A COMMUNITY beer festival is aiming to smash its fundraising target as it returns for the 33rd year.

First launching at Formby Hall in 1990, the Bent n Bongs Beer Bash has delighted countless guests over the decades, with its wide selection of ales, food, and live entertainment.

Taking place every year apart from a two-year period during the pandemic, the festival has been organised by committed members of the Atherton and Tyldesley Round Table, and more recently the Bent n Bongs Charitable Trust.

With a wish to bring people together and raise money for vital causes, the committee members have helped to raise more than £494,000 over the past 23 years, and hope to smash the half-a-million pound mark this year.

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Leigh Journal: The festivals have been going strong since 1990The festivals have been going strong since 1990 (Image: Bents n Bongs Beer Bash)
Moving to Atherton Roller Rink after Formby Hall was demolished, the festival has grown from providing a limited number of cask ales to a huge variety of drinks.

With help from the Wigan CAMRA branch, the festival now provides guests with an option of 64 cask beers, 10 craft beers, 16 foreign beers, and 31 ciders.

There is also food provided at the event, as well as live entertainment which always provides an electric atmosphere and gets people singing and dancing.

Leigh Journal: Live music at last year's festivalLive music at last year's festival (Image: Bents n Bongs Beer Bash)
With a focus on the local community, the Bent n Bongs Beer Bash has helped to support Atherton Proms in the Park and Atherton Carnival, local brass bands, sports clubs and scout groups, as well as purchasing a community defibrillator with the money it has raised.

Hoping to continue the fundraising and feel good factor, the Bent n Bongs Beer Bash takes place at Atherton Roller Rink from Thursday, February 1 until Saturday, February 3. Tickets cost £3.

You can donate to the beer festival here to help the committee reach their £500k target.

Leigh Journal: The festival has raised almost £500k for the communityThe festival has raised almost £500k for the community (Image: Bents n Bongs Beer Bash)