Frequently asked questions

The garden of the Cambridge Beer Festival

Please note that the information on this page does not relate to the current festival.

Answers to commonly asked questions about visiting the festival.

Can I bring children to the festival?

Yes. Read more.

Can I bring my dog to the festival?

Yes, dogs are allowed on site at all times but must be kept on a lead and must not be allowed to annoy customers (or other dogs). Many people sit on the grass and so we ask that you bring bags so that you can pick up dog mess.

I lost something at the festival. What should I do?

If you have lost something , check at the tombola stand, or get in touch.

Do you still need volunteers?

Yes! We have over 300 volunteers, who selflessly work on all aspects of the festival, from setting up to taking down. We are still seeking volunteers to work in all areas of the festival. If you work a full session at the festival either behind the bar or in any other capacity we will give you a food and drink allowance as a thank you. There is more information on the volunteer page.

Do I need to bring proof of age?

The festival supports and operates the Challenge 21 scheme. If you are lucky enough to appear under 21, you will be 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.

Can I bring food or drink into the festival?

You are free to bring your own food into the festival. However, there is a wide range of hot food vendors on site and the CAMRA cheese counter provides an excellent range of cold products.

Sealed and unopened non-alcoholic drinks are allowed such as water and canned drinks. Alcohol is not allowed to be brought in – if attempted, items may be confiscated at the entrance.

Is there a cash machine on site?

Sorry, but there is no cash machine on site. There are several banks nearby and pass-outs are available should you need to use a cash machine.

Card payments are possible at the entrance, glasses stand and bars.

Is the site suitable for wheelchairs?

Yes, the site is reasonable to navigate and we have many customers in wheelchairs every year. There are disabled toilets on site, more details here.

Where can I find out about allergens in your products?

For beers, ciders, mead and wine, please ask at the bar where the product is being served from – volunteers will be able to advise. The food vendors are all independent operators and all should display allergen information. Please see the allergens page for more information.

I am vegetarian or vegan. What can I drink and eat?

Ask behind the bar for drinks. Some bottled beers and often all ciders and wines are also suitable. The food vendors are all independent operators and will be able to advise you which foods are suitable. There is more information available here.

I am a CAMRA member. Do I have to pay to get into the festival?

Entrance is free for CAMRA members at all sessions.

Are there beer tokens or is it a cash bar?

We don’t use tokens. We take cash or cards at the bars. Some of our food concessions are cash only.

Do you sell lager?

Yes. But do not expect to see the mass produced brands that you might see in your local. There will be a selection of imported lagers available at the international beer bar and a few British versions on the main bar.

Will I have to queue to get in?

We endeavour to ensure any queuing is kept to a minimum. However, if we reach our safety limit then we may have to go to “one out, one in”.

Anything else?

Please do contact us with any questions or queries you may have.