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Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Festival Details

'Booze on the Ouse' BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 2021 SPECIAL AT ST NEOTS RUGBY CLUB

Thu 19 - Sun 22 August 2021

St Neots Rugby Club, St Neots PE19 1RU

We will have around 30 real ales and 6 real ciders & perries

FESTIVAL OPENING TIMES

Thu 19 Aug .... 12 pm to 10:30 pm
Fri 20 Aug ...... 12 pm to 10:30 pm
Sat 21 Aug .... 12 pm to 10:30 pm
Sun 22 Aug .... 12 pm to 6:00 pm
Or until the bar runs dry!

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 entry package. FREE admission for CAMRA Members and St Neots Rugby Club Members at all sessions.
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 volunteers@hunts.camra.org.uk.

There will be an exclusive special offer for those joining CAMRA at the festival
* * * A GREAT reason to join CAMRA! * * *

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. Other well-behaved, supervised dogs are welcome, but please avoid peak times (e.g. Friday evening) and show consideration for other customers who may be eating nearby.

Sponsors
We will be inviting companies, pubs and individuals to sponsor a cask of beer or a box of cider. For £30 per beer or cider sponsored, you will receive 2 free entry tickets and 2 free souvenir glasses. 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 30 cask conditioned beers from a wide range of local breweries.

The traditional cider bar will be serving a selection of tasty traditional cider and perry, sourced from quality local producers. There will be 6 ciders and perries available (whilst stocks last!).

Beer and Cider Lists

A fantastic list of real ales and cider is being developed at this very time, however it is not yet ready to be shared. Meanwhile please click on the links below to view the previous beer and cider/perry lists from St Neots 2020

Cask & KeyKeg Beer List - St Neots 2020
Cider & Perry List - St Neots 2020

FEATURES

Venue

The festival will be held at the St Neots Rugby Club, St Neots PE19 1RU

Getting There
St Neots Rugby Club is located just outside St Neots town centre beside the attractive riverbank of the Great Ouse. The club is about a 10 min walk from the town centre, and the traditional home of the festival in the Priory Centre. It is also around a 20 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

Entrance Package

This year the entry package has changed as we will be taking cash at the bars, no beer tokens this year. The entry arrangements this year will be:
1. The entrance fee:
£3 (£4 Fri after 6 pm) for non-CAMRA members
FREE ADMISSION for CAMRA and Rugby Club members at all sessions!
2. Buy 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. Please note that drinks from the bars must be served into lined glasses, so if you bring your own, it must be lined.


Glasses

We ask everyone attending the festival to only handle their own glass. Your glass and its contents will not come into contact with any part of dispensing system, ie it will not come into contact with the cask or tap so will not be in danger of cross contamination. As we have always reused customer glasses, this tap hygiene has always been a requirement for us, so it comes naturally. The volunteer serving you will sanitise between serving each customer, to reduce any potential cross contamination of glasses to a minimum. If you require a fresh glass, please return to the glasses stand to swap your glass.


Paying for Drinks
Purchase of all beer, cider and perry from the CAMRA bars, as well as the Rugby Club food and bar sales, will be in cash.

Food & Soft Drinks
Hot food and soft drinks will be available from the Rugby Club's bar.




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

OTHER DETAILS

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 Volunteers
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 volunteers@hunts.camra.org.uk.

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.

CONTACT DETAILS

Festival Organiser (Christopher Bee): festival@hunts.camra.org.uk
Volunteer Coordinator (Juliet Ferris): volunteers@hunts.camra.org.uk