In the ever popular Drinks Theatre regular masterclasses and demonstrations are given by some of the most talented sommeliers, mixologists and drink experts in the country.

Here, visitors can be some of the first people in the UK to sample new products as well as brush up on their knowledge of wine, champagne, sherry, ales and spirits with experts including TV’s Charles Metcalfe, Neil Phillips better known as ’The Wine Tipster’ and beer expert Melissa Cole.

Friday 30th May

11.30 – Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

12.30 – Sherry and food sampling with Charles Metcalfe

13.30 – Neil Phillips: Celebrate Champagne with Heidsieck Monopole

14.30 – New Zealand Wines with Charles Metcalfe – The New Classics

15.30 – Errazuriz Premium Chile with Neil Phillips

16.30 – Charles Metcalfe: The Wines of Bordeaux

17.30 – Villa Maria: The Other varieties of New Zealand

18.30 – Regency Cocktail Masterclass

Saturday 31st May

11.30 – Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

12.30 – Sherry and food sampling with Charles Metcalfe

13.30 – Neil Phillips: Celebrate Champagne with Heidsieck Monopole

14.30 – New Zealand Wines with Charles Metcalfe – The New Classics

15.30 – South African Wine Stars from Kleine Zalze Stellenbosch

16.30 – Charles Metcalfe: The Wines of Bordeaux

17.30 – Neil Phillips: Spain around the regions

18.30 – Regency Cocktail Masterclass

Sunday 1st June

11.30 – Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

12.30 – Sherry and food sampling with Charles Metcalfe

13.30 – Neil Phillips: Celebrate Champagne with Heidsieck Monopole

14.30 – New Zealand Wines with Charles Metcalfe – The New Classics

15.30 – “Awatere Aromatics” from Yealands Estate Marlborough, New Zealand

16.30 – Charles Metcalfe: The Wines of Bordeaux

17.30 – Neil Phillips: Spain around the regions

18.30 – Regency Cocktail Masterclass

Entry to the Drinks Theatre is included in the ticket price. Tickets are released on the day of the festival Places are available on a first come, first served basis and entry is limited – register for free entry at the Registration Point opposite the main entrance.