BEER will be served – but on a much smaller scale - at Staffordshire Wildlife Trust this year despite fears last orders would have to be called on its popular ale festival.
The Wosleley Centre Food and Beer Festival, which last year attracted 2,000 visitors, will be scaled right down to a smaller, ticketed fund-raiser for 2014.
Staffordshire Wildlife Trust revealed last month that the future of the festival was under threat.
It followed concerns about rising costs and marginal profits and the risk of bad weather putting a dampener on it. The trust also revealed around £2,500 was needed to cover rising organizational costs and it led to an appeal for businesses to sponsor the event.
But after weeks of consideration and offers of help, trust bosses have decided the grounds of the Wolseley Bridge HQ are not suitable this year to hold an event of the size of previous years.
They have opted for a low-key event on June 20, featuring music and a bar.
Alison Rhodes, Wolseley Centre manager, said: "Staffordshire Wildlife Trust would like to pass on its utmost thanks to the generous sponsorship offers from local businesses towards the beer festival. However the trust has decided that the site is no longer suitable for an event on that scale.
"Organisers are considering how to run the beer festival for future years, while holding a smaller-scale event at the Wolseley Centre this summer."
Details of the event will be released later in the spring on the trust's Facebook and Twitter sites, as well as online at www.staffs-wildlife.org.uk.