2018

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  • Sat
    13
    Jan
    2018

    Boldre Club

    8:30pm

    The Boldre Club, Pilley Steet, Pilley, Southmapton, SO41 5QP.

    Free entry!

    Deep in the heart of the New Forest exists a spit, sawdust and cider establishment going by the name of the Boldre Club. This legendary speakeasy is home to the wildest collection of drinkers, poachers, tractor pullers and cousin lovers in the whole damn south of England. 

    It has long been a dream of ours to strike up behind the chicken wire and give these forest dwellin' ne'er do wells a darn good bit of The Skimmity Hitchers, and tonight the dream's a comin' true!

    Free entry all night. Bring your thirst.

  • Sat
    20
    Jan
    2018

    WASSAIL!!!!

    7pm

    Rich's Cider Farm, Watchfield, Highbridge, Somerset. TA9 4RD

    Tickets £7.50 from Rich's cyber cider shop

    It's January, it's cold & dark, which means it's wassailing time!   We're back at Rich's Cider farm for the 4th year in a row and we can't wait!  Blow away the post festive season blues by standing in a field, drinking cider and shooting trees with shotguns while fair maidens hang toast from branches and wizened old farmers pour cider on the roots*.  Once the spirits have been appeased/frightened away, it's back to the lovely warm barn for more cider and a proper Skimmity knees-up aided by the unique sounds of the Bob Darch mobile discotheque.  

    Or, if that doesn't sound like the best fun you can have on a dark January night, you can stay at home and watch 'Britain's got celebrity naked bakers dancing in the jungle' or whatever shite passes for TV these days.

    Full details of the evening can be found here.

    Tickets can be bought here.

    * If you've not been wassailing before, we're not making this up - this is what actually happens.

  • Fri
    23
    Feb
    2018

    Chaplin's Cellar Bar, Bournemouth

    9pm

    Chaplin's Cellar Bar, 529 Christchurch Road, Boscombe, Bournemouth, HAMPSHIRE. BH1 4AG

    Free entry before 10pm, £3 after.

    We just can't stay away from this place....Even though it's in Bournemouth (which is in HAMPSHIRE!!), for some reason it's like an oasis which attracts only non-tossers. It helps that the bar looks like a 1920's Absinthe den and it serves a decent range of local ales and ciders and has the best beer garden on the country (and possibly the northern hemisphere).

    Either way, every night is party night in the Cellar Bar so get down there early and get yer freak on.

    Event/bar details be here.

  • Sat
    03
    Mar
    2018

    Fuelled By Cider Festival all-dayer

    2pm-12am

    The Exchange, 72-73, Old Market, Bristol. BS2 0EJ

    Tickets: £12 advance from Fuelled By Cider

    To get you warmed up and excited for the 2018 festival season, Fuelled By Cider are putting on an all-dayer at the Exchange in Bristol.

    A chance to meet up with some of your favourite festival friends and enjoy the best in upcoming original live music.

    Coming to Exchange Bristol will be The Bar Stool Preachers The Skimmity Hitchers Matilda's Scoundrels + Bluetown Rumble Mike Dennis +Palooka 5 + Sinful Maggie and maybe more!

    Tickets are on sale NOW for just £12 (+ 50p booking fee) from the Fuelled By Cider Cyber Shoppe

    All of these acts will be featuring at Outcider Festival or The Cursus Cider & Music Festival in 2018 and some of them you'll be well familiar with already🙂

    Doors 2.30pm

    14+ venue but under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Please bring photo ID, just so we knows you is human...

  • Fri
    30
    Mar
    2018

    Frome Cheese & Grain: Wurzels Good Friday Scrumpy Special

    8:00 pm

    The Cheese & Grain, Market Yard, Justice Lane, Frome, Somerset. BA11 1BE

    Tickets £17.50 advance from the Cheese & Grain

    Ah  - Frome Cheesey Grain.... We've missed you! It's been a few years since we've bin in you but we're all fired up and ready for the unholy hooley that is the annual good Friday Wurzels Scrumptacular.  Expect all the usual Skimmity shananigins with the added bonus of having the day of so we can fit in a whole extra day's drinking in!

    Doors open at 8pm and we'll be starting the evening at 8:30 - so make sure you're front of the queue so's you can get a pint in and get down the front before it all kicks off...

  • Sat
    31
    Mar
    2018

    Bridport Electric Palace: Wurzels support

    Doors 7:30, Skimmity action at 8

    Bridport Electric Palace, 35 South Street, Bridport, Dorset. DT6 3NY

    Tickets £14 advance, £16 on the door. Tickets available from the Electric Palace

    It's always a pleasure to support the Wurzels as they stagger across the west country - but tonight, they're on our patch... maybe we'll sneak Lambo into their dressing room and let him loose on their rider, or maybe we'll convince them that Guyer is mayor of Bridport and that the last day of March is Bridport's official 'ladies day'...

    Or maybe we'll just sing a load of songs about cider, sheep and farming equipment.... Either way, it's be fun and we'll all get smashed - see you down the front!

