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.  This year there will also be a Cocktail Theatre where top local mixologists will demonstrate their skills with hands-on classes and compete to be the daily cocktail champion.

Friday 6th June

12.30 – Cheese & Wine Tasting with 2 Pound Street

13.30 – Sherry and food sampling with Charles Metcalfe

14.30 – Neil Phillips: Celebrate Champagne with Heidsieck Monopole

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

16.30 – Discover the wonderful wines of Jackson Family Wines, California

17.30 – Neil Phillips: Celebrate Champagne with Heidsieck Monopole

18.30 – Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

Saturday 7th June

11.30 – Cheese & Wine tasting with 2 Pound Street

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 – Jackson Estate: The magic of Marlborough

16.30 – Undurraga Chile: The search for Terroir

17.30 - Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

Sunday 8th June

11.30 – Cheese & Wine Tasting with 2 Pound Street

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 – Jackson Estate: The magic of Marlborough.

16.30 – Undurraga Chile: The search for Terroir

17.30 - Beer tasting and tutoring with Melissa Cole

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.