SwanFest 2022

SwanFest 2022

Our exciting and fun celebration ran from Friday 19th until Sunday 21st August. We were open from 11am until 11pm each of the three days of party. All were welcome and as a bonus, there was no entrance charge. We had an excellent range of activities for all ages including,:

  • Family fun - face painting, games and crafts.
  • A beer festival.
  • Music each afternoon and evening.
  • A raffle with excellent prizes.
  • And our famous BBQ each day too.

Read on and see our various pages for each of the days to soak in all the fun.

SwanFest Diary

For each of the three days of SwanFest we have created a separate webpage with the stories and photos of the day. Please just click on the photo of the day and you will be whisked there. Enjoy!

What Was On

General Poster
Beer Festival
Live Music

The Raffle

We had a traditional raffle with an excellent range of prizes. All funds raised went to the continued renovation of the pub. A MASSIVE thank you to all our prize donaters without whom this would not be possible, really appreciated by all the team. Here are our winners:

SwanFest Raffle Result 2022

We are sorry, but no switches or substitutions are possible. All winners have already been contacted by telephone or email. Any personal details taken in order to contact winners will be destroyed as soon as the prize has been collected. Prizes must be claimed from The Swan, Mill Lane within 3 weeks of the draw, unless alternative arrangements are made.

Thanks to The Team

Unfortuantely we didn't get a picture of the team that put the whole event on. Just to say a huge thanks both to the staff and volunteers who helped make SwanFest 2022 a real success. Without you, it would not have been possible. Here are some photos of the team at the BBQ, or the raffle, or in the stocks (as you do), or in the bar, or face painting, or selling tickets, or .....

Connor in the stocks with Dino the Dinosaur behind Micky and Dino the Dinosaur
DJ Wildcat Harry oin the stocks with a dinosaur behind him
Ian and Louise who did the BBQ Jess doing kids facepainting
Connor trying the MnM challenge Anne doing the Raffle

If your picture isn't here, apologies.

Feathered Friend

Micky created our own special beer for SwanFest. It was a red IPA at 4.5%. Lighter than a Guardsman in colour with a lovely red tinge. See more of the story on our special page talking about 'Feathered Friend', our very own beer for SwanFest. It went very quickly as it wa very popular.

Micky getting ready to brew our special beer
The vats at the brewery
Micky weighing out the raw ingredients
Fresh hops

Guest Beers

We had a fine range of guest beers during SwanFest including:

Batemans' XXXB

Batemans Triple XB

Batemans Brewery

A malty multiple-winner of CAMRA's Champion Premium Beer of Britain, our much loved XXXB is what you'd call an English tawny beer. Just like the first batch they crafted in 1978, it's brewed with four malts and three varieties of hops, for a deliciously spicy, fruity and biscuity flavour. (4.8% ABV)

Batemans' Summer Swallow

Summer Swallow

Batemans Brewery

A summery beer that breezes in just like the migrating swallows. It’s made with lager malts giving it a light body, while Cascade, Chinook and Bramling Cross hops are added late in the brewing process for a lovely hint of lemon. A crisp, dry, refreshing pale ale, deserving of a proper summer’s day. (3.9% ABV)

Feathered Friend - a SwanFest exclusive

Feathered Friend

Windsor & Eton Brewery

The team at The Swan are working with The Brewery to produce a special beer for SwanFest. Is is currently brewing and will be a Red IPA exclusive to our event. Once it's gone, it's gone! (4.5% ABV)

Simply The Zest from Rudgate Brewery

Simply the Zest

Rudgate Brewery

Fresh, pale and zesty with a lemon nose. (3.6% ABV)

Rudgate No.34 Dinga Dinga

Brew No.34 Dinga Dinga

Rudgate Brewery

Australian inspired pale ale full of Pacific fruits. (4.0% ABV)

Ruby Mild from the Rudgate Brewery

Ruby Mild

Rudgate Brewery

Multi award winner. Ruby red colour with complex and smoky flavours and a rich velvet finish. (4.4% ABV)

Side Pocket for a Toad

Side Pocket for a Toad

Tring Brewery

It’s a toad not a frog! Unmistakable citrus and floral notes from only the best American Cascade hops balanced with a crisp dry finish make this straw coloured ale a fantastic session beer. All that flavour in a 3.6%. Oh Yes. (3.6% ABV)

Lukas from the Thornbridge Brewery


Thornbridge Brewery

Helles is a traditional, elegant Bavarian style of beer originating in Munich. Lukas is straw blonde, full-bodied yet sparklingly light. Gluten free. (4.2% ABV)

Lost and Grounded

Lost and Grounded


Gentle and balanced, Helles uses the same pilsner malt blend that is gently hopped with Magnum, Perle and Tettnang. (4.4% ABV)

Eisbar Lager from XT

Eisbar Lager

XT Brewing Company

Eisbar (ice bear or polar bear) is a true craft lager brewed in the German Helles style, with a minimum of 4 Sundays in tank and brewed according to the Reinhartsgebott (German purity laws), with no artificial ingredients or preservatives. (ABV 5%)

Fork Handles from the Vale Brewery

Fork Handles

Vale Brewery

Another British comedy classic with this Blonde ale brewed with all English Malt. The hops are all English too. Orange, spicy First Gold and Mango, passion fruit Olicana make a great double act in this fruity thirst quencher. (4.2% ABV)

Tiny Rebel Cwtch


Tiny Rebel

Cwtch (rhymes with butch) means a hug full of Love. Arguably the coolest word on the planet (according to them), Cwtch is a Welsh Red Ale. 6 malts, 2 US hops and weeks of Tiny Rebel love and attention go into making this unique beer. (4.6% ABV)

World Record Attempts

Each day at 5pm we had our own version of the hit BBC programme 'Record Breakers'. Remember the McWhirter brothers and Roy Castle? Well we had our own version with our very special compere Micky who hosted our world record breaking attempts. Despite some brave attempts, we were unsuccessful.

Guinness World Records 2

Brewing Family Friends for SwanFest 2022 Ico:Forwards