  • Sun
    01
    Apr
    2018

    Bristol Fleece & Firkin: wurzels support

    Doors 7:30, Skimmity action at 8

    The Fleece, St Thomas Street, Bristol. BS1 6JJ

    Tickets, £22 from See Tickets or Bristol Ticket Shop

    If there's only one Wurzels / Skimmity gig you can do this year, make sure it's this one.... This is the sweatiest, the most west country, the biggest cider drinkin' gig in the entire universe. If you've been before, you knows we 'bain't lying- and if you haven't been before, get off yer hairy arse and bag yourself a ticket before they all sell out.

    We'll be hanging out next door at the Seven Stars for about a week beforehand, so pop in and have a pint or three.

  • Fri
    20
    Apr
    2018

    Skimmity Hitchers + Imprints + Sinful Maggie in Dorchester

    Doors 7:30pm

    Dorchester Corn Exchange, East high Street, Dorchester. DT1 1HF

    Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions) from Dorchester Arts Centre.

    In what has become something of an annual tradition, The Skimmity Hitchers will be back at The Corn Exchange, Dorchester, Dorset on Friday April 20th 2018 for a full-on night of live music and cider drinking'!

    It's a tough job to match the line-up of previous years but we think we've done the business once again with the amazing talents of festival folk-rockers Imprints and Dorset's accordion-punk whippersnappers Sinful Maggie.

    Lovely venue, big stage, live music, lots of cider and the best crowd in the South West... put the date in your diary!

    Tickets available NOW online from the Dorchester Arts Centre.

    Also available in person from the Corn Exchange, or our dodgy ticket tout Simon Guy in the various pubs of Dorch-vegas...

    Promoted by Fuelled By Cider in conjunction with Dorchester Arts.

  • Sat
    21
    Apr
    2018

    Melplash Cider Festival

    Doors 6pm

    Melplash Village Hall, Melplash, Dorset DT6 3UD

    Admission by ticket only.

    Tickets are £6 and are available from:
    The Pursuit of Hoppiness, Bridport
    The Corner Garage, Melplash
    Bridport Tourist Information Centre

    If you've been following the Skimmity Hitchers for the last couple of years, you'll know that we were particularly fond of the cider world's best kept secret that was the Powerstock Cider Festival. You'll also know how devastated we were when the organisers announced that they had drained their final barrell and called time on the festival.  Then, when all seemed dark and pointless, a true Dorset hero stepped up, announced that the festival would be revived in Melplash and made everything right with the world.  

    Over 20 local cider producers will exhibit their best wares, with awards given for the best dry, medium and sweet, before throwing open the doors to you lot so you can try the best cider that the west has to offer.

    Doors will open to the public at 6pm and we will be on at some point afterwards - it all depends how much cider is flowin'.

    Admission is strictly by ticket only - no entry on the door.  Cider tokens will be sold at the event at £1.50 for 1/2 pint and hot food will be available from stalls at the event.  Make sure you bring enough cash for cider, food and taxis as there's no cash facilities in the village.

    Further details available at http://melplashciderfestival.org/

  • Sun
    22
    Apr
    2018

    SOLD OUT!!! Ciderocylapse 2! The Dreadnoughts Exclusive UK Show SOLD OUT!!

    6pm

    The Exchange, 72-73 Old Market, Bristol BS2 0EJ

    Tickets £13 from Fuelled By Cider Shoppe

    THIS EVENT HAS SOLD OUT - SORRY!!!

     

    Fuelled By Cider are very excited to be bringing Canadian polka-folk-punk legends The Dreadnoughts to Bristol for their only UK gig of 2018.

    One of the best live bands on the earth and beloved of the West Country cider punk scene, this will be a night not to be missed.

    With support from fellow apple-smashing nutjobs Surfin Turnips and The Skimmity Hitchers we are expecting a sell-out night so get your tickets booked ASAP.

    Early doors at 6pm and the Dreadnoughts will finish at 10pm to allow people to make train connections north and eastwards, but the party will continue for the hardy souls who remain!!

    Tickets are £13 advance and available from Fuelled By Cider and in person / online from Bristol Ticket Shop. Booking fees may apply.

    Ticketholders must be 14+ and under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

    Get involved now for the big Bristol gig of 2018.

  • Fri
    27
    Apr
    2018

    Wimborne - Cursus festival warm up gig

    6;30 doors

    The Cricketers Arms, 12, Park lane. Wimborne Minster BH21 1LD

    We loves Wimborne we does - Magners even has his holidays there...  The Cursus music and cider festival is just around the corner so to get all you lovely Dorset people juiced up and ready, we'll be playing a warm-up gig at the wonderful Cricketer's arms. Joining us on the decks of reggae doom will be our regular partner in cider crime, DJ Dapper Dan.  There'll be a hog roast from 6:30, so get there early if roasted pig is your thing, then we'll have some cider and a bit of a dance before hitting the stage at 9:30.

