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Party FAQs

The FAQs are correct at the time of publishing (30th June 2023).

When are the Parties taking place?

Like last year we are celebrating the hop harvest by splitting the party weekend into two – our Family focussed event, the TEA party will be on Sunday 17th September and will be similar to last year with lots to do for the kids and ending a little earlier, whilst the Hop Harvest Festival on Saturday 16th September is more focussed on music for adults.

How do I get tickets?

Hop Harvest Festival tickets are now on sale online. There are a very limited number of Early Bird Tickets left at £20.  Advanced tickets cost £27.  If there are tickets still remaining on the day, these will be sold on the gate for £35 each.

Hop Harvest Festival 2023 – Hogs Back Brewery

TEA Party General tickets are now on sale for £12 for adults and £6 for children. (3-14 years). Under 3s are free.  

Hop Harvest TEA Party 2023 – Hogs Back Brewery

Please don’t forget to bring your tickets with you to either party as a print out of your booking confirmation or just show us the confirmation on your mobile device.

If you don’t have your booking confirmation you will need to buy another ticket on the gate.

Hogs Back Brewery reserves the right to alter the ticketing conditions if it is felt that we are getting close to our maximum capacity. We will advise on the website and social media.

Can I book children for either Party?

We are encouraging families to attend our TEA Party on the Sunday where we will have a number of activities for children, however, accompanied children are welcome to attend the Hop Harvest Festival for the full ticket price. Please note, no unaccompanied children. We will be operating a Challenge 25 policy at the Bar.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, dogs will be welcome in all the outdoor areas at the parties as long as they are kept on a lead; indoor areas where we will be serving food will be prohibited. There will be water points and bowls provided. 

I am a Tongham TEA Club member, do I get a free ticket?

Tongham TEA Club members will be contacted and offered a complimentary ticket to the TEA Party and a discounted ticket for the Hop Harvest Party. These offers are time sensitive so please respond within the time period indicated.  

TEA Club complimentary tickets for the TEA Party and discounted tickets for the Festival are only available through the e-invite and cannot be claimed or purchased on the door.

The ticket offers applies to the main Tongham TEA Club card holder only and not to secondary card holders. If you would like to bring a guest, please purchase your additional tickets at the full purchase price either online or on the gate as normal.

What happens if I forget my ticket?

Only individuals with a ticket are allowed to enter the site. If you have booked online, please bring a print out of your ticket or show it to us on your phone or mobile device.

If you don’t bring your ticket, you will be required to purchase a new ticket on the door.

Can I get a refund for my ticket if I can no longer make it?

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer any refunds for tickets.  Please see our Refund Policy.

Will I be allowed re-entry if I leave the party?

You will be given a wristband when you enter the party which will allow you to leave the site and come back in if needed. Re-admittance won’t be allowed if you have removed the wristband. There will be different wristbands for each party and only people with the correct wristbands will be admitted.

Where is the Brewery?

The Brewery is located on the edge of Tongham, just off the A31 (Hogs Back) between Farnham and Aldershot.

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Can I park at the Brewery?

Yes, free parking will be available at the Brewery for the party in the field.  Please follow the arrows.  Volunteers will be on duty to show you where to park.  Please be aware the ground may be uneven.  Please consider walking or car sharing where possible to help ease congestion.

Vehicles will be left at the owner’s own risk. Hogs Back Brewery will not take responsibility for any damage caused to parked vehicles.

As a courtesy to our neighbours, please do not park on The Street or in the layby close to the Brewery.

Will there be Blue Badge (Disabled) parking available? 

Blue Badge parking will be available in the main Brewery car park and you will need to display your blue badge when leaving your vehicle. You will be directed by the volunteers to where to park when you arrive on site.  

Will the proposed South East Water roadworks in Tongham affect access to the Hogs Back Brewery?

We have been assured by South East Water that in the event of the road closure, there will still be full access to the Hogs Back Brewery.  For the latest information, please check the South East Water website.

Can I leave my car for collection after the event?

Vehicles cannot be left overnight and might need to be moved if left in the way. Please be aware that the field will be locked after the Hop Harvest Party finishes on Saturday and will need to be clear ahead of the TEA Party on Sunday.  

Is there a drop off / pick up area?

The official drop off/pick up area will be available outside the Brewery and will be marked out.  You will be directed by our volunteers.

Is there provision for coach & mini-bus parking?

The coaches and mini bus drop off point will be beside the Barn in front of the brewery.

In order that your passengers can leave the coach safely directly onto the pavement, please approach the Brewery from the direction of the village of Tongham.

Due to the narrowness of The Street, please contact us in advance if you are planning to arrive by coach. Please email mark.frogley@hogsback.co.uk if you intend to do so.

Unfortunately there is not space to park coaches on site (mini-buses can use the field car parking). There is a layby beside the Esso petrol garage on the slip road to the Hogs Back where coaches can be left, please email to specify location.

Is there public transport to the brewery?

By Bus: Stagecoach’s The Kite service runs between Aldershot and Guildford stopping at Tongham and Ash Station which is just a short 10 minute walk from the Brewery.

