It’s the time of year that real ale enthusiasts from Cornwall and beyond look forward to - the Falmouth Beer Festival, held at the Princess Pavilion, Falmouth from October 23 to 25.

Organised by CAMRA Kernow (the Cornwall branch of the Campaign for Real Ale) the annual festival is the largest event of its kind in the county and is always well supported, boasting a really friendly vibe.

“The beer fest is always a fantastic event,” says festival organiser, Gerry Wills. “With live entertainment and more than 200 real ales from all over the country, plus loads of fantastic ciders and perries, there’s lots to like”.

Those familiar with the event will spot the newly-created 'John Rice Bar' in memory of one of the festival's staffing stalwarts who passed away earlier this year.

Spokesperson for CAMRA Fran Brennan said: “He was a great character who absolutely loved the festivals and did so much to help make them what they are today. The branch is delighted to be able to dedicate this special bar in John’s name as a tribute to him”.

Building on the success of last year, the festival glasses are lined at a pint and at a half as ever, say CAMRA Kernow, but they’re also marked at a third.

“It’s a simple and popular way to give people the chance to taste a wider variety of beers from the range that we have.” said Gerry.