ST NEOTS 'Booze on the Ouse' BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL
Thu 12 - Sat 14 March 2020
Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots PE19 2BH
Main Festival Sponsor: Papworth Brewery
We will have around 60 real ales, 5 KeyKeg beers and 16 real ciders / perries
FESTIVAL OPENING TIMES
Thu 12 Mar .... 11 am to 10:30 pm
Fri 13 Mar ...... 11 am to 10:30 pm
Sat 14 Mar .... 11 am to 10:00 pm
Tickets available on the door only - No advance sales
Please Note: No entry or re-admission after 10.00 pm
Scroll down for details of our £10 entry package and bar token system. Admission for CAMRA Members is only £1 at all sessions.
We have reluctantly introduced this charge to help cover increased costs. For free entry (and more!), you are welcome to volunteer to help at the festival. Please see Volunteering to help at 'Booze on the Ouse' or contact our Volunteers Coordinator at email@example.com.
There will be an exclusive special offer for those joining CAMRA at the festival
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Families are welcome until 8 pm each day
Please remember that it is against the law to purchase alcohol if you are under 18,
or to purchase alcohol on behalf of someone who is under 18.
If you are lucky enough to appear under 21, you can expect to be asked to prove your age
Assistance dogs are welcome in the festival at all times. Unfortunately, the venue does not allow non-assistance dogs in the hall. However, well-behaved, supervised dogs are welcome in the outdoor balcony area.
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.
BEER & CIDER
Over the course of the festival we plan to serve 60 cask conditioned beers and 5 KeyKeg beers, from both well-established independent breweries and the newer 'craft' micro-breweries. As usual, we will have a wide range of beers sourced from local and regional breweries from across the UK. We also plan to have some vegan and gluten free beers and to feature beers that are winners and runners up in the Champion Beer of Britain Competition 2019, held at the Great British Beer Festival at Kensington Olympia in August. Click on the link below to see the draft list.
The traditional cider bar will be serving a selection of tasty traditional cider and perry, sourced from quality producers, locally and elsewhere in Britain. There will be 16 ciders and perries available (whilst stocks last!).
Beer and Cider Lists
Click the links below to see the St Neots 2020 beer & cider lists. There may be some alterations up until the festival due to unavailability, but we will do our best to keep these lists up to date.
The Priory Centre is located in the heart of St Neots beside the attractive riverbank of the Great Ouse. The Centre is around a 15 min walk or 5 min taxi ride from St Neots Station, which is on the Great Northern rail line linking London Kings Cross / St Pancras and Peterborough, via Stevenage. See www.greatnorthernrail.com
You can take the Stagecoach X5 bus (alight at St Neots Market Square) with regular services linking Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Oxford. There are also some local bus services within the St Neots area. For more details, see stagecoachbus.com
£10 Entrance Package
To minimise queues, all admissions to the festival will be by entry package; simply pay £10 (cash or card) admission which includes:
1. The entrance fee:
£3 (£4 Fri after 6 pm) for non-CAMRA members
Only £1 for CAMRA members at all sessions!
2. A token to use to collect your glass (worth £3) from the nearby stand. This year's glass design, kindly sponsored by IVO Brewery, is shown below. The glass token may be refunded immediately if you intend to use your own glass or tankard. Please note that drinks from the bars must be served into lined glasses .
3. The remainder in bar tokens to spend on drinks and snacks at the bar. Additional bar tokens can be purchased at the entrance or look out for our volunteers selling tickets in the festival.
The admission includes a free souvenir festival programme.
Paying for Drinks
Purchase of all beer, cider, perry and snacks from the CAMRA bars will require bar tokens. Volunteers serving behind the bars are not authorised to take cash. Sheets of tokens will be on sale in £5 and £10 amounts. Any unused tokens can be exchanged for a full refund or can be donated to our festival charity; the Huntingdonshire group of the Wildlife Trust.
Food & Soft Drinks
Our festival catering will again be provided by our friends from the nearby Bridge House pub. A stall selling hot and cold food will be operating at all sessions. Tea, coffee, soft drinks and a selection of cakes and snacks can be obtained from the Cafe Bar at the Priory Centre. Please note that CAMRA bar tokens cannot be accepted for purchases from the food stall or cafe bar.
Snacks such as nuts and pork scratchings will be sold at the real ale and cider bars. Bar tokens must be used to purchase snacks; CAMRA volunteers are unable to accept cash at these bars.
Free soft drinks will be available from the Cider Bar for the designated driver of your party. You may bring in soft drinks purchased from outside the venue (but please do not bring in alcohol purchased elsewhere).
CAMRA Membership Stand
Come along and chat to our volunteers and learn more about CAMRA, beer, brewing and pubs. Join CAMRA at the festival for some exclusive offers
Children at the Festival
Whilst lunchtime is the ideal time to bring the family to the festival, we do allow children into the hall until 8 pm. Under 18s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
The Festival is organised and run by members of CAMRA who are all unpaid volunteers. We are always looking for more more helpers, so if you're not already a member, why not join at the festival's CAMRA stand. If you can help at any session, please see Volunteering to help at 'Booze on the Ouse' or contact the Volunteers Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SIX TOP TIPS for a great festival
1. Come early! - You will get the best selection of beers and ciders on Thursday and Friday afternoon. Friday evening is always our busiest session; space, seating and tables will be limited.
2. The beer and cider lists are posted online (around a month before the festival opens) - Check them out in advance and you can plan what you would like to try (note that not all beers and ciders will be available at all sessions). You can also get more information by following us on Twitter (@HuntsCAMRA) or Facebook (HuntsCAMRA).
3. The volunteers are real ale or cider/perry enthusiasts - If you are unsure what you would like, please ask them for their recommendations. Our volunteers will be delighted to offer you a couple of 'tasters' so you can try before you buy. You are unlikely to be disappointed!
4. Drink responsibly - Pace yourself and drink thirds or halves. You can then try more different beers and ciders. Start with lower ABV (alcohol by volume) products. There is no need to try everything in one session!
5. Keep hydrated - As well as beer and cider, please drink plenty of water or soft drinks.
6. Bring your friends - Even if they don’t normally drink real ale or cider, we think that most people will enjoy the atmosphere and find something new that they really love.