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 theme

The 45th Cambridge Beer Festival is celebrating the 350th anniversary of Isaac Newton’s construction of the first reflecting telescope in 1668 – now known as the Newtonian telescope. Newton was a fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge. Newton’s contribution to mathematics, optics, geometry and numerous other fields were, and still are, remarkable. Some examples of that work can be seen on our poster.

Newton was one of the earliest to hold the seat of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the university, a post more recently held by Professor Stephen Hawking. Hawking died earlier this year having made vast contributions to physics. He will be much missed around the city and the university alike.