STOP PRESS - THE FESTIVAL PROGRAMME BROCHURE WITH BEER & CIDER/PERRY LISTS IS NOW ON LINE AT THIS LINK
1. Event Description
With around 60 Real Ales and 25 Ciders/Perries, Bromley CAMRA’s Beckenham Beer Festival returns once again to the Beckenham Rugby Football Club in July 2022. The overall theme this year is on local breweries and environmental sustainability.
We are therefore supporting the CAMRA national campaigns of LocAle and Drink Greener. We are also promoting the fact that Cask is Back and celebrating the return of cask ales now that all lock-down restrictions have ended. And of course, our venue is situated in the clubhouse and verdant playing fields of a renowned rugby club. All of these theme elements are splendidly reflected in our festival logo.
We will be keeping our focus on fine beer and cider and so there will not be any entertainment laid on at any of our sessions. However, we hope to have one or two guest speakers – more on this when we have finalised our programme, so keep checking the Bromley CAMRA website and our social media channels. We will of course have our famous tombola with lots of exciting prizes!
During the duration of the festival the bar of Beckenham Rugby Club will be open for the sale of wines, spirits, soft drinks and snacks. A mobile catering unit will be at the festival to provide hot food and drinks, including vegetarian options. Drinking water will be available at all times.
Plans are in place to reduce the risk of Covid-19. These include:
2. Glasses and Programmes
A glass is provided free for everyone attending the festival. We’re using the large stock of CAMRA warehouse glasses to avoid the need for any new ones. This will help keep the festival secure, reduce the risk of transmission, and reduce our environmental impact. THE 'FREE-ISSUE' GLASSES ARE THE PROPERTY OF CAMRA AND MUST BE RETURNED BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE FESTIVAL. Stewards will be on duty at the exits to collect the glasses, or you can leave them near the glass cleaning area. A limited number of Souvenir keepsake etched pint glasses will be available to purchase for £2.00 each at the festival.
Customers can re-use their 'free-issue' glass for themselves throughout your session, or exchange it at any time for a fresh one; however, it must not be shared with other customers. If you want to re-use your glass, there will be a glass rinsing station should you require it. You may also bring your own drinking glasses if you wish as long as they have CE Marking at 1/3, 1/2 and one pint. All festival glasses are washed in a commercial dishwasher at high temperatures to kill off any biological particles and use an approved cleaning solution.
A limited number of festival programmes and/or beer and cider/perry lists will be available free of charge at the festival, but you are advised to download a free copy from our festival website page when the details are published nearer the festival date.
3. Special Event
A special event is planned on the opening day of the festival on Thursday 28 July. There will be a unique opportunity to discover a selection of great London beers in the expert company of renowned beer writer and Accredited Beer Sommelier Des de Moor at an exclusive festival tasting. The planned start time for the tasting session is 4.30pm, but may be slightly later depending on arrangements on the day.
You will be given 6 carefully chosen beers to drink and Des will take you through a beer tasting and appreciation. He will also talk about beer styles and the recent astonishing renaissance of brewing in the capital. Places will be limited and cost £6 online or £7.50 at the door, so please book in advance on the online ticket page. Des will also be near the membership stand on Thursday signing copies of the new 3rd edition of his award-winning guidebook London's Best Beer, Pubs and Bars.
The tasting session and book signing will start late afternoon and run into early evening. Des will be around most of the afternoon to personally sign any copies of his book purchased at the festival.
4. Tickets, Admissions and Beer Tokens
Tickets and beer & cider vouchers will go on general sale through the CAMRA online TCKTY system from 6:00am on Friday 8th April 2022 and the festival runs over the following three separately ticketed daily sessions:
Ticket entry prices will be £3 if bought online and £4 at the door. A £7 bargain entry ticket valid for the three festival days is also available online. To assist the festival operation, you are strongly advised to buy your tickets and beer & cider voucher(s) online if possible. When buying tickets and beer & cider vouchers online make sure you choose the correct category and day. NO TICKET REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ANY REASON OTHER THAN THE CANCELLATION OF OUR EVENT.
Payment for all beer and cider at the festival will be by using 10p tokens only. You can buy a £10 beer & cider voucher online at the same time as you buy your entry ticket. If you have purchased a beer & cider voucher online this will be exchanged for a token card of 100 x 10p tokens at the festival on the day(s) you attend. If buying tickets and beer & cider vouchers online you can print them out or leave them on your phone. Your tickets and vouchers will be scanned and checked for validity on entry to the festival. You will also be able to buy more £10 beer & cider token cards at the festival. You are encouraged to donate your unused 10p tokens to our nominated festival charities, but you will receive a refund of your 10p's if requested.
CAMRA members and under 26 will have free entry to the festival. If you qualify for ‘free entry’ you do not need to use the online ticket process to obtain an entrance ticket, however, you will have to show your CAMRA membership card and/or show proof of age on entry to the festival. Tickets for Des de Moor's Special Tasting Session on Thursday will still need to be purchased as there is no 'free entry' to this event. Please also purchase your beer & cider voucher(s) online if you can.
Non-CAMRA members who wish to join CAMRA at the Festival will be given a joining offer of two free pints of beer or cider and a refund of their entrance fee.
No unaccompanied persons under 18 will be admitted. If you are lucky enough to look under the age of 25 then please come with proof of age such as a photo ID as you may be asked to produce it at the door. No refunds will be given in cases where admission is refused due to an inability to produce proof of age when challenged.
We welcome families and accompanied children are permitted. Well-behaved dogs on a lead are admitted. For Health & Safety and legal reasons no children are allowed into any beer or cider serving areas at any time. Dogs are not permitted in the beer or cider serving areas or in any food areas.
Bromley CAMRA is the local branch of the national consumer organisation CAMRA. We are part of the Greater London CAMRA region and have existed as an independent branch since 2011. We have around 1500 members who support us in our local campaigns and enjoy our social activities. New members are always welcome.
CAMRA is an independent, voluntary organisation which campaigns for real ale as well as protecting and promoting community pubs and clubs and fighting for consumer rights.
CAMRA has over 180,000 members across the country who work to champion beer and drinkers as well as pub and club goers. Its campaigns range from protecting pubs threatened with closure, fighting unfair taxation on beer and cider and ensuring fair competition and choice in the pub and beer market.
CAMRA members support well-run pubs as the centres of community life and believe their continued existence plays a critical social role in UK culture. For more information on our campaigns, please visit: camra.org.uk/campaigns.
Our festivals are all about introducing you to great beer and cider and are run by our members, who volunteer their time to make our events extra special. They bring together years of experience with a passion for top quality real ale and local knowledge that's hard to beat!
• Protect and improve consumer rights
• Promote quality, choice and value for money
• Support the public house as a focus of community life
• Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture
• Seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry