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Invitation to Flintshire bus-based beer festival

PUB landlords are preparing to open their doors to real ale lovers this weekend.

A bus-based beer festival is taking place on Saturday to help boost trade at Flintshire’s rural pubs.

Organisers at Flintshire Tourism Association (FTA) say tickets for the Real Ale Trail are selling well.

Buses will run from Mold to Halkyn Mountain, through Caerwys and back toward Mold, stopping at nine local pubs along the way.

Shelly Barratt of the FTA said: “Tickets are selling well and we are hoping the event will be a big hit.”

Pub owners have expressed concerns trade has decreased but it is hoped the event will pull in the crowds.

The pubs taking part in the festival include: Gold Cape, Mold; Antelope, Rhydymwyn; The Oak, Hendre; Pwll Gwyn, Afonwen; Piccadilly, Caerwys; Royal Oak, Caerwys; Crown, Lixwm; Black Lion, Babell; and the Blue Bell Inn, Halkyn.

A Real Ale Trail bus pass will cost £4 in advance or £5 on the day which will allow use of the Real Ale Trail buses from 11am to 11pm. Tickets are available from participating pubs.