International Beers - Howard Room (upstairs)
A range of draught and bottled foreign beers from Belgium, Germany and other countries, including breweries in Bamberg, Bedfordís twin city in Bavaria.
Cider and Perry - Main Hall
About 50 real ciders and perries available from a separate bar in the main hall. Suppliers will include local cider makers in Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties.
Mead - Main Hall
For the second time a small mead stall run by specialist operator Rookery Mead will be located in the main hall.
Food - Howard Room
Hot and cold food, snacks, fruit juice and hot drinks are available from local caterer Angelo St Cuthberts. Hot meals will be served every lunchtime and evening, but cold snacks and hot drinks should be available throughout festival opening hours. The menu will be displayed around the venue.
Visitors may not bring meals bought elsewhere into the festival.
Soft Drinks - bars on both floors
Still water and fizzy soft drinks will be available free of charge from the Cider and Foreign Beer bars for drivers or anyone needing a break from beer or cider.
Glasses - Main Hall
Lined pint and half-pint glasses with the festival logo will be available on sale or return for £3. Cash in your glass when you leave or take it home as a souvenir.
All draught beers and ciders will be sold in full, half and third pint measures.
Tombola - Main Hall
Unusual prizes can be won on the tombola or the Shut the Box game for 50p a go. Although we will not have a CAMRA shop, the new Good Beer Guide 2019 and perhaps other CAMRA books will be available from the festival office.
Engraver - Main Hall
Colin (The Pewter Scribe) will put your name or a message on your glass or other suitable objects. Engraved glasses cannot be returned for a refund.
Chocolate - Howard Room
The Oddfellows stall will offer an interesting range of unusual chocolates and will help you find the best match with your choice of ale.
Live entertainment - Main Hall
We will have live entertainers on Wednesday and Saturday evenings. On Wednesday we have Ukulele Bedford (who played for us on Saturday last year), and on Saturday local band Pistonz to see us through to the close.
The Bedford Morris Men, perhaps with guests from elsewhere, will perform a number of dances in the hall on Saturday lunchtime and early afternoon as part of their town centre tour.
Leave your coat and bags safely in the basement cloakroom, run by Bedford Lions Club members to support local charities.
Local businesses are welcome to sponsor any real ale cask or cider available at the festival. For a £50 fee, we will display an A3 size advert next to the chosen cask throughout the festival, even after the cask runs out, and will issue VIP invitations to the festival. Private sponsors wishing to celebrate a birthday or similar event can get a similar deal for £35. For further details, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01234 344388.
Join CAMRA here!
CAMRA membership is open to everyone over age 18. Subscription rates can be found online at www.camra.org.uk/membership-rates. Single or joint members joining at the festival will receive two free pints of beer or cider. Join here and join early to get free admission for the rest of the week!
The festival is organised and staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers. All CAMRA members are invited to help. Staff receive free beer or cider of their choice and a discount on food when on duty. To volunteer, please click the link on this page to open the online staffing form.
If you would like to help at this festival please fill-in our online form or download a printable version to post to us Please read the Health and Satefy Handbook. Printed copies available at the Festival.
North Beds CAMRA
The 41st Bedford Beer and Cider Festival will be held 3rd - 6th October 2018 at the Corn Exchange St Paulís Square, Bedford MK40 1SL
Wed 4-11, Thu-Fri 12-11, Sat 11.30-10.30.
Before 4pm £1; after 4pm: Wed £2, Thu £3, Fri £4, Sat £2
No advance tickets - pay at the door
CAMRA members with a valid membership card are admitted free at all times.
Short pass-outs to the street are available for smokers or those who need to visit a cash machine. This is a cash festival - card payments are only available at the festival office for those purchasing guides or CAMRA membership.
No one under 18
Children and young people under 18 will not be allowed into the festival. ID may be requested at the entrance.
Wheelchair users can access all parts of the Corn Exchange, with a suitable toilet in the basement and a lift serving all floors, including street level.
Real Ales - Main Hall
About 160 real ales arranged alphabetically on two back-to-back bars, including beers from local breweries. A full beer and cider list can be downloaded from this page in September.