If you’ve ever been to The Bowgie Inn, Crantock, you’ll already know why people flock to visit this pink pub on West Pentire headland, but a whole lot more is in-store on the August bank Holiday weekend. Their biggest event of the year - The Bowgie’s Ale and Cider Festival 2016 - will be held from 26th-29th August in support of chosen Cornish charity Cornwall Hospice Care. 

“We are all super excited because the next few weeks are going to be absolutely buzzing at The Bowgie” said Sally Pickles, Owner and Manager. “Without question, the Ale and Cider Festival is our most exciting event of the year and we hope to make it our most successful yet, raising lots of money for Cornwall Hospice Care along the way!” 

The Cornish pub does a great deal more than serve food and pull pints, regularly dedicating their time and efforts to fundraise for the charity. The connection started back in 2011 when Sally attended a local event and listened to a talk by Vicky Crossingham, Chair of the St Austell Brewery Charitable Trust. “I left feeling so inspired by what I heard, the challenges of managing work and family life and how we can all make a dif-ference if we put our minds to it” said Sally. 

Within weeks of hearing the speech, Sally had signed up to take part in a Trek to Everest Base Camp, mark-ing the beginning of the relationship between The Bowgie and Cornwall Hospice Care. “It was an incredibly emotional journey and made me even more passionate about helping the charity. On my return, I decided that this was just the beginning of my own personal support but also of The Bowgie’s.” 

In 2013, Sally organised the first Ale Festival which raised £2,260 for the charity and has gone from strength to strength ever since. “Every year, it’s bigger and better with our generous customers and visitors coming out in full force to support us, we can’t thank them enough” commented Sally. “Since 2012, we have raised over £29,000 (£29,241) for Cornwall Hospice Care with lots of different events throughout the year, dona-tions on the bar and my own expeditions.” 

In 2014, Sally put her hiking boots back on, embarking on an adventure to one of the world’s tallest moun-tains - Mount Kilimanjaro - and this year, she’s in training to tackle a 50km hike across the challenging ter-rain of the Sahara Desert. 

Tamsin Thomas is the Head of PR and Fundraising at Cornwall Hospice Care; “Sally is an absolute inspiration to us all. Her dedication and commitment to our charity is amazing and certainly makes a huge difference to our patients and their families. With little NHS funding we have to raise more than £7 million a year to provide the specialist care we offer those with life limiting illnesses. Its care we provide across a range of settings and provide free of charge to those whose lives we touch. We simply couldn’t do all that we do without friends like Sally and events like the Ale and Cider Festival.” 

“We’re so excited about our next Ale and Cider Festival, last year we raised £3072.18 and we know our cus-tomers will enjoy helping us beat that!” said Sally. “Our location overlooking Crantock beach is transformed into a festival site with a stage, marquees, food stalls and of course, a lot of ale and cider, over 60 Cornish varieties to sample and score.” 

Polgoon, Penpont, Rebel Brewery, Healeys, St Austell Brewery and Skinners are just some of the brands who will be supplying their best brews. “With the special tasting booklet we hand out to every customer, you can expect your August bank holiday weekend to be jam-packed full of fun!” 

Planning for other fundraising events this year are already underway, with The Bowgie’s Grunge Night on Friday 23rd September, James Bond Night in December and a New Year’s Eve Party, all in support of Corn-wall Hospice Care. 

“In total in 2015, we raised nearly £5,000 and it would be so amazing to beat that this year” added Sally. “You do not want to miss the event of the year...sunshine, beer, cider, food, music, great company and an unbeatable location all crammed into one mega weekend!” 

Bands/ musicians already confirmed include Big Sets, Pop Cornwall, Black Velvet Irish Band, Rowing Club Cornish Sing Song, Idle Hands, Country Mark and Cool As ****. 

With on-site parking and easy access, The Bowgie welcomes everyone to their Ale and Cider Festival, from 26th-29th August. For the latest music line-up, updates and news, visit www.bowgie.com and their Facebook page.