Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Festival Details


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


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 £10 entry package and bar token system. 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

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.

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.


Over the course of the festival we plan to serve 30 cask conditioned beers both well-established independent breweries and the newer 'craft' micro-breweries. We will have a wide range of beers sourced primarily from local breweries. We also plan to have some vegan and gluten free beers. 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 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



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
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

£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
FREE ADMISSION for CAMRA and Rugby Club 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 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 festival programme.

Paying for Drinks
Purchase of all beer, cider and perry 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
Hot food and soft drinks will be available from the Rugby Club's bar.
Please note that CAMRA bar tokens cannot be accepted for purchases from this 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


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

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.


Festival Organiser (Christopher Bee):
Volunteer Coordinator (Juliet Ferris):