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Wednesday 8 to Saturday 11 October 2014
Opening hours: Wednesday - 6pm to 11pm, Thursday to Saturday - 11am to 11pm
Tickets On Sale From Monday 2 June For Nottingham City's Annual World Beating Craft Beer & Real Cider Extravaganza
Yes - tickets can soon be purchased ahead of Nottingham CAMRA's annual festival, which offers the widest choice of draught cask conditioned craft beers in the entire world. Once again this year we will be offering a world beating 1,000 different real ales, not to mention over 200 different real ciders! The festival is again being held in the wonderful grounds of Nottingham Castle right in the city centre and as in previous years will not be all-ticket. A full programme of entertainment will again be offered all day from Wednesday evening to Saturday, down on the bandstand.
As last year, the festival will be fully open on Wednesday evening, including entertainment on the bandstand and catering stalls. All beers and ciders that are ready will be on sale, except the limited number that are being judged in the SIBA competition the next day, which should mean around 650 different cask beers will be available to try. This gives you a chance to sample some of our rare and interesting beers ahead of the traditional Thursday opening and at a discounted admission price. The East Midlands CAMRA Regional Cider Competition will be being held during the Wednesday evening, so you will be able to view this if you wish.
Tickets are again being sold as a package, which includes a commemorative glass (refundable at £3) and 10 beer tokens (refundable at 50p each) - two tokens will buy you a third of most beers and ciders and three will buy a half pint. CAMRA members are given a further five tokens on production of a current membership card on entry. You can bring your own Govt. stamped glass if you wish - but if you want to drink thirds it must have a third of a pint line on it as we will have no measures available. Customers can opt to take an extra 6 tokens in lieu of a commemorative tankard if they wish
The package price for all day, any time, admission on Thursday, Friday and Saturday is £15. On the Wednesday evening this price is discounted to a bargain £10!
'EarlyBird' tickets are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday for those who wish to enter the festival before 1pm, but please be aware there are no pass-outs or re-admissions. This is for special advance ticket holders only, not for customers paying on the gate, and the discounted price for EarlyBird tickets is £12.50. Customers with an EarlyBird ticket will not be admitted after 1:00pm and the tickets are not refundable.
So go on get your advance tickets - you know it makes sense!
Finally and sadly, a few negatives that we have to make clear and will be enforcing this year:
Sorry no dogs are allowed on site - this is a City council ruling that applies at all times of the year.
Pass-outs will not be available again this year, due to abuse of their use at previous events.
Due to licensing restrictions, under-18s are not allowed to purchase tickets and they are not permitted to enter the beer tents, age will be verified on entry. Under 18's are allowed into the castle grounds during normal Castle opening hours (City Council admission charges may apply) but they will be required to leave site at 5pm .
Cash entry will be possible at the full prices quoted above (no EarlyBird discounts). However entry is dependent on available space in the grounds and there may be long queues at peak times, and occasionally cash entry will have to be suspended altogether. This is why it is strongly recommended you buy advance tickets to this massively popular event, as this guarantees access.
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