Over 40 real ales & 15 ciders from all parts of The Shire & beyond!
Great food available throughout the festival.
Live music every day from 20 live bands & musicians.
J.R.R Tolkien often visited his son John at Stonyhurst College in Hurst Green in Lancashire and it is widely believed that the beautiful countryside of the Ribble Valley and the mystical & rugged Forest of Bowland were amongst Tolkien’s influences for Middle Earth - the setting for his masterpiece novel, The Lord Of The Rings.
Tolkien and his family stayed in a guest house in the grounds of Stonyhurst College and is believed that he worked on ‘The Lord of the Rings’ in a classroom on the upper galleries of the College. His signature appears in the College guest book.
A number of names which occur in The Lord of the Rings are very similar to names found locally, including Shire Lane in the village of Hurst Green and the River Shirebourn; a near perfect match to the surname Shireburn. The Shireburn family built Stonyhurst; and might the Hacking Ferry across the River Ribble be the inspiration for Buckleberry Ferry on the Brandywine River?
“Hobbit’s would eat six meals a day if they could, with their preferences being two breakfasts as well as plenty of ale, meat, tea, bread, and cake.”
*Over 40 real ales & 15 specialist ciders from Breweries throughout the country.
Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th June 2015
Hurst Green Memorial Hall, Ribble Valley
“If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.”
Thursday 11th June to Sunday 14th June 2015
Hurst Green Village Hall, Ribble Valley, Lancashire