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Monday, 16 March 2015

Burton Beer Festival 2015 - Thursday 26th March to Saturday 28th March at Burton Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent.

Just down the A38 from Derby is the town of Burton, and this is where you will find Burton's 36th Beer Festival in March 2015.
The CAMRA Burton Beer Festival 2013 runs from Thursday 26th March to Saturday 28th March.

This is a great venue for a beer festival. In the main hall beers are located all around in the archways (see in the video).

There is a large stage where Martin Atterbury will perform on Friday/Saturday lunchtimes and live entertainment in the evenings by retracting the Wurlitzer organ into the opening in the stage wall.
Ciders and more beers are located down two short corridors in the Lingen room. There is also a food area serving meals and a quiet room too.

Here in my video you can watch a few tunes played by Martin Atterbury at last years Burton Beer Festival.
It features Martin Atterbury on the Wurlitzer at Burton Town Hall.

This Wurlitzer organ is from Cleveland Ohio where it was manufactured in 1921. After a fire in the Cinema, the organ was shipped to England in 1939 and installed in The Forum at Northenden, Manchester.
In 1971 the organ was purchased by Burton Council and installed in Burton Town Hall where it has been ever since.

Or use this link : Video of Martin Atterbury on the Wurlitzer at Burton Beer Festival 2012.

Here is what Burton Beer Festival looks like :
Atterbury Fest

Location :
Burton Town Hall, King Edward Place, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.

Date and times :
Thursday 26th March 2015  6pm - 11pm
Friday     27th March 2015 11am - 11pm
Saturday 28th March 2015 11am - 10pm

Admission Prices:
Thursday Free to everyone.
Friday lunchtime £2 (free for CAMRA members)
Friday Evening £6 (£2 for CAMRA members)
Saturday all day £3 (£2 for CAMRA members)

Friday and Saturday (Lunchtime)  Martin Atterbury on the Wurlitzer playing popular classics.
Friday (Evening)     The Detroit's (Burtons very own Motown and Soul band)
Saturday (Afternoon) Remedy (5:30 to 7pm)
Saturday (Evening) The Rox (8pm to 10pm)

Glass hire for all sessions is £2 returnable on departure from the festival if required or you can keep it as a souvenir.

Beer List for the 2015 Burton Beer Festival :
2015 Beer List (PDF)

Google Streetview of Burton Town Hall :
This is a view of the Town Hall showing the entrance you use for the Beer Festival.

Post Code for the venue :
DE14 2EB

Main Hall , burton town hall

Getting to Burton Beer Festival by Train:
If you are thinking of going to Burton Beer Festival by Train from Derby then it will only take around 9 to 12 minutes and will cost £7 for a day return. (or £6.50 off-peak day return)
On Friday, The very last train back from Burton to Derby is at 23:40.

Depending on where you live the cheapest option may be a Derbyshire Wayfarer as this only costs £11.10 for unlimited travel all day on train and bus over the area below :
Derbyshire Wayfarer routes covered by train and bus.

Map Location for Burton Beer Festival :

View Burton Beer Festival. in a larger map

To find the Beer Festival simply turn left out of Burton station and walk down Borough Road. You will see the Town Hall directly in front of you, a fine Gothic looking building here :

Photograph of Burton Town Hall
Burton upon Trent town hall


Wednesday, 4 March 2015

3D Animated Bookmarks by Emotion Gallery, These are amazing gifts.

Whilst in Waterstones Bookshop, something caught my eye, Initialy I thought it was some mini LCD dsiplays but then I walked over to the
display and was gobsmacked to see it was actually some very clever 3D animated bookmarks.
These are made by Emotion Gallery. The display consisted of several of these bookmarks mounted onto a rotating drum, because the angle of the
book mark was changing as it rotated it made the bookmarks come to life.

These are known as Lenticular 3D animated bookmarks, the quality of these is mind blowing.

Its hard to beleive that these are not LCD screen as the multi-frame animation looks so damn good.
It would appear that each animation is made up from several frames. The frames show in sequence as the angle of the bookmark is rotated.
These bookmarks are also available from Amazon, you can get all sorts of animated sequences.

Here is my video showing how clever these animated bookmarks look. You have to be impressed by this !