THIS year's popular Bromsgrove Beer and Cider Festival will be recognising the historic event of Neil Armstrong setting foot on the moon in July 1969.

And in a giant leap for Bromsgrove, an extra session has been added and the festival will be open to the general public from 6pm on Thursday, June 27.

144 beers plus more than 60 ciders and perries will be available at the festival, which runs from Thursday, June 27 to Saturday, June 29 at Bromsgrove Rugby Club in Finstall.

The festival charity this year will be Severn Freewheelers which provide a lifesaving service to the NHS by transporting urgently needed blood and medical requirements by motorcycle.

With the lunar landing theme and logo, Bromsgrove Astronomical Society will also be on site providing star and moon-gazing information and advice.

David Wheeler, festival organiser, said: “Volunteer members of Redditch and Bromsgrove branch of the Campaign for Real Ale who organise the event are looking forward to welcoming new and experienced beer and cider drinkers to our friendly festival. With food and entertainment it makes for a great day out."

Admission costs £10 which includes a deposit for a commemorative glass and £5 worth of beer/cider tokens.

Tickets are available from bromsgrovebeerfestival.org.uk/trade.

Full opening hours are Thursday, June 27 (2pm to 6pm card carrying CAMRA members and trade only), pm to 11pm, Friday, June 28 noon to 11pm, and on and Saturday, June 29 11am to 9.30pm.