This was our second visit to the Cropton beer festival, the first one was entirely by accident. We had stayed at the New Inn on one occasion previously, and had decided to go back and spend a few days in the area to chill out and spend a while doing nothing much. We booked a short November break in a holiday cottage just a short distance from the pub, unaware at the time that their annual beer festival was being held over that weekend. It was a memorable visit!
It was one of the coldest weekends on record and we were inundated with snow. Beautiful at first, but as the winter precipitation continued to fall there was the very real worry that we could have ended up stranded. The adverse weather conditions severely affected the festival, people and bands couldn