Large crowds are expected in a Wiltshire town centre for a festival celebrating ales and ciders.

The annual Festival of Winter Ales will return to Devizes Corn Exchange on Saturday, February 17, with two sessions set to take place across the day.

The festival is held every year by the Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts (DOCA) group, in collaboration with Stealth Brewery, and ticket sales will raise money towards the organisers’ free programme of events throughout 2024.

This will include the Devizes International Street Festival, Confetti Battle, Devizes Carnival, and the Winter Festival and Lantern Parade.

The event will be hosting a selection of ales and ciders from independent breweries across the country, alongside music and entertainment.

Hot pies and savoury snacks will also be provided by Pieminister and local supplier Padfield Porkies.

The action will be split between two sessions, one running from 11am to 5pm and the other from 5.30pm to 11pm.

Tickets are £13, which covers the price of the first pint and a festival glass, and are still being sold through DOCA’s website.

Physical tickets are available at Devizes Books and the British Lion pub.

DOCA has also announced new dates for the International Street Festival, on the weekend of August 10, and the Confetti Battle, on September 14, after both were moved to avoid planned roadworks.