  • Sat
    05
    May
    2018

    The Golden Hind, Musbury

    9pm

    The Golden Hind, The Street, Musbury, EX13 8AU

    Free Entry.

    Anyone fancy a pint down the pub?

    Not just any pub mind, we mean the gurt lush Golden Hind pub in that there Musbury - locally renowned suppliers of fine quality intoxicating beverages to the discerning imbiber.  We'll be getting a round in about 8 and drinking steadily for about two hours before losing the plot and caning it like morons 'til the we small hours.  Sounds like a plan eh?

  • Sun
    06
    May
    2018

    Weymouth Quayside Music Festival

    5:30pm

    Town Bridge, Weymouth, Dorset

    Free entry

    There's no party like a Weymouth party! Especially when that party is at the Quayside Music Festival on Bank holiday weekend... Come on down to sunny Weymouth, take a stroll along the harbour, visit some of the fine drinking establishments along the way.   Then, grab the best pea fritter known to mankind from the Marlboro fish and chip shop, get on the outside of a couple of pints of cider and get yer hoe's down and yer knees up to the best music the south west has to offer. 

    The music runs from midday through into the evening, but we'll be heaving to and glugging down the cider from 5:30.  

    Full details available from the festival Facebook page

  • Fri
    11
    May
    2018

    Thanks, Mer for the last four years!

    8:30pm

    The Greyhound, 1, High Street, Midsomer Norton BA3 2LE

    Tickets £2 from The Greyhound

    After four years of running the best music venue in Midsomer Norton, legendary landlady, Mer is moving on - so what better way to celebrate than a truly cider swilling mash-up with the Skimmity Hitchers and our favourite west coutnry, cousin-touchin' hippity-hoppers, The Inbredz!  Completing the line-up on decks and killin' tunes will be Greyhound regular, Nikki Perrin.

    All that, for just £2? - they must be smokin' summat funny down there in Midsomer Norton.

    Full details of the evening be here.

  • Sat
    12
    May
    2018

    The Old Bank (Keynsham) Cider Fest

    4pm

    The Old Bank, 20 High Street, Keynsham, BS31 1DQ

    Free Entry

    Y'know we can remember exactly the last time we played at The Old Bank in Keynsham - it was February two years ago, and we haven't looked back since....but that's another story!

    Anyway. it's taken that long just to work out a return date, but we finally got there and what a date it is!  A full on proper cider festival with loads of full on proper cider all served up in a festival style festival......sorry, what was I saying??

    We be on in the afternoon - just after the point that you get the lovely fuzzy cider glow, but before the world starts slipping sideways!

  • Fri
    25
    May
    2018
    Sun
    27
    May
    2018

    Cursus Festival

    12pm-12am

    Canada Farm, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. SP5 5RX

    Tickets: Various prices - see the Cursus Festival Shoppe for details

    You just can't keep a good party down... check out the line up for this year's Cursus festival!

    3 days of original music, cider and camping in the beautiful surroundings of the Cranborne Chase, Dorset, between Blandford and Salisbury.

    Now in it's fourth year, Cursus Festival has a reputation for a friendly, intimate vibe with lots of fun and zero hassle. Come once and you'll be back!

    Fully stocked bar, locally sourced food, communal camp fire and a range of national and local acts live on stage.

    Tents and live-in vehicles welcome in the huge green camping areas.

    Dogs and children welcome but no glass or fires as this is a working farm.

    Full details at www.cursusfestival.com

  • Sat
    09
    Jun
    2018

    Chalk and Cheese Cider Festival

    12pm-12am

    CANCELLED!!

    Sorry everyone, the Chalk and Cheese cider festival has been postponed due to unforseen circumstances

    Once the event has been rescheduled, we'll let you know.

    Back for a second year, the Chalk and Cheese cider festival is proper job! It's in a skittle alley, there will be bales of hay and there will be more quality cider than you can shake a badger at.  The pub describe the day as '...casual drinking of the large selection of ciders in the afternoon at the straw bar to full on party from 9pm with popular band The Skimmity Hitchers'.  Hmmm- When we played here last year we don't remember too much in the way of casual drinking, it was more of a 'bloody minded race to oblivion' type drinking - but that might just have been us....

    Regardless of your preferred drinking style, the staff at the pubwill go to the ends of the earth to make sure everyone had a great time (especially us...) so you're guaranteed a great night. 

  • Fri
    15
    Jun
    2018

    Rye Hill Farm, Bere Regis, Dorset (Wurzels Support)

    6:30pm

    Rye Hill Farm, Bere Regis, Dorset BH20 7LP

    Tickets £20 adv. available from the Rye Hill farm shop

    We're well chuffed to be invited back for the fifth year running to the legendary annual Wurzels hoedown at Rye Hill farm.  There will be lashings of cider, there will be non-stop scrumpy'n'western music and a bloody gurt big hog roast.

    This event always sells out, so if you want to get yer scrump on, make sure you grab a ticket now!