Wallingford Blues & Beer Festival

Friday 9th - Saturday 10th June 2017

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10 March 2017

The Happy Few (Didcot origins) now added to Family Session

See more on the bands page

9 March 2017

Family Session line-up now confirmed:

  • Buzz
  • Eric Street Band
  • Vincent White Band

See more on the bands page

1 February 2017

Check out the evening line-ups on the \'Bands\' page

27 January 2017

Tickets now for sale on-line wegottickets.com

6 July 2016

2017 Dates: 9&10 June

12 May 2016

a month to go and the beer’s ordered. Check out the beers

15 January 2016

Tickets now available in Wallingford outlets. See Tickets page.

19 November 2015

Tickets now for sale on-line WeGotTickets

3 November 2015

on-line tickets available from 16 Nov 2015.

2 November 2015

so lucky to get Laurence Jones back as headline for Sat 11 June 2016.

1 November 2015

Wilko Johnson to headline 2016 - Friday 10 June. AWESOME.

31 October 2015

£2k give away to well deserved charities this year. FarmAbility and Blewbury Brass Band

14 June 2015

It’s official, a sell out on both nights for the first time ever. A great tribute to our 25th event.

15 May 2015

Sad news today on the passing of BB King. A great life for a great blues legend.

15 May 2015

2016 festival dates announced as 10 & 11 June

14 May 2015

T-shirts now on sale at KP and Tourist Office (see Tickets page)

9 May 2015

Come and see our stand at Wallingford Car Rally. T-shirts, pint glasses & tickets for sale

8 May 2015

T-shirts have arrived with 25th logo. Only £10

24 April 2015

Welcome back Mumbo-Jumbo (fab last year) who have stepped in to replace Stomp & Holler.

24 Mar 2015

And here we are again in the Oxford Times...

23 Mar 2015

Award winning Matt Woosey new live album just released “While the Cat’s Away”

20 Mar 2015

Great feature on the festival in Wallingford Herald 19 Mar 2015. View here

13 Feb 2015

We are supporting Blewbury Brass Band and Farmability with proceeds from this year's event.

10 Feb 2015

Tickets now on sale at KP Stationers, Wallingford Tourist Office and The Coachmakers Arms

22 Dec 2014

Congrats to Matt Woosey on his recent blues Award. We now have three 2014 winners playing next year!

30 Nov 2014

PLEASE, please... don’t leave it too late to get tickets.

We sold out in advance last year and don’t like to disappoint people expecting to get in on the door.

Book on-line or get tickets earlier from our outlets - Feb 2015

21 Nov 2014

Need a stocking filler? - tickets are now available on-line see The Tickets page.

20 Nov 2014

Our amazing 2015 line-up is sorted! Check out The Bands for details.

19 Nov 2014

Sad news at the passing of Silver Phil - a great blues event organiser from the Oxford area and an avid supporter of our festival.

2nd July 2014

2015 dates announced as 12 & 13 June. Out this in your diary for our 25th anniversary event!

6th June 2014

Excellent local press coverage. Click here

5th June 2014

Click this link for a great report on the event

4th June 2014

Oi oi! to Peter 'Do you know who I once was' Flannery without whose help we couldn't have got The Blockheads to appear.

3rd June 2014

Thomas Ford - vote for him in the Emerging Artist category at britishbluesawards.co.uk

2nd June 2014

Massive thanks to everyone who made this year's event such a great success.

The organisers, attendees, volunteers, bands, sponsors and advertisers.

There wouldn't be a festival without your devotion.

30th May 2014

Blockheads break box office - for the first time ever the festival sold out in advance of doors opening! Apologies to those we had to turn away, but tickets have been on sale since Nov 2013...


Sailor John

The Beers

(last update: 9 Mar 17)

Our selection of over 20 real ales and local cider will soon be available. Meanwhile you can see below our 2016 offering..

Alternatively The Old Coach Inn (mobile bar) will be on site again to provide coffee, tea, soft drinks, wine and spirits.

BINGHAMS - Ruscombe, Berkshire

Brickworks - ABV 4.2%

A malty bitter, chestnut in colour with a slightly nutty hint. Hops balance the maltiness to provide a well-rounded best bitter.

BRAKSPEAR – Witney, Oxfordshire

Bitter – ABV 3.4%

A superb session beer. Amber in colour with a good fruit, hop and malt nose. The initial taste of malt and the well hopped bitterness quickly dissolves into a predominantly bittersweet and fruity finish.

