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Beer festival expands with more cider, wine and gin

The CAMRA North Sussex Equinox Beer & Cider Festival returns to the Drill Hall in Horsham on the first weekend of March, with over 50 ales and 20 Sussex ciders, along with local wine and gin from Bolney Vineyard.
Organisers have announced several changes this year:
“Firstly, the team from Bolney Vineyard will have a stall at the event, selling their range of still and sparkling wines and gin.
The second big change is that there will be a bigger selection of cider this year, as we will be judging the CAMRA Sussex Cider of the Year during the event.
We also have a couple of special beers brewed for the event, brewed by the CAMRA organising team with lots of help from local brewers Chapeau and Kissingate.
Finally, we will be offering a £1.50 refund this year if you return your festival glass when you leave, as requested by a number of our festival regulars.
Times are the same as last year, with a Friday evening session from 6-10pm, followed by two sessions on Saturday, from 11.30 through to 4.30, and then from 6.30-10pm. We have ordered enough beer to ensure that there should be a decent range all the way through to 10pm on the Saturday.
There are some tickets left for the Friday evening and Saturday evening sessions, which will be available on the door, from the Anchor Tap and Malt Shovel pubs in Horsham, or can be reserved by email to camra.equinox@gmail.com. Please also send an email to that address if you are looking for a ticket for the sold-out Saturday afternoon session, as there are usually a handful of returned tickets available, or if you have a spare ticket as we will happily buy it back from you to then re-sell it.
Tickets for Friday March 6th are £6, Saturday 7th afternoon tickets £8, and £4 for the Saturday evening.  For CAMRA members, the entry price includes a free pint, on presentation of your membership card.  If you are not a member, you can join on the evening and get two free pints.
We have again got our hands on a cask of two-time beer of the festival winner Cerne Abbas Gurt Coconut Rum Stout. For a full beer and cider list, please go to our website www.northsussex.camra.org.uk.
As in previous years, we will be raising money for a local charity during the festival, with the Samaritans of Horsham & Crawley chosen as our charity for 2020. We will be hoping to beat our record of £650.
Finally, you may be aware that the Drill Hall’s future remains in doubt, despite the recent decision by Horsham Council to halt its demolition for 2 years while they conduct feasibility studies.  If you have not already done so, please consider signing the petition to Save the Drill Hall at https://www.change.org/p/horsham-district-council-save-horsham-drill-hall, where there is information about the Council’s plans.
Cheers, and we hope to see you there.”

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