Stagecoach’s No. 3 bus also runs between Tongham with Aldershot, Yateley and Ash Vale train station.

Visit https://www.stagecoachbus.com for timetables

By Train: The nearest stations to the Brewery are Aldershot (2.5 miles), Ash, (2 miles) Ash Vale and Farnham (3 miles) with the above bus routes connecting to Tongham

Visit https://www.southwesternrailway.com/ for timetables

Taxis are available from Rushmoor Taxis at 01252 333 555 or https://rushmoortaxis.com/

Please note the public transport information is correct at the time of issuing but please check before you travel.

What drinks will be available on the bar?

The Hogs Back Brewery Bar will serve a range of Hogs Back’s Ales, Lager, and Cider (Tongham TEA, Surrey Nirvana, Hogstar lager, Hog IPA, Hazy Hog cider and Green TEA) as well as wine, Italian sparkling wine, soft drinks, and water.  Check the Party page for more information.

We’ve pleased to confirm that we will be operating additional bars this year.

All drinks will be served in reusable plastic glasses or cans 

We operate a Challenge 25 policy so anyone lucky enough to look under 25 will be required to show recognised valid ID.  We operate a No Glass policy so you may not bring any glass onto site and there will bag checks in operation. We reserve the right to refuse service.

What food will be available?

Street food stands will serve a mix of foods to cater for all tastes. Check our Party page for more details.

Will you be accepting card and cash on the day?

This year we will be operating a token scheme to purchase all food and drinks.  You can buy tokens at the special Token Stations on the day with cash or card.  Please note we don’t accept American Express. 

Where do I buy the tokens for food and drink?

There will be special Token Stations on the day.  They will be clearly marked.

Will I get change for my tokens?

No, all pricing will be in tokens.

Can I use these tokens on Saturday and Sunday?

Yes!

What happens if I have left over tokens?

We regret we will not be able to refund any unused tokens.  But if you wanted to make a donation to our chosen charity, you can put the tokens in the charity buckets on the way out and we will donate the equivalent amount to charity.

Can I use any left over tokens in the Brewery Shop and Tap after the event?

Unfortunately, no.

Can I use any left over tokens at next year’s Hop Harvest parties?

Unfortunately, no.

What can my children do at the TEA Party?

A Kids Zone will run at the TEA Party. More details will follow but our favourite horse rides around the Hop Garden will be back. Please note, children cannot be left unaccompanied in the Kids Zone and must be supervised at all time.  Children use the Kids Zone at your own risk.

There will be no activities for children available at the Hop Harvest Festival.

Can I purchase anything in the Brewery shop?

The Brewery Shop will be closed on both Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th September.  However, we will be operating an Emergency Beer Service from 10am – 12noon on Saturday 16th September.  

There will be a merchandise stand at the party selling a range of Hogs Back merchandise. More details to follow.

Will I be able to tour the Brewery or Hop Garden?

The Brewery and the Hop Garden will be closed for tours throughout the two parties.

Which bands will be playing?

For more details of the bands playing on both days check our Party page.  Sign up to the newsletter and follow us @HogsBackBrewery on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

What activities will be going on?

There will be live music taking place throughout both days.  Check our Party page for more details.

On Saturday, you can take part in a Hop Garland competition. Decorate your own hat with hops from our garden, then post a picture of you in your fetching hat to our instagram using #HHF23. The best hat entered online will be judged at the party and the winner will receive a pair of Brewery tour vouchers.

You can have your photo taken on the famous Hogs Back motorcycle if you make a donation to our chosen charity, The Prostate Project.

On Sunday, there will be short horse-dray rides where you will see the site of the new Hop Garden. There will be a small charge for children and adults. They will be weather dependent, we may have to cancel if the weather is bad.  Check the Party page for more details of the Kids Zone.

Can I camp overnight at the Brewery?

No, there are no facilities for camping and vehicles may not be left overnight on site.

Can I bring my own food and drink?

No, only food and drink purchased at the event may be consumed, with the exception of baby food. We will be serving a wide range of food and drink to choose from.  Please note that there will be random bag searches at the entrances.

Can I bring bottled water?

Yes, but you may not bring it in a glass bottle, as this is a Glass Free event. There will be water stations where you can refill your bottle. There will also be water on sale at the Bar. Please note that there will be random bag searches at the entrances.

Do you have disabled facilities?

Yes, in the Tap Room.

Do you have baby changing facilities?

Yes, in the Tap Room.

Which charity will you be supporting this year?

Our chosen charity is the Prostate Project, a charity devoted to giving men a better chance of beating prostate cancer.

Do you have any other questions?

Please send any further questions to mark.frogley@hogsback.co.uk

We will continue to provide more information about the parties on our website, social media and newsletter, so please keep checking the website for updates, sign up to the newsletter and follow us @HogsBackBrewery on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.social media and newsletter, so please keep checking the website for updates, sign up to the newsletter and follow us @HogsBackBrewery on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.

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