HUNDREDS of thirsty revellers poured into a historic manor house to enjoy a weekend of drinking and merriment.

The Cogges Beer and Cider Festival, at Witney’s Cogges Manor Farm, concluded its three-day run on Sunday.

Brewers from across the county descended on the popular venue for the event, which boasted more than 50 beers and ciders - all from within a 30-mile radius.

The festival, now in its seventh year, has quickly earned itself a reputation a celebration of some of the best brews in the country.

The first two days of the event ran on Friday and Saturday evening, with only adults admitted.

Sunday’s ‘Drink Up Day’ served as a more family affair with local microbreweries, as well as live music, activities for children.

Cogges marketing manager Kim Hall said: "What a weekend. There was a great festival vibe on Friday and Saturday nights. The music got everyone up on their feet dancing to headliners The Deadbeat Apostles and Niall Kelly Band, with close to 1,000 punters who supported our biggest fundraiser of the year with gusto.

"The Festival hosted 29 beers and 19 ciders, all locally sourced, and we managed to drink dry the offerings brought from the brilliant microbreweries who came to join in the fun.

"Our drink-up day on Sunday sadly suffered with the atrocious weather, but at least it meant the rest of Cogges got a decent drink after weeks of sunshine, so we're now feeling revived just in time to start the Summer holidays."

Some of the local brewers on hand included Little Ox Brewery and Church Hanbrewery.

Cogges Manor Farm, a 13th century manor house coupled with 17th century buildings, is steeped in rich history.

The farm appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 and the estate’s first owner was Wadard, who appears as a Norman knight riding a horse on the Bayeux Tapestry.

Cogges Manor was once held by kings of England including Henry VII and Henry VIII. The latter gave the land to Thomas Pope, the founder of Trinity College, Oxford.

Wealthy wool merchant William Blake owned Cogges in the 17th century and became High Sheriff of Oxfordshire.

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