REAL ale fans will be able to sample a whole host of beers as an annual Halesowen winter beer festival returns.

The event at Coombs Wood Sports and Social Club, kicks off next Thursday (January 25) and runs until Sunday (January 28).

Club steward Dawn Bubb, who manages the social club in Stewarts Road, said there will be around 15 real ales and an assortment of ciders for people to try.

Dawn is celebrating being named Manager of the Year in a national awards run by Club Mirror.

Dawn, who has 40 years experience in the trade, said: "I was overwhelmed to win the award, I didn't expect it.

"It's fantastic to get another award after we previously won the Club of the Year title.

"We've had the bar refurbished and it looks really good."

The club was established in 1921 by Stewarts and Lloyds.

The festival will run from 6pm on the Thursday and from 4pm on the Friday and from noon till midnight on the Saturday and Sunday.