Q) Can I come on the bus or train ?
The nearest rail station is at Ely, about 6 miles away. The Ely Zipper bus service will take you to Wilburton. The village is served by the StageCoach 106 service (not Sunday), or the StageCoach 19/19A service goes through Stretham, about a mile walk along the A1123 to the Recreation Ground. All bus times can be found here.
Q) Will I have to queue to get in?
Most of the day there will be no queue due to the friendly efficiency of our festival helpers on the door! If we did reach our safety limit in the view of the stewards, we may have to temporarily operate a "one in, one out" system.
Q) Can I bring my own food and drink?
We ask that you do not bring your own food and drink since we have food vendors on site and this contributes to the fund raising. Of course children and anyone with special dietary needs are welcome to bring their own food.
Q) Aside from beer and cider, what other drinks are on offer?
A range of soft drinks, bottled water, white wine, red wine, Pimms and Prosecco will all be available!
Q) Can I buy lager at the festival?
No - this was offered previously but was not very popular - so we expanded our range of beers and cider in its place.
Q) How does the token payment system work?
You purchase drinks with tokens, which you purchase at the dedicated token sales desk in the main marquee. One token costs £1.50 which buys you half a pint of any beer or cider. You are welcome to pay with cash but we can also take card/contactless payments. Two tokens buys a G&T, glass of Pimms or glass of Prosecco.
There are signs explaining token costs, any bulk buy options and drinks prices at the sale desk. Tokens are used at most beer festivals. It makes paying for beer at the bar simple and quick, thus speeding up service and maximising time for drinking!
Q) Can I buy tickets in advance? For a discount?
This year we are not offering advance tickets or bulk buy discounts - please pay on the gate when you arrive.
Q) How much does it cost to get in? Do I have to buy a festival glass?
Entry is £3, the "Daily Deal" offer enables you to purchase entrance, a festival Pint glass (usually £4) and three tokens (worth £4.50). This gives a decent saving of £1.50, or a 1/2 pint on this.
You do not have to buy a festival glass but they are incredibly popular - enabling you to use it through the festival as well as gaining a memento of the event!
Q) Will all the beers in the programme be available at all times?
We will endeavour to have the full range of beers on at all times but reserve the right to keep beers off sale whilst they 'settle' ready for drinking. The range will of course diminish as beers sell out - such is the nature of a beer festival. Avoid disappointment by arriving at 1200 on Saturday!
Q) Can I bring my dog to the festival?
No. Due to the terms of the Recreation Ground lease agreement with its owners, dogs are not permitted, with the exception of guide dogs.
Q) Where should I park?
There is a Beer Festival car park opposite the Recreation Ground on Station Road. Parking is also available at the Harbour School which is a very short distance along Station Road on the same side as the Recreation Ground. If all these options are full, please park safely and considerately on one of the surrounding roads.
Please do not drink and drive - we recommend A10 taxis who can be reached on 01353 661010. For further advice on alcohol limits please visit https://www.drinkaware.
Q) What if it rains?
Although we do hope for a warm summer day, we've actually had some fantastic wet weather years, cosy and under cover - it creates a real sense of camaraderie! Our main beer tent is very large and we also have additional marquees in the field. The children's area will have lots of gazebos to allow for any showers and additional entertainment items will be put in place for the kids if the rain comes.
Q) Is smoking allowed?
Smoking is permitted in the fully open areas if respect is shown to those around you. Please, please, please dispose of cigarette butts properly.
Q) Is camping permitted?
Unfortunately not. Due to the terms of the Recreation Ground lease, camping is not permitted. Please contact us if you are set on camping and we'll see if we can recommend an alternative for you.
Q) Do you have any fascinating terms and conditions that I should spend a few minutes reading before I come along at the weekend?
Well, now that you mention it, we do. Have a quick read and we hope they are useful.
Beer Festival Terms and Conditions 2018 revision