Opening Times Wed 4-11, Thu-Fri 12-11, Sat 11.30-10.30.
Admission Charges 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.
Pass-outs Short pass-outs to the street are available for smokers or those who need to visit a cash machine.
Payments Drinks at the bars will be purchased using a new token scheme, with £10 paid on entry covering a glass and £7 of tokens. Extra sheets of tokens can be bought later. Cash, card or phone payments will be accepted for admission, glasses, tokens and for 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 Access 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.
Cask Beers About 140 real ales will be arranged alphabetically on two back-to-back bars in the main hall, including beers from local breweries. Select a greene button above to download a full list of beers, ciders and wines (document or spreadsheet).
Craft beers on KeyKeg dispense This year we will offer a limited number of craft real ales dispensed though the KeyKeg system. These will be available from a special bar in the far right-hand corner of the main hall.
International Beers A range of draught and bottled foreign beers from Belgium, Germany and other countries, including breweries in Bamberg, Bedford’s twin city in Bavaria. Bottled beers will be served from the Howard Room bar upstairs, but draught beers may be served from the Craft Beer bar in the main hall.
Cider and Perry About 50 real ciders and perries will be available from a separate bar in the far left-hand corner of the main hall. Suppliers will include local cider makers in Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties.
Wines We will offer a small range of red and white wines from the Cider Bar in the Main Hall. Wine glasses will be provided by exchanging your festival glass at the counter.
Mead A small mead stall run by specialist Rookery Mead will be located under the balcony in the main hall.
Food Hot and cold food, snacks, fruit juice and hot drinks from local caterer Angelo Catering & Events will be served in the Howard Room upstairs. 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 Still water and fizzy soft drinks will be available free of charge from the Cider and International Beer bars for drivers or anyone needing a break from beer or cider.
Glasses 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 for 50p a go, or on the Shut the Box game for £1. Although we will not have a CAMRA shop, the new Good Beer Guide 2020 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 matching The Oddfellows stall upstairs in the Howard Room will offer an interesting range of unusual chocolates and will help you find the best match to your choice of ale.
Live entertainment Local entertainers will perform on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, with Fran Pegg and Pete Bonas opening the festival on Wednesday and Carlos Linnett and Nick Wood taking us through to the finish on Saturday. Red Cuthbert Morris dancers are expected to perform in the main hall on Saturday lunchtime and early afternoon. Members of other Morris teams are welcome to join in!
Cloakroom Leave your coat and bags safely in the basement cloakroom, run by Bedford Lions Club members to support local charities.
Cask sponsors Local businesses are invited 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. To enquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01234 822698.
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 early to get free admission for the rest of the week!
Volunteers The festival is organised and staffed entirely by unpaid CAMRA volunteers and friends. Volunteers receive free beer or cider of their choice and a discount on food when on duty.
The 42nd BEDFORD CAMRA BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Many thanks to all volunteers and members who made it such a success.