Cambridge & District CAMRA 44th Cambridge Beer Festival

Monday 22nd—Saturday 27th May 2017


Welcome to the 44th Cambridge Beer Festival, the longest running CAMRA Beer festival and currently one of the largest regional Beer festivals in the UK.

We are very proud of our festival, we put a lot of time and effort into making it the best we can. We hope that you visit us and have an enjoyable time.

We hope you had a good time at festival last year, and will be joining us again this year. If you enjoyed the festival last year, please consider helping us run the festival this year.

It may only be January, but planning is already under way for the Cambridge Beer Festival with discussions with our suppliers and partners, to ensure the smooth progress of the event.

Thank you ....

Thank you to all of you - our visitors, that came to see us at our previous festivals, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and found a beer or two or three to your liking and will come back to join us again at a future festival.

We would just like to thank the local residents and the users of Jesus Green for your continuing support, consideration and understanding whilst the festival is on Jesus Green.

Thanks also go to you, our loyal and hard working volunteers without whom, there wouldn't have been a festival and for helping make the Cambridge Beer Festival a real success. We could not have done it without you, and we hope that you will volunteer again this year. THANK YOU one and all.

The theme

The 44th Cambridge Beer Festival is celebrating the 350th anniversary of the first publication of Paradise Lost, the epic poem in blank verse by the 17th-century English poet John Milton (1608–1674).

The poem was first published in 1667 and consisted of ten books with over ten thousand lines of verse. There was a second edition published in 1674, which was arranged into twelve books with minor revisions throughout and a note on the versification.

Paradise Lost is considered by critics to be Milton's major work, which helped solidify Milton's reputation as one of the greatest English poets of his time.

The poem concerns the Biblical story of the Fall of Man: the temptation of Adam and Eve by the fallen angel Satan and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. Milton stated in Book I, that his purpose was to "justify the ways of God to men".

About the festival

The Cambridge Beer Festival was first held in 1974 and 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. It is the United Kingdom's longest running CAMRA Beer festival and currently is one of the largest regional beer festivals in the UK. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draft beers from around the world, with the now famous 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. Over the years, the Cambridge Beer Festival has become an international event, with visitors from across Europe, China, Canada, USA and regular attendees from Mexico.

The Cambridge Beer Festival needs you!

The Cambridge Beer Festival is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, without our volunteers the Beer festival would not go on. We are always in need of volunteers, even if you can only do one shift or even just a few hours to cover meal breaks, it would help us tremendously. We were again short of volunteers on several evenings during recent festivals.
In the past the Cambridge Beer Festival has welcomed volunteers from across the United Kingdom (Stockport, Wales, Reading, Croydon to name but a few), as well as volunteers from across the globe.

You can get more details on the volunteering page.

Opening Times and Admission

Details of the opening times and admission are available here.

Card payments

We are sorry, but we are unable to accept payment at the entrance or at the bars by debit/credit cards - it is cash only. We have a pass-out scheme, should you need to visit a cash machine (map showing location of cash machines) - our volunteers will be able to help locate one if needed. In addition, some of the stalls inside the marquee take card payments and may offer cash back with a purchase.

Age Verification

Under 18s are allowed on site, but must be with a responsible adult - a 17 year old with an 18 or 19 year old friend is not sufficient. As at any licensed premises, it is illegal to buy alcohol if you are under 18, or to buy alcohol for anyone under 18.

At the bars, the festival supports and operates the Challenge21 scheme; if you are lucky enough to look young, then please don't be offended if and when you are asked for ID to check you are over 18. The only acceptable ID is a government issued photo ID (photo driving licence or passport) or a card showing the PASS Scheme hologram. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

The Cambridge Beer Festival Poster

We would like it very much if you could display the festival poster at your place of work, social club or village/community notice board. You can download a PDF of the festival poster. Alternately, if you're in the Cambridge area we can get printed posters to you - please drop us an email on and we'll arrange to get some to you.

Advertising in the official Summer Beer Festival Programme

Any business interested in advertising in the official programme for the Summer Beer Festival, held in May, please call Kayleigh Blessett on 01778 382718 or email for a media pack.
This is a great opportunity to advertise your pub events and offers to your target market. However, please, do not leave it too long as space is limited and the deadline for advertisements is early April.