Herefordshire CAMRA

BEER ON THE WYE XIII: HEREFORD BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

Friday 7th July to Sunday 9th July, 2017 at Hereford Rowing Club, Greyfriars Avenue, Hereford, HR4 0BE.

Beer & Cider
Sounds
Food Glorious Food
Admission
Getting There
Accommodation
Camping
Help!

WE’RE BACK FOR THE TWELFTH FESTIVAL DOWN BY THE RIVER…

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.

DRINKING THE TIME AWAY

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, where you can try some of the very best wares from our county brewers. And to top it all off quite nicely comes an imaginative selection of beers from across the world. There really is something for everyone – whatever your taste in beer. You may download the beer list here.

To top it all off quite nicely comes an imaginative selection of beers from across the world.

It may be called Beer on the Wye, but the festival’s Cider Bar boasts over 120 different ciders and perries – a hundred of them from Herefordshire producers alone. People come from all over the UK (neigh 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). 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.

BANDS
Friday 6pm Whiskey River Trio Acoustic Cajun Folk, Country Blues
Friday 7.30pm The Haunted Souls Folk, Blues and Country
Friday 9.30pm Hired Guns Hard Rock
Saturday 3pm BBC Acoustic Band Contemporary and Traditional Folk
Saturday 5:30pm Stone Sole River Classic Rock, Progressive Blues
Saturday 7.30pm Stone Mountain SinnersCountry / Roots Americana
Saturday 9.30pm Shamus O'Blivion Celtic Rock
Sunday 2pm tbc tbc

SOUNDS ON THE WYE!

But it’s not just about beer, cider and perry. There are seven live acts on the festival stage across the weekend. Hired Guns headline on the Friday night and Shamus O'Blivion returns on the Saturday night. But for those who want a quieter time the Friday afternoon is always a good time to visit.

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.

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

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.

OPENING TIMES & ADMISSION
Friday7th July2.00pm-11.00pm £4
Saturday8th Julynoon-11.00pm £6
Sunday9th Julynoon-5.00pm £1

FESTIVAL BASICS – WHEN & HOW MUCH!

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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 25 (Challenge 25).

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.

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. 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.

STAYING WITH US?

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.

CAMPING CHARGES per night
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

FESTIVAL CHARITY

We are delighted to announce that the chosen charity for 2017 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.

HELP!

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 Ian Johnson (details below).

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 Ian Johnson on 07581 386280 or via e-mail.

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