Festival Details

ST NEOTS 'Booze on the Ouse' BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

Thu 14 - Sat 16 March 2019

Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots PE19 2BH

We will have around 70 real ales, plus around 15 real ciders and perries

FESTIVAL OPENING TIMES

Thu 18 Oct .... Noon - 10:30 pm
Fri 19 Oct ..... Noon - 10:30 pm
Sat 20 Oct .... Noon - 10:00 pm

Please Note: No entry or re-admission after 10.00 pm (9:30 pm Saturday)

Scroll down to see details of our £10 entry package and bar token system
Only £1 admission for CAMRA Members at all sessions.
We have reluctantly introduced this charge to help cover increased costs. To still get 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! * * *

Tickets available on the door only - No advance sales

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.

BEER & CIDER

Real Ales

We believe that the BEST CRAFT BEER IS SERVED FROM THE CASK!

Over the course of the festival we plan to serve more than 70 cask conditioned beers, from both well-established independent breweries and the newer 'craft' micro-breweries. As usual, we will have a wide range of cask 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 2018, held at the Great British Beer Festival at London's Olympia in August. The Cask Beer List will appear here a few weeks prior to the festival.

In addition to cask beer, a range of bottled conditioned beers from locally based Draycott Brewery and Papworth Brewery will also be available (served from the chiller on the cider bar):

Cider & Perry

The traditional cider bar will be serving a selection of tasty traditional cider and perry, sourced from quality producers, locally and elsewhere in Britain.

FEATURES

Venue

The festival will be held at the Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots PE19 2BH

Getting There
The Priory Centre is located in the heart of St Neots beside the attractive riverbank of the Great Ouse. The Centre is 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 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!
2. A token to use to collect your glass (worth £3) from the nearby stand. This year's glass design, kindly sponsored by Oakham Ales, is shown on the left. 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 (with the exception of bottle conditioned beers).
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 are welcome to 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

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 Organisers (Richard Harrison & Graham Mulchinock): festival@hunts.camra.org.uk
Volunteer Coordinator (Juliet Ferris): volunteers@hunts.camra.org.uk Tel 07590 579283