Line-up revealed for popular Cheltenham pub festival
By David Wood
Where: The Exmouth Arms, Bath Road, Cheltenham
When: Friday, June 7, to Sunday, June 9
Music, ale and dog lovers are in for a real treat this weekend, when the annual ExFest returns to Cheltenham.
The festival, held at The Exmouth Arms on Bath Road, has revealed a stellar music line-up over the weekend June 7-9, as well as a search for Cheltenham's 'top dogs' in the hotly contested Dog Show in association with Vets on the Park.
The weekend will be raising funds for local hospice Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court and is packed full of an amazing line-up of live music, great guest ales and ciders in the outside bar and tasty wood-fired pizza from the outdoor pizza oven.
The festival fun kicks off tomorrow (Friday) with Union of Strings from 9pm until 11pm.
Saturday sees eight fantastic live music acts lined up to keep Bath Road rocking, with Arron Sans at 1pm, Josh McDonnell (Laggy Strides) at 2pm, The Shaggy Dog Raconteurs at 3pm, The Rockarolas at 4pm, Timeless at 5pm, The Bridge from 6pm until 8pm, Velvet Love & the Memphis One from 8pm and Kickback closing the show from 9pm.
Sunday is a day for all the family, including your four-legged furry friends, with the much-loved annual Dog Show taking place from 1pm until 3pm.
This year the search is on for Cheltenham's Best Pup (12 months and under), Golden Oldie (10 years plus), Loveliest Lady, Fabulous Fella, The Entertainer (best fancy dress, best trick or best paw shaker), Best Six Legs, Junior Handler and the Waggiest Tail.
There's face painting from Cheltenham Face Painting and entertainment for the kids and young at heart with the ever popular Music Man between 3pm and 4pm too.
The live music continues into the evening with Lewis Leighton from 4pm until 6pm followed by the Three Disagrees string band 6pm until 8pm.
Steve Hine, general manager at The Exmouth Arms, said, "ExFest is the perfect way to kick start the summer months spending time with friends and family in our fantastic beer garden, listening to great music, sipping on great ale and cider while raising vital funds for our local hospice at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court.
"We're proud supporters of the hospice and we're thrilled that over the past three years we have been able to raise money for local families needing the hospice's expert and compassionate care.
"We are always bowled over with the support we receive from local musicians and bands and, of course, from the many customers that join us rain or shine to make the ExFest such a brilliant event."
Beth Davis, a community fundraiser at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: said: "ExFest is a great weekend for all the family raising vital funds for local families needing our care.
"We're hugely grateful to the team at The Exmouth Arms for their continued support, helping us be there when it matters. Best of luck to all four-legged friends entering this year's Dog Show too - may the best pups win!"
For more information on the ExFest line up visit www.theexmouth.co.uk
For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit www.sueyrder.org/leckhampton
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