Anthony Cox

Anthony Cox, festival organiser, welcomes you to the 45th Cambridge Beer Festival

This year we’re celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Newtonian reflecting telescope. Sir Isaac Newton was a student and fellow at Trinity College, here in Cambridge, and constructed the reflecting telescope as part of his proofs on chromatic aberration. Find out which breweries have celebrated this by brewing us a festival special beer.


Every year the beer festival supports a local charity. This year we are supporting Stars, a Cambridgeshire children’s charity that provides support and bereavement counselling to young people who have lost someone close to them. You can find out more about them here, or visit their stall near the glass stand. Please support them.


Like all CAMRA beer festivals this event wouldn’t be possible without the hundreds of volunteers who help to organise and run it. We’re always looking for more help – not just on the bars, but building and taking down the site, washing glasses, stewarding and all the other things that are needed to make the festival happen. It can be hard work, but it’s also fun and friendly. If you’d like to join us this year, or in the future, ask any volunteer.

Sadly one of our long-serving volunteers is not with us at this festival. Gerald Bishop who was better known as Ye Gerbish had been volunteering in a variety of roles within many CAMRA festivals and committees for years, most recently assisting with the back-office tasks of this festival. He passed away last year – he will be greatly missed by the festival and all who knew him.

However you’re travelling today, please moderate your consumption so you can get home safely. Please don’t drink and drive. Remember the festival is near a residential area, so please leave quietly – it will help us to continue to use this site in future years.

We’ll be back on 14–17 November for the Cambridge Winter Ale Festival, at the University Social Club. The 46th Cambridge Beer Festival will run 20–25 May.