Welcome to the 46th Cambridge Beer Festival

Anthony Cox

Festival organiser, Anthony Cox

This year we’re celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings. In July 1969, Apollo 11 launched from the Kennedy Space Center, with Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins on board. They weren’t the first humans in space, but Armstrong and Aldrin were the first to land on the moon. Millions around the world were glued to their TVs to see Armstrong step down from the lunar module, Eagle. Famously, he got his lines wrong, saying it was ‘one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind’; he meant to say ‘one small step for a man’. We’re excited to be celebrating this worldwide moment in history and landmark of human achievement. Keep an eye out for some beers brewed specially for this festival with suitably lunar names!

Arthur Rank Hospice

Every year the beer festival supports a local charity. This year we are supporting Arthur Rank Hospice, a Cambridgeshire charity that works hard to provide support and care for people with life-limiting conditions. 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 volunteers is not with us at this festival. Olaf Schellenberg had been supplying and volunteering at the foreign bar for years, providing much wisdom on German beer. He passed away a couple of months ago – 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 13–16 November for the Cambridge Beer Festival Winter, at the University Social Club. The 47th Cambridge Beer Festival will run 18–23 May 2020.