The second Baytown Beer Festival at the Victoria Hotel in Robin Hood’s Bay is to be held between Friday 2 December and Sunday 4 December 2016. It will run as part of the village’s annual Victorian Weekend.

Hosted by the Victoria Hotel, in conjunction with local company Baytown Beers, the festival will showcase local ales. Baytown’s beers will be available in cask together with a range of ales from in and around the North York Moors National Park.

Organiser Beverley Rutherford, general manager at the Victoria Hotel says; “Entry is free and we aim to run a festival that will please real ale connoisseurs and people wanting a fun day out. Being part of the Victorian Weekend means that visitors can take part in all sorts of great events and then retire to the beer festival for a well earned pint.”

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At noon on Saturday 3 Dec from the dock, Paul Johnston of Baytown Beers will be leading a one hour smugglers walk around Robin Hood’s Bay with proceeds going towards local good causes.

The Victoria Hotel provides the perfect venue for a winter festival. It was purpose built in 1897 and offers superb views over Robin Hood’s Bay from its cliff top location. Facilities include a large bar with real fire, sea view restaurant and tea room.

The Baytown beer range is available in 500ml bottles or cask and keg and all drinks are named to commemorate the key characters of Baytown’s 18th century smuggling times.

Baytown Bitter at 4%abv is named after the 18th century locals’ name for Robin Hoods Bay.  Smuggler’s Haul is a 6% strong bitter with Squire’s Connivance a 5% Porter. Press Gang’s Arrival is a 3.8% pale ale, Revenue’s Revenge is a 4.2% premium lager and feminine wiles are celebrated with Petticoat’s Deceit a 4% premium cider. Whitby Heritage is a 4.4% ruby ale which celebrates Whitby characters captured on camera by Frank Sutcliffe in the 19th century.

The Robin Hood’s Bay Victorian Weekend is now in its 23rd year. It takes place between Friday 2 and  Sunday 4 December. It brings dozen’s of visitors in period costume to the cobbled streets of old Baytown for three day’s of traditional festive fun.

Highlights this year include ‘balls down the bank’ and King’s Beck duck race. There will also be an open house scheme which allows visitors a rare glimpse inside many of Bay’s 300 year old cottages.

Regular favourites include carol singing round the Christmas tree in Bay dock and performances by Dr Busker.

The streets of old Robin Hood’s Bay will be decked in traditional bunting, lighting and Christmas decorations, with the village’s unique seasonal atmosphere being created by many visitors dressed in period costume.

Beverley Rutherford at the Victoria Hotel can be contacted on 01947 880205 and Paul Johnston of Baytown is on 01947 880513.

Baytown Beer Festival is supported by the North York Moors National Park Authority through its Local Distinctiveness and Tourism Grant, which funds projects that make it easier for visitors to enjoy the area’s local distinctiveness.


9 November 2016