Beer and cider enthusiasts will be able to enjoy up to 15 real ales and five ciders from the UK and overseas during a 12-day festival at The Lifeboat.
The pub, in Three Tuns Lane, Formby, has sourced beers from brewers in Greece, Italy, Australia, Canada, USA and Republic of Ireland, with one of the ciders from Northern Ireland.
The festival will run from Wednesday, March 14 until Sunday, March 25 inclusive.
It will feature a selection of beers brewed exclusively for the festival.
All beers and ciders will be priced at £2.19 a pint.
The overseas beers on sale are; Old World New England IPA (Grapes & Gratification, Greece), Hot Night At The Village (Birrificio Foglie D’ Erba, Italy), 3 Bolt Pale Ale (Green Beacon, Australia), Talisman (Strange Fellows, Canada), Bru Red Ale (Bru, Republic of Ireland) and Lo-Res (Sixpoint, USA).
The UK beers will include Monty Python’s Flying Circus (Black Sheep), Old Engine Oil (Harviestoun), Game of Stones (Wadworth), Twisted Edge (St Peter’s), Warlord (Purity) and Springfest (Otter).
The ciders include; Snails Bank Rhubarb (Snails Bank Cider), Cockeyed Pear Mania (Cockeyed Cider) and Tempted Elderflower (Tempted Irish Cider).
The Lifeboat manager, Ashleigh-Jane Briscoe, said: "The festival will give people the opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of UK and international beers as well as a choice of ciders.
"Many of the beers on offer have not been available in the pub beforehand and I am looking forward to serving them.
"The festival promises to be great fun and I am certain that customers will enjoy themselves."
Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales or ciders in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint.
Tasting notes on all of the beers and ciders will be available in the pub.
Formby Luncheon Club originally started in 1965 using Holy Trinity Hall, occupying the present purpose-built premises in 1968. Thus it has operated continuously for over 50 years.
Annual activities include Christmas lunches, parties and fund-raising Breakfast Breaks. The Breakfast Breaks are also open to the public.
The club is managed by a committee elected by the members which consist of a cross-section of members and volunteers, they have just published the following announcement.
Looking after Luncheon Club building is the responsibility of Formby CVS (Council for Voluntary Service). Its trustees have reluctantly decided that the silver birches in the garden here need to be felled.
The trees have grown too large for the size of the garden, and are in danger of damaging the buildings and garden walls.
If allowed to continue growing, they will continue to take all the nutrients from the soil so preventing other plants from growing properly and spoiling the attractiveness of the garden.
Once the trees are cleared (and the work is due to take place on 19 February by Wrights Landscapes), the plan is to renew the top soil, save the shrubs which can be saved, and replant if any need to be dug out. There's also work to be done to clean the flag stones, and paint the render on the walls.
The trees will be chipped for mulch....the greener option to burning.
It's part of a longer term plan to make the outside of the building more open and attractive (and hoping to reduce its use as a rubbish dump by a small number of people!) and to widen the services we offer on the site.
I was browsing an old map of Formby recently and the longer I looked at it the more I noticed significant differences between now and then. (Click on the Map to view in more detail).
The map was surveyed and published between 1888 and 1893. It's just a fragment from a map of the whole of Lancashire. This particular image is a composite made with three screenshots, carefully arranged to ensure that the joins are as invisible as possible
Nonetheless, there are some interesting features, I wonder whether you'll notice more than me.
You can either comment using the text box at the bottom of the story or try the 'Blog Chat' link in the righthand column, I've set up a 'WhatsApp group' as an experiment.
Tell me what you find and any other observation you want to add.