Cheers! Free beer festival in Lewes this weekend

The Patch Craft Beer Festival

Lewes is hosting a three-day beer festival this weekend to celebrate the best breweries and cider producers in the district, complete with live music. 

The festival is being organised by The Patch Beer Cafe in partnership with Visit Lewes at Southover Grance Gardens from Friday, October 1, to Sunday, October 3. 

The event is free but people need to book a timeslot as soon as possible as these are being taken up fast. 

Councillor James MacCleary, Deputy Leader of Lewes District Council, said: “Those who live or work in Lewes, and people who regularly visit the town, are big fans of the beautiful setting of Southover Grange Gardens. 

"This event is a great chance to celebrate and come together here outside before we hit the colder months. However if we are unlucky with the weather, shelter will be place in case of any light showers. 

"We are committed to supporting small businesses across Lewes district and proud that events such as this showcase our fantastic local breweries which are going from strength to strength.

“Some truly outstanding local beers from Beak Brewery, as well as Burning Sky, Downlands, Hand Brew Co and Ascension Cider will be on tap. Limited kegs from other regions of the UK, EU and US will also be on offer over the course of the weekend.” 

Festival times are: 

Friday, October 1, 5pm to 10pm 

Saturday, October 2, noon to 10pm 

Sunday, October 3, noon to 6.30pm 

The event is split into sessions across the weekend. To book, please register and choose a slot via

Popular street food vendors Pat’s Pizza and Real Burger Lewes will be at the festival.

Live music will be from 7pm on Friday and Saturday evenings. 

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This event has been part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund via The Welcome Back Fund.