Beer Festivals 2018 by Alex Burroughes

Festival season is upon us. Unlike, say, music festivals, beer festivals are hardly mainstream. When you think of beer festivals, you may picture balding men with beer-bellies wearing shorts and socks with sandals swilling beer in some local community hall.

However, today beer festivals and real ale are popular with people of all ages and walks of life. If you look at the sheer number of beer festivals taking place over the year, you will see that their popularity is enormous, with an ever-expanding variety of ales, ciders, and beer types including the recent very popular craft beers.

It’s fair to say that we Brits love our beer, and beer festivals are an important part of British culture.


Beer festivals are not just about beer & Cider, they are a great social event incorporating a fantastic array of quality food, live music, and much more.

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We have compiled a list of Beer Festivals happening across the UK throughout 2018.

May

45th Cambridge Beer Festival

Mon 21st May – Sat 26th May

 

Jesus Green
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB4 3BD

 

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Kidderminster Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 17th May – Sat 19th May

 

Vicar St
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY10 1DB

 

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19th Kingston Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 17th May – Sat 19th May

 

Old London Rd
Kingston
Greater London
KT2 6ND

 

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Rail Ale Festival

Thu 17th May – Sat 19th May

 

Campbell Drive Barrow Hill
Chesterfield
Derbyshire
S43 2PR

 

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Macclesfield Beer Festival

Fri 11th May – Sun 13th May

 

Priory Lane
Macclesfield
Cheshire East
SK10 4AE

 

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Gwent CAMRA Beer Festival

Friday 11th May – Sunday 13th May

 

Tredegar House & Country Park
Newport
Newport
NP10 8YW

 

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18th Banbury Beer and Cider Festival

Thursday 10th May – Saturday 12th May

 

Oxford Road
Banbury
Oxfordshire
OX16 9AN

 

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Reading Beer & Cider Fest 2018

Thursday 3rd May – Sunday 6th May

 

George Street
Reading
Reading
RG4 8BY

 

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20th Kingdom of Fife Real Ale and Cider Festival

Thursday 3rd May – Saturday 5th May

 

Kingdom Shopping Centre
Glenrothes
Fife
KY7 5NX

 

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13th Bexley Beer Festival

Thursday 3rd May – Friday 4th May

 

Bourne Rd
Bexley
Greater London
DA5 1LW

 

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Yapton Beerex

Fri 18th May – Sun 20th May

 

19 Canal Road
Bognor Regis
West Sussex
BN18 0HD

 

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Bandstand Beer Festival

Thu 3rd May – Tue 8th May

 

Crescent Rd
Nairn
Highland
IV12 4NB

 

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Eastbourne Beer & Cider By The Sea

Fri 25th May – Sun 27th May

 

King Edwards Parade
Eastbourne
East Sussex
BN21 4UH

 

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23rd Newark Beer & Cider Festival

Fri 25th May – Sun 27th May

 

Tolney Lane
Newark
Nottinghamshire
NG24 1DA

 

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Lincoln Beer Festival

Thu 24th May – Sat 26th May

 

Free School Ln
Lincoln
Lincolnshire
LN2 1EY

 

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Sheffield Students’ Union Beer and Cider Festival

Fri 4th May – Sun 6th May

 

Western Bank
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S10 2TG

 

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11th Independent Baldock Beer festival weekend

Fri 4th May – Sun 6th May

 

Weston Way
Baldock
Hertfordshire
SG7 6EY

 

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Angel Annual Beer Festival

Fri 4th May – Mon 7th May

 

24 Church Street
Atherstone
Warwickshire
CV9 1HA

 

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Mayfest

Fri 4th May – Mon 7th May

 

1 Market Street
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB24 4QG

 

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Ale & Cider Festival

Fri 4th May – Mon 7th May

 

High Street
Eaton Socon
Cambridgeshire
PE19 6HA

 

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The Pheasant Inn Beer Festival

Thu 3rd May – Mon 7th May

 

Cumwhitton
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA8 9EX

 

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The Royal Oak’s Beer Festival

Fri 4th May – Mon 7th May

 

55 Green Lane
Derby
Derbyshire
DE72 3SE

 

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Real Ale Train

Sat 12th May

 

Great Central Road
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 1RW

 

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On The Farm Beer Festival

Wed 2nd May – Mon 7th May

 

121 Bridge Street
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 1QF

 

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13th Annual Isle of Wight Real Ale Festival

