A BURTON brewery threw open its gates for a Christmas festival to the delight of hundreds of guests.
Marston’s, in Shobnall Road, hosted the annual extravaganza which included craft stalls selling all manner of items including chocolates, candles, beers and hampers at the weekend.
Food and drink was plentiful inside the visitor’s centre while outside in the beer festival tent The Elf Bar served a range of Marston’s beers along with a specially brewed barrel of Pedro – the famous Pedigree and ‘Owd Roger blend.
Meanwhile, Thomas the Shire horse and his dray provided carriage rides while face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon modelling and colouring tables kept the children happy.
But the main event of course, was a visit to Santa’s grotto.
Fleet manager at Marston’s, Graham Benford donned the big red suit and found himself with a continuous queue of children waiting to sit on his knee and receive their free present.
Laura Dormer, who visited the event with her three daughters Isabella, Emilia and Daisy, said: “This is the best Christmas fair we have ever attended.
“There is so much for the children to do whilst they wait for Santa and the face painter is doing an amazing job.
“We’ve always had family connections to the breweries in Burton but this is the first time we’ve ever been to Marston’s and we are so impressed.”