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Carlisle Beer Festival


CARLISLE BEER FESTIVAL @ THE VENUE, Portland Place Opening times:Thu 3 Nov 5pm - 11pm Fri 4 Nov 12noon - 11pm Sat 5 Nov 12noon - 11pm

Admission: £3 non-members; £1 CAMRA members. Free admission from 10pm Thu/Fri night and from 5pm Sat night

The list of beers available is to be found here Beer List 2016 or with tasting notes here Beer list with tasting notes. List of ciders is here 2016 Cider List.


Comedy Night at the Venue continues with Britain's best comedians.

Headliner - Barbara Nice

Janice was spotted by Peter Kay as Barbara at The North West new act final – that he had won the previous year (Other winners include Caroline Aherne John Thompson and Dave Spikey ).

He asked her to be in his new TV series “That Peter Kay thing” and she then went on to star in both series of “Phoenix Nights “ as god fearing Holy Mary .Oher Tv includes playing Peter`s mum In Coronation Street .”Max and Paddy “as Holy Mary again - Dave Spikey`s “Dead Man Weds “as Carole and BBc 2`s skating rink comedy ”Thin Ice"

Mrs. Barbara Nice is a much loved headline act throughout Britain – Mother of Five from Stockport she believes in bargains and getting the most out of life –Ergonomically correct she doesn`t drive and travels the country by National Express coach –her husband knows nothing of her burgeoning comedy career –he thinks she`s either at Bingo or dog sitting.

You're guarenteed the best night out with a woman old enough to be your mother that you`ve had in a long time“. British Theatre Stage

Hosted by Local Cumbrian Comedian - John Lebbon

Tickets - Early Bird £5/£4 NUS - Advance £7.50/£5 NUS On the Door £10/£7.50 NUS - Doors open 7pm


Alexander O'neal

30 Years of Hearsay 1987 - 2017

One of RnB’s most iconic names Alexander O’Neal invites you to join him together with his nine piece all star band in celebration of his 1987 masterpiece HEARSAY, widely regarded as one of the greatest RnB albums of all time. Spending over 2 years in the UK album charts and selling over 700,000 copies HEARSAY was certified triple platinum by the B.P.I. The album launched seven charting singles, Fake, Criticize, Never Knew Love Like This, The Lovers, (What Can I Say) To Make You Love Me and Sunshine, there are simply no fillers on HEARSAY.

HEARSAY commenced his special relationship with the UK, where he still holds the record for an African-American performer selling out 6 straight nights at Wembley arena. With his heart firmly in the music industry and a loyalty in the thousands that still buy his records O’Neal’s passion to keep his sound alive is ever present

“HEARSAY will always be Alexander O’Neal’s high water mark” – BBC Online

“One of the greatest soul men of all time” – Robert Lashley, Wordpress