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Opening Times
Wed 4-11, Thu-Fri 12-11, Sat 11.30-10.30

Press & Trade Preview
Wed 2-4pm, only invited guests and CAMRA members admitted.

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.
Short pass-outs to the street are available for smokers or those who need to visit a cash machine.

No one under 18
Children and young people under 18 will not be allowed into the festival. ID may be requested at the entrance.

Free birthday pint
To celebrate our 40th festival, visitors who reach age 40 between 4th and 7th October can claim a free pint. Bring supporting evidence to the festival office.

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.

Real Ales - Main Hall
Approx 160 real ales arranged alphabetically on two back-to-back bars, including beers from local breweries. The range will include several brand-new beers from Charles Wells and three ruby ales of 4.0% abv from other local brewers to celebrate our 40th festival. Click the link on this page for full list.

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. Click the link on this page for full list.

Cider and Perry - Main Hall
Approx 50 real ciders and perries on a separate bar at the left-hand end of the main hall. Suppliers will include local cider makers in Bedfordshire and neighbouring counties. Click the link on this page for full list.

Mead - Main Hall
We will have no English wines this year but a British mead stall will be run by specialist operator Rookery Mead at the far right-hand end of the main hall.

Food - Howard Room
Hot and cold food, snacks, fruit juice and hot drinks are available from caterer Angelo St Cuthberts. Hot meals will be served every lunchtime and evening, but cold snacks and hot drinks will be available throughout festival opening hours. The menu will be displayed around the venue.
Visitors may not bring meals bought elsewhere into the venue.

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 change 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 £2.50. 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. We will not have a CAMRA shop this year, but we will sell the new Good Beer Guide 2018 and maybe other CAMRA books 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 be with us again with an interesting range of unusual chocolates and will help you find the best match with your choice of ale. 

Live entertainment - Main Hall
Live music will be provided on Wednesday and Saturday:
Wednesday from 8pm - Sloop Groggy Dogs - a local group singing shanties to support the RNLI and dementia charities. Their songs of adventure and the seas are best performed close to a good supply of real ale! 
Saturday lunchtime - Bedford Morris Men, perhaps with guests from elsewhere.
Saturday from 8pm - Ukulele Bedford, a local group playing acoustic ukes in a variety of styles (booking to be confirmed).


Leave your coat and bags safely in the basement cloakroom, run for charity by the Bedford Lions Club.

Cask sponsors
Local businesses are invited to sponsor beer or cider casks for a £50 fee, in return for A3 size adverts displayed on the bars throughout the festival and VIP invitations to the festival. Private sponsors wishing to celebrate a birthday or similar event can get the same deal for £35. For details, email Peter Argyle at or call 01234 822698.


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.
Wednesday 4th to
Saturday 7th October 2017
Corn Exchange, St Paulís Square, Bedford MK40 1SL
Volunteers Wanted!
If you would like to help at this festival please complete our online form.
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40th Bedford Beer & Cider Festival
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