Make a note in your diary for Friday 30th September to Sunday 2nd October 2016. Plans are already well in hand to present you with 60 ciders and 30 ales for your delight and delectation.

Friday tickets are still on sale from The Mill, The Rack of Ale, The Lanes and The Thirsty Scarecrow

Saturday and Sunday tickets will be available on the gate only on the day.


 When You Arrive

You will be asked for your ticket (Friday) or asked to purchase a ticket (Saturday/Sunday).  You will then be offered a Festival Starter Pack for £10 which consists of a Festival Glass (£4) and 4 x 1/2-pint tokens (£6).  Each token costs £1.50 and is worth 1/2 pint of cider or beer - that's just £3 a pint for the 7th consecutive year.  Any unused tokens can be refunded. The festival glass is yours to keep or you can claim a refund (£4) for undamaged glasses.

Main Event Sponsor

Baldwin Salter Plumbing and Heating is a fast growing company that has been operating for over ten years. We work within Kent, priding ourselves on being able to provide a high-quality, professional service to our clients at an affordable and competitive price, and being able to handle anything, quickly and efficiently.

Crabble Corn Mill Trust are proud to have Baldwin Salter as this year's main event sponsor.
We wish them every success for the future.


3pm - 6pm - ADE & FRIENDS
8pm - 11pm - WHO’S BRIAN ?

Noon - 5pm - THE BOTTLES


Food and Beverages

From the BBQ in the Yard:

Burgers and Cheese Burgers, Hot Dogs

From the Café in the Mill:

Chicken or Vegtable Curry with rice or chips
Hot beverages and soft drinks
Wines and Spirits will be available from the bar

We would like to thank the following companies and individuals for sponsoring this year's event:-

A J Fletcher Builders Ltd Dover White Cliffs Royal British Legion (3700) Pure Cleaning Services
A Kennedy Financial Services Ltd Edward Wright & Son Electrical Power Engineers Rack of Ale
Accommodation Shop Equip Scaffolding RAOB
Ansell Property Gateway Camera Club Relyon Group
Baldwin Salter - Main Event Sponsor Geordie & Scouser River Foot and Nail Care
Ben Skelton & Julian Holmes Hollis Motors South East Kent Chimney Sweeps
Beverton & Co Accountants Independent Window Systems Spar London Road
Boars Head Public House John Youden & Son St Peters & St Pauls Church
Burnham House Vets K D Contracts Startrite Heating & Plumbing
Cannon Hygiene Kent Cables Stelline Interiors
Casey Engineering Kevin Ulyatt Property Maintenance & Handyman Tersons Estate Agents
Castle Cider Company LMS Painting & Decorating The Bull Inn Public House
Coeval Fires Ltd Marissa Dainton & Dave Randall The Friends of Crabble Corn Mill
Coversure Mascarada Fancy Dress The Lanes Micropub
Cox & Hammond Tree Surgery N.T Rix Scaffolding The Thirsty Scarecrow
Dave & Ann Goymer Nick Flynn (Chairman), Dover Pool League War & Peace Battle of Britain Experience
Davis Davis Design Pestaway Ltd War & Peace Great War Trench Experience
Dom & Malc Sharp Pete McCue Property Maintenance Yummy Chinese Takeaway
Dover Demolition PTLS Enviro Coastal Energy


Festivals at Crabble Corn Mill

The beer and cider festivals held at Crabble Corn Mill were first prompted by the need to raise funds for the renovation and upkeep of the mill during a particularly lean period in our ability to raise these funds, and finding the right sort of event that would appeal to a wide audience.  It was felt that bread and beer or cider were a natural and historic combination according to our research.  Our first festival, in 2004, was very much a small-scale experiment with only 8 beers and no cider; in fact we didn't introduce cider to the beer festivals until 2006 and our first cider festival, as a separate event, was in 2008.  This first cider festival was held as result of the increased popularity of cider, especially in Kent, although these were only core ciders - sweet, medium and dry - with the fruit and flavoured ciders added in later years.  Beer, too, has increased in popularity and variety since the micro-brewery revolution, with craft beers and ciders becoming increasingly popular across the country.  The introduction of the micro-pub concept in 2005, as result of the 2003 Licencing Act, spurred the growth of the micro-pub movement.  Crabble Corn Mill has attempted to further promote this innovation by including many of these craft products in its festivals.

Hosting any major event requires some fairly major up-front funding and our festivals are no exception.  The Crabble Corn Mill Trust did not, as does not, have the financial backing to set up such an event without resorting to external funding and the Trust will be forever grateful to the many sponsors that have come forward year after year to enable these events to take place and flourish.  The only limitation imposed on the festivals now is the lack of space to expand and the legal limitation to the number of visitors that can be on site at any one time.

What It Takes to Organise

The most important decision, in the early days, was when the festival should be held.  It was felt that there was a need to hold the event at a time when there was the least likelihood of clashing with other local events but also to take into account the possibility of inclement weather as the event is not held exclusively indoors - there just isn't the space in the mill to do so.  The Trust settled on the late May bank holiday as the best time and this subsequently became set in stone in the calendar.  Much the same process resulted in the Cider Festival being set at the end of September or early October and coincides with the annual apple harvest.

With the dates set the next problem facing the organisers was what beers and ciders to include in the menu.  This can be a massive task in itself when you consider just how many beers and ciders are potentially available at any one time - well in excess of 10,000 according to one of our suppliers.  There is also a balance to be struck between presenting new beers and ciders as well as some of the more traditional ones.  Our early festivals only featured Kent products but this has subsequently been expanded to include the whole country.  It is no easy task by any means and takes at least four months to produce the preliminary selection after considerable research into what is going on in the market, what's good and what's not.  The team are influenced by reports from some the country's biggest festivals - not least The Great British Beer Festival held each year at Olympia.  The selection invariably gets changed as some products become unavailable due to seasonal variations and cropping levels of the core ingredients - be that grain, hops or apples - or the general business environment (even brewery's can go bust).  In latter years the team have often started on the next festival before the previous one has even been held!

There are also other things that need to be organised in good time such as entertainment.  The groups of musicians often need plenty of notice if we are to get the ones we want as they can be booked up months in advance.  Advertising can take quite a bit of effort with posters and flyers to design, print and distribute not to mention the sponsors packs and tickets.  We need to design a festival logo and get the beer glasses ordered.  Additional volunteers need to be sourced in good time too, before they book up their holidays.  The Trust relies to a great extent on The Friends of Crabble Corn Mill to provide the core team of volunteer helpers - and with an event lasting three days it is no mean task to organise who is doing what, where and when.

The final fortnight or so before a festival gets really frantic at times. Ticket sales for the Friday of the festival usually go on sale about 4 weeks before with a steady flow being sold on-line and quite a number of people buying direct from the mill.  Catering supplies need ordering - how many burgers and buns?  The site itself also needs to be prepared to accept a large number of visitors.  The lawn needs mowing (again) before the garden marquee can be erected, the yard area needs a good tidy up and sweeping before the marquees can be erected there. The BBQ area needs a good clean up and the counters installed.  Right up to the last minute there is the worry that something has been forgotten.


Places to Stay

  within 10 minutes walk of Crabble Corn Mill

Beulah House Guest House

94 Crabble Hill, Dover CT17 0SA
Phone:01304 824615

Crabble Hill House Guest House

35 London Rd, River CT17 0SF
Phone:01304 820251

Heather's Woodlands Guest House

29 London Rd, Dover CT17 0SF
Phone:01304 823635

Wheels of Time

Crabble Corn Mill is participating in this initiative to promote the museums of Kent to a younger audiance.
Wheels of Time is a partnership of museums and heritage sites in Kent developed to promote education in history and heritage among young children.
This purpose is achieved by running a scheme to encourage children, between the ages of 5 and 11, to visit museums and heritage sites in Kent.

Visit the Wheels of Time website to learn more about the scheme.

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