Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Booze on the Ouse Festivals


In place of the Autumn Booze on the Ouse 2020 Beer and Cider festival, we have arranged a Booze on the Ouse Ale Trail for pubs in and around St Ives. Please follow this Festival Details link to access the downloadable Ale Trail map and Information or click on the logo below.

Please enjoy the Ale Trail safely, and fingers crossed we will be back with the usual schedule of Booze on the Ouse Beer and Cider Festivals soon.

The two annual 'Booze on the Ouse' Beer and Cider Festivals are held in St Neots & St Ives in March and October

St Neots
'Booze on the Ouse'
Beer & Cider Festival

Priory Centre, Priory Lane,
St Neots PE19 2BH

Main Festival Sponsor:
Papworth Brewery

St Ives
'Booze on the Ouse'
Beer & Cider Festival

Burgess Hall, Westwood Road,
St Ives PE27 6WU

Click on the logo above or the links below for specific details of our next festival

We aim to have approximately 65 real ales, plus 16 ciders and perries

Festival Opening Times

Thu - 11 am to 10:30 pm
Fri - 11 am to 10:30 pm
Sat - 11 am to 10 pm

Festival Themes

Booze on the Ouse has a festival theme each year, which can be inspired by an anniversary of a historic event or a celebration of branch achievement or relationship. The festival glasses are designed to incorporate the theme, and are unique to each years festival, making them an ideal keep sake and collectable.

As you will see from the logo, our theme for this year is the opening of the new section of the A14 running through Huntingdonshire. Several exciting finds were unearthed prior to and during the construction of the new road. These included the bones of a woolly mammoth and a woolly rhinoceros excavated near Fenstanton. Experts believe the remains, found in what was once an ancient river, could be at least 130,000 years old. The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) was one species of mammoth which became extinct around 10,000 years ago. They could reach up to 3.5 m in height and weighed six to eight tonnes.

More relevant to the festival, road workers also uncovered what is thought to be the earliest evidence of beer being brewed in Britain, that could date back to 400BC. The find was uncovered in fragments of charred residue from the beer-making process. The fragments were similar to bread but showed evidence of fermentation and contained larger pieces of cracked grains and bran, rather than fine flour. Ancient populations used the beer-making process to purify water and create a safe source of hydration.
Much as we appreciate the early opening of this major road, please do not drink and drive!

Tickets and Admission
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).

An entry package will be offered. This covers the entry fee, a glass deposit, with the remainder in tokens to spend at the bar. Extra tokens can also be purchased on entry or at any time during the festival. You are welcome to keep your festival glass, although undamaged glasses may be returned for a refund of your deposit.

Trade Session
Our trade session, which is open to the everyone, will be held between 2 and 5 pm on the Thursday, with pub awards to be presented at ca 4 pm. Complimentary tickets for publicans will be distributed with your prior issue of Opening Times magazine.

Sponsor a Cask!
We will be inviting companies, pubs and individuals to sponsor a cask or KeyKeg of beer or a box of cider. For £35 per beer or cider sponsored, you will receive 2 free entry tickets, 2 free souvenir glasses and £10 worth of beer tokens. Other packages are available for sponsorship of multiple casks, such as £25 for each additional cask without the free stuff.

If you sponsor a cask, you will be able to select which beer or cider you would like to sponsor; this will be on a 'first come first served' basis from when the beer list is posted (ca. 3 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 or insert in the festival programme.

Please contact ku.gro.armac.stnuh@pihsrosnops if you would like to sponsor a cask.

More information
If you have any questions about the 'Booze on the Ouse', see Festival Details for more information or please contact ku.gro.armac.stnuh@lavitsef

Volunteering to help at 'Booze on the Ouse'

Photos of Previous Festivals

Other local CAMRA festivals
CAMRA Festivals Nearby
Cambridge Beer Festival
Peterborough Beer Festival
National Festivals
National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF)
Great British Beer Festival Held in London in August