A LONG-RUNNING celebration of real ale opens at a new venue later this month.

The 38th Durham Beer Festival is moving from Dunelm House, New Elvet, to Durham City Rugby Club’s Hollow Drift ground, in Green Lane.

Paul Dobson, of the Durham branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), said: “The festival is leaving its home of many years and relocating to a more suitable location.

“We’re focusing on ales and ciders of outstanding quality, in intimate and comfortable surroundings.

“There will be over thirty beers, complemented by around a dozen ciders and perries, from across England, Scotland, and Wales, making the event the highlight of a real ale visit to Durham.”

It runs from Wednesday August 29, to Saturday September 1, with last orders each night at 10.20pm and closing time 10.30pm. Opening times are from 4pm on day one and noon thereafter.