A POPULAR beer festival is returning to Ludlow this month.

Ludlow Brewery’s annual beer festival, the Valentine’s Ale Massacre, featuring 20 plus ales and ciders, is being held over three days from February 9 to February 11.

The event is free entry, being held during normal opening hours in the daytime, 11 am to 6 pm Friday, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm.

The event is said to be extremely popular with local beer aficionados and visitors who come to the town for craft beers and real ales from breweries both near and far.

As well as drinks there will also be street food and entertainment during the weekend with the Pizza Girls firing up the oven on the Saturday to provide a range of pizzas, while The Beefy Boys will grill their popular burgers on the Sunday.

Live comedy and music events will be held on the Friday and Saturday nights with tickets available from the brewery for the Friday Night Comedy Club, and Rock Night on the Saturday night.

Managing Director Gary Walters said: “The beer festival is one of the highlights of our year. It gives us the chance to showcase beers from independent craft breweries from around the UK, pouring everything from hazy IPAs and dessert stouts to crisp lagers, alongside a selection of local ciders.

“This year we will also have craft spirits on offer for non-beer drinkers with our hopped gin and a vodka produced by Ludlow Distillery.”