I'm setting off very soon to work at the Wigan Beer Festival. Some people still lament the loss of the Wigan Pier venue, but the move was dictated by the redevelopment of the site. Besides, the festival has grown in its new venue and would not fit in Wigan Pier, were it still available. For more details, go to the Wigan CAMRA website. It opens at 5.30 p.m. today and is open all day Friday and Saturday. No advance tickets ~ just roll up! There is a courtesy bus between the town centre and the festival.