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BEER ON THE WYE X: HEREFORD BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL

Friday 11th July to Sunday 13th July, 2014 at Hereford Rowing Club, Greyfriars Avenue, Hereford, HR4 0BE.

‘X’ MARKS THE SPOT: WE’RE BACK FOR A TENTH ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL DOWN BY THE RIVER…...

If the weather is half as good as it was last year, then we’re in for a bumper tenth anniversary Beer on the Wye over the three-day weekend. 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 100+ cask beers – with a real gamut of beer styles and strengths featuring on the single 120 foot-long main bar. Again we will be offering the largest collection of draught Herefordshire ciders and perries ever assembled under one roof and, for the first time this year, we will be additionally showcasing 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 seven live bands keep the marquee rocking well into the evenings. Various trade stalls, exhibitions and offers complete the picture nicely.

DRINKING THE TIME AWAY

Beer on the Wye will showcase over 120 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. Download beer list. The Foreign Beers Bar will again offer over 40 eclectic and interesting beers from overseas, for those with more international tastes. Download foreign beer list.

It may be called Beer on the Wye, but an undoubted highlight will again be the Cider Bar. This will again feature over 120 different ciders and perries – with over 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. Download cider list.

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 6pmWhiskey River Boys Acoustic Americana, Folk, Country
Friday 7.30pmAlbino FrogsFunk, Blues, Jazz, Soul
Friday 9.30pmSoul PreachersSoulful Reggae, Dance, Funk
Saturday 3pmMatt WooseyAcoustic Folk, Blues
Saturday 5:30pmThe Idle Hands Blues Rock
Saturday 7.30pmThe RootersClassic Rock
Saturday 9.30pmAKA SkafaceSka, Reggae, Dub
Sunday 2pmThe Naomi Payne Hotsy Totsy Band Swing Jazz

MUSIC & ENTERTAINMENT - THE BEST GIG IN HEREFORD!

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 GLORIOUS FOOD!

. 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, Polynesian dishes 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 IS FAMILY FUN DAY

We realise it isn’t easy sometimes to get along to the festival when you have demanding family commitments, so we enjoy making the festival Sunday our Family Fun Day. It’s a very relaxed session, and each year is becoming increasingly popular. With appropriate live entertainment and a number of activities for children of all ages hopefully it allows both the parents and the smaller people a chance to enjoy the riverside atmosphere of Beer on the Wye. There is hot and cold food, plus a number of soft drinks, sweets, crisps etc available to buy.

OPENING TIMES & ADMISSION
Friday11th July2.00pm-5.00pm £3
5.00pm-11.00pm £5
Saturday12th Julynoon-5.00pm £4
5.00-11.00pm£5
Sunday13th 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 for afternoon sessions or £15 for evening sessions 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).

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 3 or 4 adults can travel for the price of two (applies on Birmingham and Stourbridge line services only) 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

Pre-booking of pitches is ESSENTIAL, but it is OK to pay on arrival on the day. Booking for all camping accommodation is via the HRC and is PREFERRED by e-mail or alternatively via 07813 331456. 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 2014 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.

WORKING AT THE FESTIVAL

Every CAMRA member who works at Beer on the Wye is doing so unpaid and entirely in their own time. That’s how much we love real beer, cider and perry. If you are a CAMRA member and fancy helping us out, then now is your chance! You’ll find working (whether behind one of the bars or behind the scenes) a rewarding and enjoyable experience. So, why not give it a try?

We look after you properly whilst you are with us. You’ll be fed and watered, and you get proper breaks. And if you are from further afield then you are entitled to camp for free – just say so on the booking form and we’ll do the rest.

We’ve made it easy for you by putting an on-line staff volunteer form here.

If you are still unsure, or just want more details of how you might be able to help, then please contact us (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 Andrew Pearson on 07581 386280 or via e-mail.

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