Herefordshire CAMRA

BEER ON THE WYE XIV: HEREFORD BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

Friday 6th July to Sunday 8th July, 2018 at Hereford Rowing Club, Greyfriars Avenue, Hereford, HR4 0BE.

Note that additional information is available on our dedicated festival website.

Beer & Cider
Sounds
Food Glorious Food
Admission
Getting There
Camping
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ARE YOU READY HEREFORDSHIRE?

Herefordshire’s biggest beer and cider festival is set to return once again to the banks of the River Wye at the city’s rowing club over the weekend of the 6th to 8th July 2018.

BEER ON THE WYE

Over 120 different beers (of every conceivable style, hue and strength) from the length of breath of the nation will feature on the main Beer Bar - a leviathan of barrels stretching for over 120 feet. Included is the ever-popular Herefordshire Brewers’ Bar sponsored this year by Swan Brewery, where you can try some of the very best wares from our county brewers. You may download the beer list here.

The team from the Hereford Beer House will be bringing their wealth of experience to the International beer bar this year, so look out for what will be an amazing selection of beers from across the world. There really is something for everyone – whatever your taste in beer.

To top it all off quite nicely comes an imaginative selection of beers from across the world. You may download the beer list here.

CIDER ON THE WYE

To showcase Herefordshire’s cider heritage we aim to bring you over 120 different cider and perries to try again this year. A hundred of these are from Herefordshire producers with some excellent offerings from outside the county too.

This year we are also proud to host the prestigious CAMRA West Midlands Cider Competition (as well as the already established Perry Competition), the winners of both going through to the national stages.

People come from all over the UK (nay the world) to see (and try!) the largest selection of Herefordshire draught ciders and perries ever assembled under one roof. It all makes for a most impressive sight (and taste). You may download the cider list here.

CHILLED ON THE WYE

It is important that the beers, cider and perries and served in tip-top condition, so all of them are chilled.

This means your beer or cider is served in your glass just right every time for sitting on the grass and watching the waters on the river amble by.

We sell all the beers, ciders and perries in third-pint measures, as well as the usual halves and pints. This means you can try more of them without having to spend any more money. And every pint we sell is properly chilled, meaning a perfect drink is served every time!

RELAX ON THE WYE

With its wonderful laid-back atmosphere set in a riverside meadow in the historic heart of Hereford, Beer on the Wye has become a ‘must-do’ festival for many. People come from near and far. Last year over 6,600 people attended over the three days and drank between them over 24,400 pints – and this year we are expecting more people to drink more beer and cider! And we’re proud to boast that it’s always incident-free. It’s just a great event in a fabulous location.

DINE ON THE WYE

Again there will be an extensive choice of sensibly-priced hot and cold food to help proceedings along. Besides staples such as fish and chips, pizza and a griddle, there will be a hog roast, pies, pasties and falafels. Food is available at all times and includes a number of vegetarian options. There is a hot breakfast service provided on the Saturday and Sunday for those camping.

FAMILY FUN ON THE WYE

We’re proud that Beer on the Wye is a family-friendly event. It’s always trouble-free and we are happy to admit accompanied, well-behaved children up to 6pm. However, the best time for families is without doubt our popular Family Fun Day on the Sunday.

Run by our festival charity, HOPE Support Services, The Family Fun Day runs from 12noon until 5pm and admission is only £1; accompanied kids for free. Parents can relax and enjoy some of the many beers, ciders and perries at a discounted price, whilst the little ‘uns get to enjoy the bags full of entertainment and activities laid on for them.

Activities include a children’s entertainer; crazy disco; slide and sumo wrestling; face-painting and many other fun activities. Acoustic music and Morris Dancers complete the picture. There is festival fruit punch, soft drinks, crisps and a sweetie van on site.

BANDS
Friday 6pmVo & TylerAcoustic Americana, Country & Folk
Friday 7.30pmMamma FunkFunk & Soul
Friday 9.30pmWayne Martin Band Blues Rock
Saturday 3pmWhalebone Eclectic Acoustic Instrumental Folk
Saturday 4:30pmNature of Wires Darkwave & SynthPop
Saturday 6pmLast Tree SquadRagga Reggae
Saturday 7.30pmThe RootersClassic Rock
Saturday 9.30pmSkabucksSka
Sunday 2pmNikki RousAcoustic Contemporary Classic Pop, Folk & Rock

SOUNDS ON THE WYE!

Our fantastic festival is not just about beer, cider and perry, we like to add some atmosphere and a party feel to the event. This year we have nine live acts on the festival stage across the weekend.

The Wayne Martin Band and Mamma Funk headline on the Friday night and Skabucks and The Rooters head up the Saturday night.

Altogether our music offer comprises Acoustic Americana, Country & Folk, Funk & Soul, Blues Rock, Darkwave & SynthPop, Ragga Reggae, Classic Rock, Ska and Acoustic Contemporary Classic Pop, Folk & Rock.

CAMPING ON THE WYE

CAMPING CHARGES per night
small/medium tent pitch£10.00
large tent or caravan/camper van£15.00
NO NEED TO BOOK - JUST TURN UP AND PAY ON ARRIVAL

Whether you want to come for the whole weekend or just want somewhere nearby to crash out, the good news is that there is the Festival Village next door to the main festival site. It has a laid-back atmosphere all of its own – why not make a weekend of it? Many do!

Suitable for tents and caravans, facilities include access to washrooms, showers and toilets 24/7. There’s even a hot breakfast service provided on-site on the Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9am.

Car parking costs £3 for up to 24 hours subject to availability.

CHILDREN

Well-behaved children are welcome, but are only admitted on the basis that they are accompanied and supervised AT ALL TIMES by a paying adult, and last admission is 6pm.

Children are not permitted on site after 9pm on the Friday and Saturday. If you have younger children, then we recommend attending on the Sunday afternoon (see the Family Fun Day details above).

DOGS

Well-behaved dogs are welcome, but must be kept on a lead at all times.

OTHER

Alcoholic drinks will not be sold to those aged under 18. You may be asked to provide proof of age on the door and/or at the bar if you look young enough to be under 25 (Challenge 25).

Herefordshire CAMRA reserves the right of admission at all times. Beer on the Wye is always a trouble-free event, but should any person(s) misbehave, such that they cause a problem for staff or affect the enjoyment of others, then they will be requested to leave by our professional security personnel.

Before you can buy any alcoholic drink at the festival, you will need a commemorative festival glass: these come in halves and pints (both marked with third measures) and cost just £2 on the door. Should you not wish to keep your glass as a memento, you can return it for a refund as you leave the festival.

Whilst you are welcome to bring your own food and snacks, only alcoholic drinks PURCHASED AT THE BEER ON THE WYE may be consumed at the festival.

Beer on the Wye XIV is organised and run by HEREFORDSHIRE CAMRA

OPENING TIMES & ADMISSION
Friday6th July2.00pm-11.00pm £4
Saturday7th Julynoon-11.00pm £6
Sunday8th Julynoon-5.00pm £1

FESTIVAL BASICS – WHEN & HOW MUCH!

See box on right.

CAMRA members pay the normal price but get a £2 allowance, (£1 on Sunday) in lieu of discount.

Festival entry packs available on the door speed up the entry process. £10 on Friday or £15 on Saturday, will cover admission and a choice of pint or half-pint festival glass, with the rest made up in drink tokens to get you started. Both the glass deposit and tkens are refundable

Entry comes with a FREE festival programme, which lists all the drinks available.

JOIN CAMRA at this festival and get TWO FREE PINTS (three for joint membership). CAMRA membership gives you the opportunity to buy a range of heavily-discounted books at the festival, including the best-selling national CAMRA Good Beer Guide and the third edition of our award-winning Herefordshire Pubs Guide.

Herefordshire CAMRA reserves the right of admission at all times. Beer on the Wye is always a trouble-free event, but should any person(s) misbehave, such that they cause a problem for staff or affect the enjoyment of others, then they will be requested to leave by our professional security personnel.

GETTING TO BEER ON THE WYE…

Beer on the Wye is to be held at Hereford Rowing Club - postal address: 37, Greyfriars Avenue, HEREFORD. HR4 0BE. Click for Map

There are regular direct trains to Hereford from Manchester, Crewe, Shrewsbury, Ludlow and South Wales operated by Arriva Trains Wales. West Midlands Railway operate direct trains from Birmingham New Street, Worcester and Malvern, and Great Western Railway operate services from London Paddington, Reading and Oxford. Services run until late at night. Beer on the Wye is about a 20-25 minute stroll from Hereford Railway station. There is a taxi rank at the station.

You can save money if you travel in a group to this event by train - ask for a ‘Groupsave’ ticket where groups of 3-9 adults travelling together get a discount of 34% discount (West Midlands and Great Western) or 25% (Arriva Trains Wales) For rail times and fares go online at: National Rail website or ring 08457 484950.

Options to travel to the event by bus are more limited. Regular and late night services link the nearby centres of Leominster, Kington, Ross-on-Wye and Ledbury to Hereford. For bus information please go on-line at: Travel Line or ring 08706 082608.

Car parking costs £3 for up to 24 hours subject to availability.

FESTIVAL CHARITY

We are delighted to announce that the chosen charity for 2018 is once again Hope Support Services based in Ross-on-Wye, who support children dealing with a family member diagnosed with a potentially life-threatening illness.

CONTACT US

Whether volunteering to work, asking about a sales stand pitch or looking to advertise in the festival programme – just get in touch. Contact Kerry Gibson-Yates via e-mail.