Welcome to the Huntingdonshire CAMRA website!

Introduction

This site will show you who the Huntingdonshire Branch of CAMRA are, what we do and how to join in our activities. Here you'll find details of the branch and our campaigning activities (About our Branch), how CAMRA started (History of CAMRA) and the geographical area we cover (Branch Area Map).

You can keep up to date on local pub and brewery news (Opening Times Magazine), read more about our LocAle scheme promoting locally brewed beers, and find details of local pubs that offer Discounts to CAMRA Members. Check out our branch diary for details of meetings and social events (Hunts Branch Diary), listings of local pubs (Local Pubs) and local breweries (Local Breweries) and information about our St Ives and St Neots beer festivals and other local beer festivals (Booze on the Ouse Festivals).

The Campaign for Real Ale is the pub-goers champion. We promote quality beers in great pubs and defend the rights of the drinker. If you drink beer or like pubs CAMRA is the place for you! If you want to carry on drinking good beer in great pubs join CAMRA and protect your pleasure. For an introduction to CAMRA, please Start Here. For more information on CAMRA nationally, check out the CAMRA website.

"Booze on the Ouse" Beer & Cider Festivals

The next festival will be the St Ives 'Booze on the Ouse' Festival from Thu 19 to Sat 21 Oct 2017

Put the dates in you diary now!

Our 2017 theme is the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1. This was the first artificial Earth satellite, launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit by the Soviet Union on 4 October 1957. It was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere (similar in size to a firkin of ale!), with four external radio antennae to broadcast radio pulses.

To celebrate this, we will be looking to source some beers and ciders with out of this world names! We will also be ordering many of the category winners and runners up from the Champion Beer of Britain Competition held during CAMRA's Great British Beer Festival in August.

We plan to order more than 70 real ales, plus around 20 ciders / perries

The St Ives 'Booze on the Ouse' Beer & Cider Festival will be held at the
Burgess Hall, One Leisure, Westwood Rd, St Ives PE27 6WU

The planned opening times are:

- Thu 19 Oct - Noon to 10:30 pm
- Fri  20 Oct  - Noon to 10:30 pm
- Sat 21 Oct  - Noon to 10:00 pm

Please contact us at ku.gro.armac.stnuh@lavitsef if you have any questions about the festival.

No advance sales - Tickets will be available on the door only
To reduce queues and improve service, a token system will again be used for all purchases at the bar (beer, cider, wine and snacks).

A £10 entry package will be offered. This covers the entry fee (£2 or £3 for non-CAMRA members only), a glass deposit (£3), with the remainder in tokens to spend at the bar. Extra tokens can also be purchased on entry

Entrance is free for CAMRA members at all times
So your £10 entry package includes the glass deposit and £7 of bar tokens!

Trade Session
Our trade session will be held between 2 and 5 pm on Thu 19 Oct, with pub awards to be presented at 4 pm. Complimentary tickets are being distributed with your delivery of our Opening Times magazine. However, if you are in the trade (e.g. pub, bar, brewery or distributor) and have not received your tickets by the end of September, please contact us at ku.gro.armacstnuh@lavitsef

Sponsor a Cask!
We will be inviting companies, pubs and individuals to sponsor a cask of beer (or a tub/box of cider). The cost of this starts at £30 per cask and you will receive 2 free entry tickets and £10 worth of beer tokens. Other packages are available for sponsorship of multiple casks.

If you sponsor a cask, you will be able to select which beer you would like to sponsor; this will be on a 'first come first served' basis from when the beer list is posted (ca. 4 weeks before the festival opens). Names of companies, pubs or individuals will be displayed at the entrance and above the product(s) they are sponsoring. You are also welcome to bring along advertising flyers etc. to put on the tables in the hall

Please contact ku.gro.armac.stnuh@lavitsef if you would like to sponsor a cask or if you have any questions about the festival.

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