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J.R.R Tolkien often visited his son John at Stonyhurst College in Hurst Green, Lancashire and it’s widely believed that the beautiful Ribble Valley countryside and the mystical Forest of Bowland were amongst Tolkien’s influences for Middle Earth - the setting for his masterpiece, The Lord Of The Rings.

J.R.R. stayed in a guest house in the grounds of Stonyhurst College and worked on the The Lord of the Rings in a classroom on the upper gallery of the Halls. His signature appears in the College guest book.

Names which occur in The Lord of the Rings are strikingly similar to local names, Shire Lane in the village of Hurst Green and the River Shirebourn, a near perfect match for the Shireburn family who built Stonyhurst; and was the wooden ferry across the nearby River Ribble 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.”

*New dates for 2015

Thu 11th to Sun 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.”

JRR Tolkien

The Middle Earth Beer Festival celebrates JRR Tolkien’s connection to Hurst Green in the best possible way… after all Hobbits are well known to enjoy a glass or two of ale..!!

The 2015 Festival features:

Superb selection of 40+ real ales & ciders from all parts of The Shire & beyond!

Great local food available throughout the festival.

Live music every day from headline bands and local musicians.

Craft stalls,displays and exhibitions.

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