Sat 5th May – Mon 7th May

 

Havenstreet Main Rd
Ryde
Isle of Wight
PO33 4DS

 

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Portsmouth Beer Festival 2018

Fri 11th May – Sat 12th May

 

Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
Portsmouth
PO1 2AB

 

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Shirley Beer and Cider Festival 2018

Fri 11th May – Sat 12th May

 

Haslucks Green Rd
Solihull
West Midlands
B90 2EF

 

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Burton Bridge Inn’s Beer Festival

Thu 10th May – Sat 12th May

 

24 Bridge St
Burton upon Trent
Staffordshire
DE14 1SY

 

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Red Fox Beer Festival

Thu 10th May – Sun 13th May

 

Liverpool Road
Heswall
Merseyside
CH64 3RA

 

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The Curfew Micropub’s 4th beer festival!

Fri 4th May – Sun 6th May

 

46A Bridge Street
Berwick-Upon-Tweed
Northumberland
TD15 1AQ

 

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June

Salisbury Beerex XXXVIII

Fri 15th Jun – Sat 16th Jun

 

Bedwin St
Sailsbury
Wiltshire
SP1 3UT

 

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Kent and East Sussex Railway Beer Festival

Fri 15th Jun – Sat 16th Jun

 

Station Road
Kent
Surrey
TN30 6HE

 

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Fri 8th Jun – Sat 9th Jun
Britannia Road
Southampton
Southampton
SO14 5FP

Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 7th Jun – Sat 9th Jun

 

Old Hale Way
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG5 1XL

 

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43rd Wolverhampton Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 7th Jun – Sat 9th Jun

 

Dunkley Street
Wolverhampton
West Midlands
WV1 4AN

 

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Doncaster CAMRA’s 27th Beer Festival

Thu 7th Jun – Sat 9th Jun

 

Bawtry Road
Doncaster
South Yorkshire
DN4 7PD

 

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Leeds Beer Festival

Thu 7th Jun – Sat 9th Jun

 

Portland Way
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 3HE

 

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Thurrock Beer & Cider Festival

Tue 5th Jun – Sat 9th Jun

 

Blackshots Lane
Grays
Essex
RM16 2JU

 

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6th Belper Goes Green CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

Fri 1st Jun – Sun 3rd Jun

 

Derby Rd
Derby
Derbyshire
DE56 1UU

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32nd Stockport Beer and Cider Festival

Thu 31st May – Sat 2nd Jun

 

Hardcastle Rd
Stockport
Greater Manchester
SK3 9DD

 

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Beer & Banger Festival

Fri 15th Jun – Sun 17th Jun

 

109 Worden Lane
Leyland
Lancashire
PR25 3BD

 

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FyneFest 2018

Fri 1st Jun – Mon 4th Jun

 

Achadunan Cairndow
Cairndow
Argyll and Bute
PA26 8BJ

 

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Bromsgrove Beer & Cider Festival 2018

Fri 29th Jun – Sun 1st Jul

 

Finstall Park Finstall
Bromsgrove
Worcestershire
B60 3DH

 

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Glasgow Real Ale Festival 2018

Thu 21st Jun – Sat 23rd Jun

 

141 Bridgegate
Glasgow
Glasgow City
G1 5HZ

 

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Tunbridge Wells Cricket Festival

Wed 20th Jun – Sat 23rd Jun

 

Nevill Ground
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN2 5ES

 

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11th Gibberd Garden Beer Festival

Sat 16th Jun – Sun 17th Jun

 

Marsh Lane
Harlow
Essex
CM17 0NA

 

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Church Farm Brewery’s Beer & Ale Festival

Sat 23rd Jun – Sun 24th Jun

 

Queensway,
Royal Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV31 3JZ

 

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THE OAST’S 40TH ANNIVERSARY KENT BEER & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2018

Fri 22nd Jun – Sat 23rd Jun
Granary Close
Rainham
Medway
ME8 7SG

Beers & Ciders, Bikes & Cars

Sat 16th Jun – Sun 17th Jun

 

Chain Caul Rd
Preston
Lancashire
PR2 2XL

 

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July

The Colchester and East Essex Cricket Club Beer and Cider Festival

Thu 26th Jul – Sun 29th Jul

 

The Pavilion
Colchester
Essex
CO1 1UD

 

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Beer and Bluegrass Festival 2018

Fri 27th Jul – Sat 28th Jul

 

