Six pubs to go to for the City of Ale festival

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It may be drawing to a close, but organisers of the City of Ale festival say there is still plenty for people to look forward to over its final weekend.

Dawn Leeder, festival co-chairman, said the festival has been a huge success so far, but there's plenty for people to look forward to in the last few days.

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She said: 'Brewers are selling more beer, publicans are seeing increased footfall and the feedback we've been getting from the public is all good. The ale trails were spectacularly successful for visitors to the city, but also for people from Norwich who haven't visited some of the pubs which are slightly further out of the centre.'

Visitors can collect stamps from each pub they visit and anyone with a complete set gets a lapel badge.

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Ms Leeder said one complete set has been handed in so far, but she's confident there will be many more by the time the festival ends on June 1.

For her, one of the highlights of the festival was the Brewer's Market at The Forum on May 24. She said: 'The market was well attended and we had a dozen stalls. It rained first thing in the morning, but then it cleared up.

'There was morris dancing for people to enjoy and the City of Ale bus was there in all its glory.

'It was great to see people enjoying the sunshine and local beers.'

The City of Ale bus has been running mystery tours, which have been especially popular. Ms Leeder said: 'The bus has been running mystery trips around the city taking people to half a dozen pubs in an afternoon.

'It's taking people out to enjoy some of the further flung pubs they've not been to before.'

The next mystery bus leaves from the Theatre Royal at 2pm today for a free tour of six pubs. It will return at about 5pm.

Organisers are keen to encourage people to hop on the mystery bus and see where they end up.

With just two days left of the festival, Ms Leeder said there are still plenty of events for people to enjoy. She said: 'We have lots of garden parties, bingo, bottle ale trails, local brewery pop up shops and mini beer festivals going on.'

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