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Nottingham’s Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival location revealed for 2022 edition

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One of the city’s most popular festivals will not return to the Nottingham Castle, it has been confirmed.

The organiser of the long-awaited Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival has now revealed the location of the event this year, which will take place between October 12 to 15.

The four-day long festival will be held at the Trent Bridge Cricket Ground in West Bridgford for the second year in a row.

Steve Westby, chairman for Nottingham CAMRA, told the Post: “Back in February we were approached by the Castle Trust to see if it was possible for us to move the festival back there.”

The popular event that brings along around 15,000 people every year and was held at the Nottingham Castle for a decade until 2017, when the historic went into a major multi-million revamp.

Mr Westby added: “We went there to take a look, but the problem is that these significant changes that have been made to the castle grounds changed the layout.

“For example, you have the very large visitor centre being built where we used to put some of our marquees.

“And there is also a very good children’s playground down there, on part of the land we used to use.

“So there are a lot of areas that we can no longer use.”

The changes made to the layout, roadways and pathways would make the option of moving the festival back to the castle very difficult, Mr Westby explains.

“We felt that it just could not be the event that it used to be,” he added.

“We concluded that it really was no longer suitable to host the event there because of the new changes – so we suddenly had to discount it.”

Mr Westby has been at the CAMRA for more than 30 years, and said that the festival has a history of 45 years.

Throughout time, the event was held at different locations starting with the Victoria Leisure Centre, following which it was moved to the castle.

The popular beer and cider event was held at the Motorpoint Arena for a couple of years.

The festival did not take place in 2020 due to the pandemic, however it came back strong in 2021 with a ‘successful event at such a short notice’.

“We could not make any commitments because of the uncertainties over the pandemic.

“So we actually had two months to put the whole event together”, Mr Westby said.

“And it was a great success.”

The 2022 edition will be the second year in a row where the Trent Bridge’s Cricket Ground will host the festival.

Ahead of the long-awaited event, Mr Westby added: “Trent Bridge are very keen for us to go back for 2022.

“And we are happy to take up on their offer – it means that this year we are able to make some improvements.”

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