Woodfest Beer of Britain (WBOB) competition will be held before the festival opens and the results announced afterwards.
There will be the SPBW shop, membership stand, tombola and up to 60 Beers from the Wood! The event will be music free.
In the beer garden there will be a barbecue with vegetarian options. Vegans and those with dietary requirements, including gluten-free, will be catered for in the pub.
Advance ticket prices for admission with commemorative programme, limited edition refundable glass and booking fee, are for SPBW and CAMRA members (card needed with ticket on arrival) £6 and Non-members £8. To avoid disappointment, ticket holders will have priority and guaranteed entry, as the venue is small. Those without tickets may only get in if there is enough room and will be charged an additional £2.
We intend to sell tickets online linking the festival Paypal account button to this page asap.
Physical tickets will also be on sale, starting at the SPBW NEC AGM on Saturday 14th March. Details of that event are on spbw.beer.
For sales at other SPBW/CAMRA events and the Turks Head, information and any questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Beers, including some from London and Surrey breweries like Brixton, Park and Twickenham are being ordered now and a list will be put up on the website asap.
The Turks Head is owned by Fullers and was built in 1902, this is a genuine street corner pub offering fine beers and food. A few minutes walk from St Margarets train station, it’s a popular meeting place for rugby fans on international weekends. The pub is now run by Ollie Colombeau, who successfully managed the Star in Belgravia previously.
The Beatles film “A Hard Days Night” saw Ringo playing darts at the bar and this was filmed on 10th March 1964. Most of the film was shot at the nearby Twickenham Film Studios. The pub has been a place of pilgrimage for fans of the fab four ever since.
Why not make your own pilgrimage to the Turks Head in ? and enjoy beers from the wood?
Aidan Kerrigan, Festival Organiser
Roger Jacobson, Committee member.