A: 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.
A: Yes, children under 18 are welcome. They must be with a responsible adult – a 17 year old with an 18 or 19 year old friend is not sufficient. As with any licensed premises, it is illegal for under 18s to buy (or attempt to buy) or consume alcohol. It’s also illegal to buy (or attempt to buy) alcohol for somebody under 18. Saturday is family day, when entertainment for children are also provided.
A: At the bars, the festival supports and operates the Challenge 21 scheme. If you are lucky enough to appear under 21, then please don’t be offended if 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.
A: You are free to bring your own food into the festival. However, there is a wide a 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.
A: Sorry, but there is not a cash machines on site. Therefore, please make sure that you bring enough cash with you. There are also several banks nearby and pass-outs are available should you need to use a cash machine.
A: 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.
A: 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.
A: Ask behind the bar for suitable beers for you. Some bottled beers and normally 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.
A: Yes, that is true, in fact apart from the brewery bar staff and food vendors, everyone else is an unpaid volunteer. The majority are from the Cambridge area but quite a few travel from other parts of the country, indeed the world, to work here and serve you with beer. However, if you are local, perhaps you’d like to consider volunteering to help ensure your festival continues to be held.
A: 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 Foreign Beer Bar and a few British versions on the main bar.