Herefordshire CAMRA


Friday 8th July to Sunday 10th July, 2016 at Hereford Rowing Club, Greyfriars Avenue, Hereford, HR4 0BE.

Beer & Cider
Food Glorious Food
Getting There


Now recognised as an annual ‘must-do’ event for the county, our giant big top-style marquee will be returning once again to the banks of the River Wye - pitched right in the heart of historic Hereford. It isn’t just the great location (in a meadow next to the city’s Rowing Club) that makes the festival so enjoyable, it has also gained a reputation for being a friendly ‘do’ that attracts people year after year from the length and breadth of the UK.

It isn’t just visitors who come from afar, so do many of the 120+ cask beers – with a real gamut of beer styles and strengths featuring on the single 120 foot-long main bar. Again our unique collection of draught Herefordshire ciders and perries will be complemented by some of the better ciders from outside the county. The ever-popular Herefordshire Brewers’ Bar and Foreign Beer Bar complete the drinks picture. And with every drink being properly chilled, your beer or cider is always in prime condition when served - absolutely ideal for a fine day down by the river.

But Beer on the Wye isn’t just about real beer and cider. Hot, cold and vegetarian food ensures that the opportunity is always there to mop up the alcohol, and eight live bands keep the marquee rocking well into the evenings.


Beer on the Wye will showcase 125 different real beers from breweries the length and breadth of the UK, with styles ranging from light ales to stouts; from lagers to dark milds, and probably everything in between. You may download the beer list here.

The World Beers Bar will again offer 40 eclectic and interesting beers from overseas, for those with more international tastes.

It may be called Beer on the Wye, but an undoubted highlight will again be the Cider Bar. This will feature 130 different ciders and perries – with a hundred of them from Herefordshire and, for the first time, a sprinkling of some of the better ciders and perries from a bit further afield. You may download the cider list here.

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!

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.

Friday 6pm Mike Parker Roots, blues, folk and Americana
Friday 7.30pm The World of Subduction Reggae, Fusion, Alternative
Friday 9.30pm The Luke Doherty Band Blues, Classic Rock
Saturday 3pm Slippery Slope Klezmer, French, Ska, Gypsy, Folk
Saturday 5:30pm The Rooters Classic Rock Covers
Saturday 7.30pm The Hayriders Rockabilly Rock n Roll
Saturday 9.30pm The Skimmity Hitchers Scrumpy & Western
Sunday 2pm Emma & The Professor Acoustic Contemporary Folk Roots


Beer on the Wye prides itself on its good music. This year we will again be presenting a great selection of local bands covering a broad range of tastes.


Food (hot and cold) will be available at ALL times the festival is open, with vegetarians well catered for. Five food concessions will be offering fish & chips, pizzas, sausage, hot dogs, burgers, baguettes, falafel and a hog roast (when it’s gone it’s gone!). A hot breakfast service will be provided on the festival site for campers on the Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Tyrrells crisps will be available on the various bars at all times.


Sunday really is THE day for families. We’ve really pulled out the stops this year. There is more than ever to amuse the little people with it being our Family Fun Day. Activities include Kid’s Crafty Corner; there’ll be an entertainer, a kiddies slide, fun pillow-bash, mechanical horse, bikes, skittles, stocks, face-painting and more besides. And to please everyone live music comes in the shape of Acoustic Folk outfit, Emma & The Professor alternating with Leominster Womens Morris (Jenny Pipes). The adults can then enjoy the draught beers, ciders and perries all at a whopping 60p a pint discount. Admission is only £1 adult, free to accompanied kids. What more do you need to make a complete family Sunday?.

Friday8th July2.00pm-11.00pm £4
Saturday9th Julynoon-11.00pm £6
Sunday10th Julynoon-5.00pm £1


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

This year we are offering festival entry packs on the door to 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 (refundable), with the rest made up in drink tokens.

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

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).

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 21 (Challenge 21).

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

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.


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. London Midland operate direct trains from Birmingham New Street, Worcester and Malvern, whilst First Great Western 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 (London Midland and First 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: Bus website or ring 08706 082608.

Car parking is available on-site, but can be limited at times. Any parties wishing to come to the festival with mini-buses or coaches are very welcome, please contact us in advance so that we can allocate a suitable parking slot for your vehicle.


Beer on the Wye has its own festival village. Located in a meadow immediately adjacent to the festival site, the camp-site is run by Hereford Rowing Club (HRC). Facilities available include round-the-clock use of modern and dedicated toilet and shower facilities in the clubhouse. There will be a hot breakfast service on-site from 9am on the Saturday and Sunday mornings for those camping. Alternatively, city centre venues (cafes, shops etc) are only a 10-12 minute walk away.

small/medium tent pitch£10.00
large tent or caravan/camper van£15.00

Camper van/caravan-owners should please note that the site is grassed, uneven in places and has no shore supplies. There are rubbish disposal and water facilities at the clubhouse. Parking for associated car(s) is free. Please take directions from the HRC camp site steward on arrival.

If you are a CAMRA member working at the festival then you are entitled to FREE camping (or a caravan pitch) for one night for each day that you are working. If you require CAMRA staff camping please state this on your CAMRA staffing form.

If the lure of canvas doesn’t quite appeal, then there are plenty of convenient guest houses, B & Bs and hotels in and around Hereford – with price ranges to suit most pockets. Information can be obtained via Hereford Tourism on-line or via (01432) 268430


We are delighted to announce that the chosen charity for 2016 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.


Are you a CAMRA member? If so, can you help at the festival? We still need more help on the Friday and Saturday evenings - especially on the bar. Volunteers will all properly fed and watered at all times, and free camping is available. Please download Download the volunteer form or contact Andrew Pearson (details below).


Whether volunteering to work, asking about a sales stand pitch or looking to advertise in the festival programme – just get in touch. Contact Andrew Pearson on 07581 386280 or via e-mail.

Beer on the Wye XII is organised and run by HEREFORDSHIRE CAMRA.