Stop the press! Northern Soul is doing something new and proper exciting. We are launching a new festival that is set to become a popular – and permanent – fixture on the North’s calendar.

The Proper Northern Drinks Festival will launch in the heart of Ramsbottom in 2019.

This ‘Proper Northern’ day will be dedicated to the fantastic makers and suppliers of quality, artisan and delicious beer, liqueurs and spirits hand-crafted in the North. Also on the taste agenda is a fabulous selection of wines, all of which are available from local independent merchants.

The suppliers and exhibitors will be carefully selected to bring you the best drink experience possible, alongside exciting masterclasses and a chance to try before you buy.

We will bring the best of what the region has to offer under one roof in a relaxed and friendly environment. We are ‘Proper Northern’ and proud of it.

What to expect:

  • A fabulous range of amazing drinks, and a chance to meet the folk who make it
  • Ticketed sessions (12-3pm or 4pm-7pm)
  • Limited admission numbers (no elbowing required and there are even some seats)
  • Local drink heroes running masterclasses
  • Free samples of all drink on offer – so a chance to try before you buy
  • A local delivery service for a modest fee
  • Free carrier bag – not plastic of course
  • Exclusive offers and discounts from the lovely producers
  • Prize draws and competitions
  • Awards for ‘Best Drink’

The Proper Northern Drinks Festival is brought to you by Helen Nugent and Emma Yates-Badley, the women behind Northern Soul. We are a friendly pair who share a passion for discovering the very best of what the North has to offer and showcasing that talent to those who care about their region and what they eat and drink.

This will be the inaugural festival in Ramsbottom, a Lancashire market town which celebrates its cultural and food heritage in an understated and brilliant way. Nestled in the foothills of the West Pennines, Ramsbottom is full to the brim of celebrated restaurants, independent shops, great people and there’s even a huge urn.