The Festival

CAMRA invites festival lovers to enjoy ‘ales of every season’ at Norwich’s final Great British Beer Festival Winter from 19 February 2019!  Not to be confused with a festival for winter beers alone, this has beers of every style and shade, served in cask, KeyKeg and bottle – from dark to ruby brown and golden ales, plus world beers and real ciders.


2019 will be the last chance to catch the festival in Norwich. After, the national event moves to a different CAMRA location as the festival moves location every three years. The festival runs from 19 – 23 February 2019 at St Andrew’s and Blackfriars’ stunning medieval friary halls, opening with a preview evening for CAMRA members only.  Martin Ward, Organiser, commented “2019 is the final chance to catch the February festival in the historic City of Norwich.’  The event in Norwich has been likened to CAMRA’s national summer festival in London Olympia as ‘like it, but cosier!’. There is also hot food and snacks served all day and live music most evenings.


Local pubs, in easy walking distance, will also be getting involved in The Fringe which runs for the whole of February, with organised crawls, treasure trail competition, special events and featured brewers, all in the heart of Norwich.


As always at the event, the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition will be judged. Local and national brewers will compete in each category and the winners and overall winner will be announced at the opening evening. Competition ales, including winners, can be purchased by visitors in Blackfriars Hall – see the blackboards for the results.


The chosen Charity is the Benjamin Foundation and visitors are invited to donate cash and unspent tokens using the glasses stand box and collection pots.


Entrance is cash-only on the door, is FREE to CAMRA members and is open from midday all day Wednesday to Saturday.   Pre-event ticket packages, including beer tokens and souvenir glasses, can be purchased now.

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