Welcome to Cambridge & District CAMRA's beer festivals site. The Cambridge & District branch of CAMRA currently organises three beer festivals every year.

The next beer festival is The 20th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival,
Thursday the 21 to Saturday the 23 January 2016, University Social Club

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  • Saturday 17th October, 21:34 : #camoctfest is all but over. Thanks to all of you who came along. We'll be doing this all again at #cwaf: January 21-23 2016.
  • Saturday 17th October, 21:13 : Still some German draught on though.
  • Saturday 17th October, 21:13 : If anybody wants some @Gyle59brew Toujours you're in luck at #camoctfest. Everything else on that side of the bar is a bt empty.
  • Saturday 17th October, 20:41 : That's it for the cider. A few British beers left still, and a decent amount of draught German.

Cambridge Beer Festival

The Cambridge Beer Festival was first held in 1974. This festival is the branch's largest and its main beer festival. During its long run, the festival has had several homes but since 2001 has been held on Jesus Green in late May. The festival is the United Kingdom's longest running CAMRA beer festival and currently the second largest regional beer festival. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draught beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter, where a very wide range of fine cheeses, together with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury items are available.

Cambridge Winter Ale Festival

After a brief outing in 1986, the winter ale festival started it's current run in 1997. This festival is the branch's second largest beer festival, generally held in late January at the University Social Club, Mill Lane. The festival features a range of local and national beers, with an emphasis on traditional winter beers, plus locally produced ciders and a selection of bottled beers from around the world.

Cambridge Octoberfest

The Cambridge Octoberfest was first held in 2007. The branch's smallest beer festival, has been held every year so far in October at the University Social Club, Mill Lane. The festival emphasis is on European beers and aims to have all the Munich Oktoberfest beers available. Local brewers provide both traditional English and European style beers, plus some locally produced Ciders.


All of the festivals are organised and run by unpaid volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers, old and new, to join us. As a volunteer you get cheap beer and free food. If you'd like to help out, whether just for a few hours one evening or throughout a Festival, you will be made most welcome. Don't worry about needing experience, as training will be given and we have a wide range of jobs available. You can volunteer for the upcoming festivals on line. We look forward to welcoming you as a volunteer.