Oxford Gold – ABV 4.0%

English Target hops give this a remarkable aroma. Late hopping with Goldings creates a zesty aroma, a full fruity flavour and a golden colour.

HARBOUR BREWING COMPANY Cornwall (Via Wallingford)

Pale Ale – ABV 6%

American with massive citrus and tropical fruit notes, moderate malt body, and robust yet balanced bitterness.

Amber Ale - ABV 4%

A malt driven ale with caramel and toffee flavour. Finished with mild floral hops.

HOP BACK – Salisbury, Wiltshire

Summer Lightning – ABV 5.0%

A pleasurable pale bitter with a good, fresh hoppy aroma and a malty, hoppy flavour. Finely balanced, it has an intense bitterness leading to a long dry finish. Strong but tastes like a session ale.

LODDON – Dunsden Green, Oxfordshire

Hoppit – ABV 3.5%

Moderate in strength, but packed with flavour. Smooth malty body, quite bitter with the aroma and taste of east Kent Golding hops.

Hullabaloo – ABV 4.6%

Golden coloured with a strong hoppy character throughout, accompanied by fruit in the taste and aftertaste.

LOOSE CANNON – Abingdon, Oxfordshire

Bombshell – ABV 4.2%

Using only pale malts really allows the hop’s unique citrus flavour to shine unabated. Thirst quenching, tasty and the perfect beer for a warm summer’s day.

India Pale Ale – ABV 5.4%

A modern take on a classic. Packed with hop flavour but perfectly balanced and mouth wateringly crisp.

NZ Pale Ale – ABV 4.2%

A golden bitter with a secret recipe from down-under, but you won’t be disappointed from these master craft beer makers .

RAMSBURY – Mildenhall, Wiltshire

Hell’s Highway – ABV 3.5%

A traditional brown ale styled in the 1940’s to commemorate many of the men stationed nearby who took part in the allied forces operation that gave this beer its name.

Silver Pigs Stout – ABV 4.7%

Award-winning dark chocolate stout. A careful mixture of different malts with the addition of torrified wheat and three varieties of hops that combine to give a lasting bitterness and freshness.

REBELLION – Marlow Bottom, Buckinghamshire

IPA - ABV 3.7%

A copper coloured, easy drinking beer. Well balanced malt and hop flavours continue to a long, refreshing and clean finish.

Blonde – ABV 4.3%

Brewed using only pale and lager malts, giving a very light golden colour. A thirst quenching alternative to lager whilst maintaining the quality of real ale.

Mutiny – ABV 4.5%

A full bodied ruby coloured premium ale with a rich complex malt character and well balance hop bitterness and flavour.

SHOTOVER – distinctive beer from Oxford

Prospect – ABV 3.7%

A classic pale copper English bitter combining British and new world hops to give a surprisingly big mouthy-feel and a striking dry hopiness that is very moreish.

Trinity – ABV 4.2%

th a big hop aroma and intense citrus hop character that lingers on the palate. ‘Dry hopped’ after fermentation resulting in a remarkably dry and intensely hoppy beer.

TIMOTHY TAYLOR – Keighley, West Yorkshire

Boltmaker – ABV 4%

A well-balanced, genuine Yorkshire Bitter, with a full measure of maltiness and hoppy aroma - Boltmaker is first choice for the discerning drinker. 2014 Champion Beer of Britain

WEST BERKS BREWERY – Yattendon, Berkshire

Maggs Magnificent Mild – ABV 3.8%

Easy- to-drink with a good balance of malt and hops. This dark red-brown beer has a short, dry finish.

Dr Hexter’s Healer – ABV 5.0%

A strong brew with a strong flavour using a mix of three different hops to give a balanced beer with a citrus, orange and marmalade finish.

WHITE HORSE – Standford in the Vale, Oxfordshire

Blowing Stone – ABV 4.2%

The finest English Pale malt and amber malt to produce a real traditional brown beer hopped with great English Bramling Cross and Challenger.

Wayland Smithy – ABV 4.4%

Red, like the fire at the heart of a blacksmith, and balanced with buckets of aromatic hop.

WYCHWOOD – Witney, Oxfordshire

Hobgoblin – ABV 5.2%

Legendary Ruby Beer. Traditionally craft brewed with chocolate & crystal malts and a blend of Styrian, Goldings & Fuggles hops to produce a full-bodied ruby beer that delivers a delicious chocolate-toffee malt flavour, balanced with a rounded moderate bitterness and an overall fruity, mischievous character.

Descriptions kindly reproduced from brewery websites.