Festival of Ale and Wine
Can you believe it, the 9th year of the beer festival!
By popular demand, Alison will be again be entertaining her audiance with an expert take on the dark science of wine making, and embibing a little in the good cause of a shared experience and a little shared knowledge. This was a very popular event last year, so those who missed it should be first at the queue for a ticket. Only £5 per person and that includes the wine samples. Tickets will be available from the pub from Sat 12th August or on the day (subject to availability) Further details will be made available but for now I can tell you that the wine tastings will be on Sunday and Monday afternoon.
A few favorite events which have established themselves on the itinery will again be begging your participation. We invite all-comers to put up a four person team to challenge for the coveted title of BEER RACE CHAMPIONS. Someone has to break the reign of Lee Potterton's 'House Martins' team (shameless personal promotion Lee).
The rules are simple: Bring a full 9Gal beer cask back from Beachy Head Brewery - No wheels and no motors. A doddle right!
Of course if running over the downs carrying a beer cask is not your thing then you can allways push one up Coopers Hill on the Sunday, and if you've got any puff left we'll have that from you in the tug-o-war.
The full itinery will be published very soon so watch this space but above all. Keep your diary free for 26th 27th and 28th August, its going to be a hoot!
The Wheatsheaff Inn
The Wheatsheaf is at the heart of the beautiful flint downland village of Willingdon. the first of a chain of such villages stretching the length of the south downs. Originally two flint cottages, the pub has over the centuries been modified and extended to give us the old English pub, full of charm and character that is enjoyed by so many today.
Let's get Quizzical...
As you know, we have a regular quiz night every Tuesday from 8.30 but what you may not know is that it's SO MUCH FUN. If you've not quizzed with us before then I would absolutely urge you to give it a go. We're open to suggestions... I have been told that it can go on a touch, considering it's on a school night, so we try to finish at around 10.30, other suggestions of an interpretive dance round and a "Noel's House party" style gunging for the losing team are being considered.
To the right are some stunning artists impressions of occasional Quizzmaster Martin Hughes....the likeness is uncanny.
Come along and join in the fun!
Pop along to our Jam Night every Wednesday from 8:30pm. We have different hosts rotating on a four week basis, each with their own special talents and each with years of experience and a huge repertoire. Our hosts are: DAVE DOWLING from Howlin' Blues. Dave is an amazing blues harmonica player and though not his first instrument he plays a pretty mean blues guitar too, of course blues is always a good place to start for a good jam and Dave is always up for a jam with visiting musicians. ANDY MILLEN. Andy is a highly experienced musician, dare I say 'a musicians musician' he is an extremely adaptable and sympathetic player which makes him the ideal person to play backing for any visiting singers. PAUL WATSON. Paul is an extremely well known and respected local musician, for years he entertained as the front man in The Betties, regarded by many as the finest rock band in the area. Paul and his brother Mickey go out as the Watson Brothers and are in very high demand. Paul's passion is for a bit of silky jazz guitar but he can play pretty much anything. often accompanied by brother Mickey. And MEL HAYES, an acoustic virutoso with a huge repotoire, when paired with playing partner and award winning guitarist TERRY LEES they meld together in such a natural way, they sound like four guitars not two. You're always assured of some good music and great playing partners if you are here to play.