12 Lindsay Road
Poole
Poole
BH13 6AR

 

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11th Stafford Beer and Cider Festival

Thu 26th Jul – Sat 28th Jul

 

Rowley Ave
Stafford
Staffordshire
ST17 9AB

 

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South Devon Newton Abbot Sunshine Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 26th Jul – Sat 28th Jul

 

Newton Road
Kingsteignton
Devon
TQI2 3AD

 

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Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 26th Jul – Sat 28th Jul

 

Shoppenhangers Rd
Maidenhead
Windsor and Maidenhead
SL6 2QB

 

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44th Kent Beer Festival

Sat 21st Jul

 

Merton Lane North
Canterbury
Kent
CT4 7AZ

 

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42nd Cotswold Beer Festival

Fri 20th Jul – Sun 22nd Jul

 

Postlip Hall
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL54 5AQ

 

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6th Epping Ongar Railway Beer Festival

Fri 20th Jul – Sun 22nd Jul

 

Station Rd North Weald Bassett
Epping
Essex
CM16 6BW

 

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Beer on the Wye XIV

Fri 6th Jul – Sun 8th Jul

 

Greyfriars Ave
Hereford
Herefordshire
HR4 0BE

 

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12th Stratford-upon-Avon Beer & Cider Festival

Fri 6th Jul – Sat 7th Jul

 

Luddington Road
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 9SE

 

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Craft Drink Festival 2018

Sat 28th Jul – Sun 29th Jul

 

Perimeter Road
Birmingham
West Midlands
B40 1NT

 

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August

London Craft Beer Festival 2018

Fri 3rd Aug – Sun 5th Aug

 

Wapping Lane
London
Greater London
E1W 2SF

 

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Rescue Rooms Beer Festival

Sun 26th Aug

 

25 Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 5LB

 

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Blackdown Hills Beer & Music Festival 2018

Fri 10th Aug – Sun 12th Aug

 

Slough Lane
Honiton
Devon
EX14 9RD

 

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Great British Beer Festival

Tue 7th Aug – Sat 11th Aug

 

Hammersmith Road
Kensington
Essex
W14 8UX

 

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Fleet Lions Beer Festival 2018

Sat 4th Aug

 

236 Fleet Rd
Fleet
Hampshire
GU51 4BY

 

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Hope Valley Beer Festivals 2018

Fri 24th Aug – Mon 27th Aug

 

Market Pl
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S33 6RH

 

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Peterborough Beer Festival

Tue 21st Aug – Sat 25th Aug

 

Embankment Road
Peterborough
PE1 1EQ

 

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Ales By Rails – Dereham Beer Festival & Steam Weekend

Fri 24th Aug – Mon 27th Aug

 

Station Road
East Dereham
Norfolk
NR19 1DF

 

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September

Lions Beer Festival

Fri 7th Sep – Sat 8th Sep

 

Croft Rd
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE9 1SG

 

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Leeds International Beer Festival

Thu 6th Sep – Sun 9th Sep

 

The Headrow
Leeds
West Yorkshire
LS1 3AD

 

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Moreton in Marsh Beer Festival

Fri 7th Sep – Sat 8th Sep

 

Batsford Road
Moreton
Merseyside
GL56 9QA

 

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Newquay Beer Festival

Fri 21st Sep – Sun 23rd Sep

 

44 Trerice Dr
Newquay
Cornwall
TR7 2TE

 

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The 18th Wedmore Real Ale Festival

Fri 14th Sep – Sun 16th Sep

 

Cheddar Rd
Wedmore
Somerset
BS28 4EQ

 

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Willingham Beer Festival 2018

Fri 28th Sep – Sat 29th Sep

 

Fen End
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB24 5LH

 

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Abbfest Food, Beer & Music Festival

Fri 21st Sep – Sun 23rd Sep

 

Totnes Rd
Newton Abbot
Devon
TQ12 5TN

 

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October

Nottingham Beer and Cider Festival

Wed 17th Oct – Sat 20th Oct

 

Bolero Square
Nottingham
Nottinghamshire
NG1 1LA

 

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Falmouth Beer Festival 2018

Thu 4th Oct – Sat 6th Oct

 

Events Square
Falmouth
Cornwall
TR11 3XA

 

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November

Nether Abbey Hotel Beer Festival 2018

Fri 2nd Nov – Sun 4th Nov

 

20 Dirleton Avenue
North Berwick
East Lothian
EH39 4BQ

 

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