The organisers say this year’s festival should be the biggest and best yet, with more than 40 real ales on offer (from near and far), as well as 10+ varieties of homemade pies and an array of locally produced sausages. The ale is hand pulled and there is a cooler system to regulate the beer temperature.
On the Thursday night they are holding a preview night which is open to all CAMRA members, with the beer tent opening at 5pm. You'll be able to purchase the beer for £2.50 a pint (usually £3) and there will be samples of the weekend’s food offerings knocking about, but make sure you have your membership card with you.
The Ship's local nickname is the Blood Tub. It's at 4 Wheat Lane, Lathom, Lancashire, L40 4BX, which is less than a mile from both Burscough Junction and Burscough Bridge railway stations.