Sam's Cider Festival lifts the spirits in Winkleigh

Kylie and Chris Beardon, organisers of the Sam's Cider Festival

Kylie and Chris Beardon, organisers of the Sam's Cider Festival - Credit: Seth Conway Media

Festival goers were in full party mode in Winkleigh on last month as Sam’s Cider held their annual Cider Festival after having to postpone the event last year.  

As one of the first festivals to take place in the north of the county since pandemic restrictions were lifted, the party spirit was in full flow as nearly 500 people attended the Torridge event. 

Embracing the chance to dance the night away for the first time in a long time, the audience were treated to music by Devon band Reckless. Open sided marquess provided the outdoor festival feel whilst offering some under cover weather protection.

This is what means to be back enjoying live music with friends

This is what means to be back enjoying live music with friends - Credit: Seth Conway Media

Festival goer, Edward Knight, said: “This was a fantastic, well organised event that bought the local community back together. For many this was the first-time people had been on a night out since the beginning of the pandemic and because of the brilliant organisation and consideration by the team at Sam’s Cider people felt safe and comfortable. It was great to see the enjoyment on everyone’s faces as they let their hair down. What an amazing night!”   

The organisers, who own The Winkleigh Cider Company where Sam’s Cider is made, were overwhelmed with the response to this year’s festival with the event selling out weeks in advance.   


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Kylie Beardon, Director, said: “We really wanted to lift people’s spirits following the pandemic and after having to cancel the festival last year we were determined to make this year’s festival the best yet. What an amazing night we had as Sam’s Cider Festival 2021 absolutely rocked! Thank you to everyone who brought the party back to Western Barn.” 

Dancing the night away with friends

Dancing the night away with friends - Credit: Seth Conway Media

Dating back to 1916 and with their promise that Sam’s Cider is ‘the true taste of Devon Cider’, the team at Sam’s Cider have truly put festivals back on the menu for 2021. 

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