The sun may be finding a hard time visiting us this ‘flaming’ June, but it’s still summer, which means the clock is ticking down to the best outdoor summer beer festival in the UK – The Peterborough CAMRA Beerfest!

In just under 10 weeks’ time Peterborough CAMRA will be hosting the 38th annual beer festival.  The dates for this year’s event are Tuesday 25th – Saturday 29th August [full opening times & prices here]

The theme of this year’s logo is the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta which is being celebrated by events across the country with June 15th being declared Beer Day Britain. In fact beer drinkers should all raise a glass to this important historic charter as Clause 35 declared:

Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely ‘the London quarter’ 

beerfest posterHeld in 3 huge marquees on the River Nene Embankment, the Peterborough Beer Festival proudly displays one of the largest selections of real ale anywhere in the country. Last year over 420 different cask beers were on sale from over 170 brewers. A huge range of foreign bottled beers, and UK produced wine, cider and perries are also available and as always the Escape Bar provides the soft drinks.

This organisers are currently in the process of selecting and sourcing all the beer for the festival and a provisional list will be posted on the Peterborough CAMRA website from July onwards. This will, once again, include a number of festival specials that are brewed specifically for the Peterborough festival. An exclusive collaboration ale with a well-known brewer and Peterborough CAMRA will also feature at this year’s festival – details are still top secret! Previous years have seen beers brewed in conjunction with Hand Drawn Monkey (Huddersfield) /Bexar County (Peterborough), Hopshackle of Market Deeping and Brewsters of Grantham.

The layout is set to remain the same as in previous years with a “horseshoe” style walk-around enabling access from either side of the marquees. Cask ales are laid out alphabetically by brewery from the main entrance side allowing easy cross-referencing against beer lists in the festival programme. The popular ‘Singles’ bar is back in 2015 – the bar where only one cask of a particular brew is available. Bottled beer, cider and wine each have their own separate bar and are staffed by volunteers who have specific knowledge of these products and can answer questions about styles and tastes.

Peterborough Beer Festival is staffed entirely by unpaid CAMRA volunteers many of whom travel from all over the country to take part. A core Festival Committee work months in advance to plan, organise and deliver the annual 5 day event.

CAMRA is a non-commercial organisation and the Peterborough Beer Festival is an expensive event to host. Each year we offer sponsorship opportunities for you to promote your business at the festival and these start at only £100. If you would like to know more please contact our sponsorship manager Kevin Fordham on 07933 397767 or send an email to sponsorship@beer-fest.org.uk