Peterborough CAMRA 40th Beer Festival 2017

Once again it’s time for my local Peterborough CAMRA beer festival, now in it’s 40th year!  I’ve been going on and off since I was 17, and have seen it grow into a huge outdoors festival of beer.  It’s run by the local CAMRA team, and can be a little traditional for my liking – although last year they did introduce a Keykeg bar selling some interesting craft beers.  I’ve always been a big supporter of the event, but I feel they could take a look at the offering outside of beer – the food has been very lackluster for many years now, I believe the huge ££s pitch costs put off many street food vendors, so we end up with cheap and cheerful.  This year sees another first, a gin bar!  Gin has seen the same sort of growth and new consumers that the craft beer scene has seen, and neither show any sign of slowing up!

The opening times are copied below, and more info can be found on the official festival website, including the 400+ cask ale list, the world bottled beer lists, and bands and stage times etc.

I’ll be touring the huge beer tents as normal – Tues evening, Weds afternoon, Thurs evening, and probably Friday afternoon.  I’ve been invited back to help judge the beers Wednesday morning, so I’m willing to do my duty and try some 20-25 beers 🙂

If you like your beer crafty and in a less traditional setting:  The Stoneworks bar in the city centre have a double “tap takeover” on the Friday evening of the Beerfest, with Wild Weather Ales bringing some exciting brews to town.  So you can always make the trip back into town after an afternoon of traditional beers.

Opening Times

Tuesday 22nd August 2017
The Trade-Only session starts at 3.00pm (You’ll know if you’re going to this, you’ll have a ticket for starters!)
5.30pm to 11pm : Entry charge £5 on the door, £3 to CAMRA & EBCU members
Wednesday 23rd August 2017 
OPEN ALL DAY
Noon to 3pm:  Entry charge £2 on the door, £1 to CAMRA & EBCU members
3pm to 11pm:  Entry charge £5.00 on the door, £3 to CAMRA & EBCU members
Thursday 24th August 2017 
OPEN ALL DAY
Noon to 3pm: Entry charge £2 on the door, £1 to CAMRA & EBCU members
3pm to 11pm:  Entry charge £6.00 on the door, £3 to CAMRA & EBCU members
Friday 25th August 2017
OPEN ALL DAY
Noon to 3pm:  Entry charge £2 on the door, £1 to CAMRA & EBCU members
3pm to 11.30pm: Entry charge £6.00 on the door, £3 to CAMRA & EBCU members
Saturday 26th August 2017
OPEN ALL DAY
Noon to 3pm: Entry charge £2 on the door, £1 to CAMRA & EBCU members
3pm to 11.30pm:  Entry charge £6.00 on the door, £3 to CAMRA & EBCU members
Pass Outs are available from 5pm but not before under any circumstances.
NOTE: Glasses are extra and cost £3 each.  Undamaged glasses can be returned at any time during the festival for exchange for a new clean glass or for a full refund of £3.
New Conditions of Entry apply this year for Visitor’s Safety and Enjoyment.
  • All visitors will consent to a random search, as a condition of entry. 
  • No large bags will be admitted to the festival as this will slow down entry.
  • The management reserves the right to refuse admission and remove visitors from the event. 
  • All visitors consent to be included in official photography, visual and audio recordings. 
  • The management will not accept responsibility for any losses of valuables.
  • In accordance with the law, smoking is not permitted within marquees nor the use of E cigarettes. 
  • Please use the designated Smoking Shelters or the great outdoors.

Author: Krispy Brown

EX-CAMRA member and real ale and craft ale fan. I've left CAMRA as I feel they've become more about gaining members (and money) and their petty narrowmindedness around the whole craft/keykeg/cask puts me off them. Good beer is good beer! I do the odd brew myself - having spent a couple of grand more than I should on home brew kit (Braumeister and SS Brewtech gear). Always learning about the craft and the ingredients. I've a blog post here about a day with a local craft brewer making a new beer. I can often be found propping up the bar at Peterborough's best (only) craft beer bar, The Stoneworks. 22 lines of great beer, and decent gin too! I'm probably known by too many of my hometown's landlords, oops. I created the local CAMRA Peterborough Beer festival mobile web app several years ago, and am a regular festival judge helping pick the champion beers. Developer (PHP, Wordpress, Java), Webmaster of many sites, husband and cat owner. I also help put on DIY Punk gigs in my spare time, as part of group of mates called "The Scary Clown Presents...".

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