A popular beer festival in the North-east is moving to a different date and exciting new premises.
After five very successful years in the Town Hall in Stonehaven, the event - which attracts 2,000 visitors - is moving to a custom-built marquee in the town’s Baird Park.
The event which is staged by local beer fans will now be held in the summer instead of November.
Locals can look forward to the first Midsummer Beer Happening in Stonehaven from Thursday, June 18, to Saturday, June 20.
Organiser Robert Lindsay said: “We are going to make the festival, bigger, better and more exciting than ever, with even more beers, more music and with new ideas and attractions.
“Apart from anything else, having a beer under canvas in a green and leafy setting on a summer’s day is a real treat. It will be nice to see festival-goers turning up in shorts and shades rather than thick winter coats, hats and scarves.”
He added that the organisers felt lucky to have enjoyed enormous success and popularity in the Town Hall across the last five years and couldn’t thank people enough for their support.
He said: “However, we feel the festival has outgrown the Town Hall. We saw people queuing for more than an hour to get in the door because we always reach the hall’s capacity very quickly.
“We really don’t want to have people standing on the streets for that length of time on wet, bitterly cold November nights.”
Visitors who flock to the event to enjoy the huge range of beers and ales often commented that a bigger venue would be better.
Organisers took on board their views explaining that ‘there isn’t anywhere bigger which exists in Stonehaven,’ so the team decided to create their own for the Midsummer Beer Happening.
Robert added: “This will not only help us let more people enjoy the Happening, it will also open up exciting new areas for the festival, such as a strand celebrating good food as much as we celebrate good beer.
“It will help us develop the music and entertainment which has been key to our success.
“But we are first and foremost a beer festival, and a larger venue will help us bring to Stonehaven a wider range of beers.
Robert, owner of Stonehaven’s Marine Hotel and Six Degrees North brewery, Robert said that the not-for-profit event will continue to support the community by raising money for local charities and good causes.
He said: “The festival is very much part of Stonehaven and part of the life of this great town. We want to pay something back to everyone who supports us, not least the volunteers who make it happen in the first place.
“So please, mark your diaries now and we’ll see you at the Midsummer Beer Happening.”