Welcome to Cambridge & District CAMRA's beer festivals site. The Cambridge & District branch of CAMRA currently organises three beer festivals every year.

The current beer festival is The 42nd Cambridge Beer Festival,
18 to 23 May 2015, Jesus Green, Cambridge

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  • Sunday, 14:28 : Thanks to all 38600 of you that came to #cbf42. #camoctfest is 16-17 October, #cwaf in Jan and #cbf43 23-28 May 2016.
  • Saturday, 19:45 : A lovely evening at #cbf42. Still a bit over 50 beers on the main bars and around 15 ciders.
  • Saturday, 18:00 : If you're coming down to #cbf42 tonight there's plenty of beer, but you might want to bring a glass - running low on them.
  • Saturday, 15:07 : RT @msuxg: The City of Cambridge Brass Band have thoroughly enjoyed playing @cambeerfest today - hope you all enjoyed! #cbf42 pic.twitter.com/7omoVmIVAP

Cambridge Beer Festival

The Cambridge Beer Festival was first held in 1974. This festival is the branch's largest and its main beer festival. During its long run, the festival has had several homes but since 2001 has been held on Jesus Green in late May. The festival is the United Kingdom's longest running CAMRA beer festival and currently the second largest regional beer festival. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draught beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter, where a very wide range of fine cheeses, together with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury items are available.

Cambridge Winter Ale Festival

After a brief outing in 1986, the winter ale festival started it's current run in 1997. This festival is the branch's second largest beer festival, generally held in late January at the University Social Club, Mill Lane. The festival features a range of local and national beers, with an emphasis on traditional winter beers, plus locally produced ciders and a selection of bottled beers from around the world.

Cambridge Octoberfest

The Cambridge Octoberfest was first held in 2007. The branch's smallest beer festival, has been held every year so far in October at the University Social Club, Mill Lane. The festival emphasis is on European beers and aims to have all the Munich Oktoberfest beers available. Local brewers provide both traditional English and European style beers, plus some locally produced Ciders.


All of the festivals are organised and run by unpaid volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers, old and new, to join us. As a volunteer you get cheap beer and free food. If you'd like to help out, whether just for a few hours one evening or throughout a Festival, you will be made most welcome. Don't worry about needing experience, as training will be given and we have a wide range of jobs available. You can volunteer for the upcoming festivals on line. We look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer.