People can enjoy a warming brew next month at the launch of the Devizes Festival of Winter Ales.

On February 13 and 14 visitors will be offered a selection of beers and ciders, all sourced by Malcolm Shipp of The Vaults in Devizes, along with a host of entertainment.

The two-day festival is a fundraising event for Devizes Outdoor Celebratory Arts, which needs to raise £80,000 a year so it can put on the street festival, confetti battle, Christmas lantern parade and workshops in the town.

DOCA artistic director Jo Beal said: “We invite everyone to come and have a deliciously celebratory time during the cold winter months, whilst helping DOCA at the same time.

“It will include walkabout shows, live music and a very special performance by the one and only Chris Bull, who people will remember as the daredevil hire wire walker.”

Mr Bull, who walked 45 metres across the Market Place on a high wire in 2013, will perform acrobatic tricks on a slackline, a flexible strap that can be between one to 10m above the ground.

The festival, which is being held in the Corn Exchange, will be split into three sessions: 4pm-11pm on February 13, and 11am-5pm and 5.30pm-11pm on February 14.

Tickets are £5 per session from The Vaults, Devizes Books, The British Lion, Wadworth Brewery Visitor Centre and online at Volunteers are needed for roles ranging from serving pints to promotion.

Anyone who is interested in volunteering can contact DOCA’s outdoor arts manager, Jay Haigh, on 07897 121236 or email jayhaigh@