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  • Sat

    Boldre Club


    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



    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

    Chaplin's Cellar Bar, Bournemouth


    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

    Fuelled By Cider Festival all-dayer


    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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    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/