The Way We Were ...........


Retro LogoWelcome to the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival Photo Gallery

On this page you will find images from previous Beer Festivals held in the beautiful grounds of Nottingham Castle. We hope you will enjoy the tour of the Nostalgia years .............

The Robin Hood Festival moved to the Castle Grounds in 2008 and has proved an exceptionally popular venue over the years since its relocation. The images on this page have been provided by CAMRA members and enthusiasts and convey the atmosphere of staff, helper-volunteers, visitors and samplers alike.


As I've dubbed this 'The Year of the Selfies' here are a few for you to enjoy :

Visitors from the Phillipines

Lu Blackband provides this image of happy visitors from the Phillipines with the resident 'outlaw'

Nightbirds at the FestivalMixed Men at the Festival

Thank you Karen Hewitt for these happy images of 'Nightbirds' and 'Mix-Mex Pirates'

In the ZoneSecurity Team

Lincoln Green TeamLincoln Green Trio

From Lincoln Green Brewing Company and excellent foursome-of-selfies with one common denominator!

And there were others just enjoying themselves in the wonderful grounds of Nottingham Castle and in the Festival Beer Tents :

Morris Men

Cone headed people

Mike Godwin provides these excellent images of the Morris Men who deserve a beer or two after entertaining the crowds and the mysterious 'Cone People' whose raison d'être is a bit obscure!

And who can resist a good 'crowd bustle'?

Crowds Bustling

More clamouring corwds

Never a dull moment it seems - thank you to Karen Hewitt and Mike Godwin for the images

2016 Android App2016 Apple App

The all important app for android (left) and ios (right) devices

Commemorative Glass Design for 2016

2016 Design for the Commemorative Glasses


40th Anniversary Cake

Celebrating 40 years of the Festival with a specially commissioned cake - not a crumb survived!

2015 Commemorative Glass

The main essentials at every Beer Festival - your personalised glass and the app for your phone!

Green Beer

The talking point of 2015 - Hale's 'We're Firkin 40' Brewed specifically to celebrate 40 years of the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival

Green Beer Andrew Green Beer Steve

L to r - Andrew Ludlow (Secretary) and Steve Westby (Chair) of Nottingham CAMRA trying out the special green beer at the 2015 Festival

Main Logo

The Logo commemorating 40 years!

NBF 2015 Food Village

2015 Food Village Image courtesy of K Marysia Wariwoda former runner up in the Spyke Golding Literary Award

Cellar Staff

L to r - Andrew Ludlow (Secretary) and Steve Westby (Chair) of Nottingham CAMRA pulling their weight (or pints) at the 2015 Festival

2015 Cider Stand

Entertainment Bandstand

Dancing Duck Brewery



BF 2014 Glass FrontBF 2014 Glass Back

The 2014 commemorative glasses available to purchase or as part of the ticket package on visiting the Festival

Beer Logo 2014FFF Logo 2014 Cider Logo 2014

Variations on the logo, green for Beer, grey-purple for FFF and red variant for Cider to distinguish the information pages.

Castle Rock Red Riding Hood

Castle Rock - sponsors of the final Spyke Golding Award put on a fine red-blooded Ale

The moment all present were asked to raise their glasses in memory of Spyke Golding

Apple App2-14 Beer ProgrammeAlt App

The Beer Festival Programme (new for 2014) and second year of Apple and Android Apps

Travel Guide for 2014 Link to Travel Guide

Also for a second year running a comprehensive Travel Guide produced by Nottingham City Council

T-Shirt Design T-Shirt 2014

The T-shirt design and actual T-Shirt available at the 2014 Festival

Doctor Who

Some fun poked at new Dr. Who (Peter Capaldi) in a timely episode lampooning Robin (Robot) Hood


2013 Landscape Logo

The 2013 Logo had a few people perplexed until they realised that the image on the left represented a glass of beer with a very full head!

2013 Poster Variation Poster alternative no glass

Variations on the poster

FFF Leaflet Travel Guide produced by NCC

Leaflets Produced for the Festival Fringe Fortnight and a Travel Guide

NBF 2014 Racked Beer BarrelsNBF 2014 Cider Stand

Plenty of Beer and Cider to be found at the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival (every year!)

Festival App

Introducing the app

New For 2013 the Festival App!


Beer Festival Glass from 2012

Beer Festival Glass


The 2012 design paid tribute to the Olympic year and had a commensurate number of beers to celebrate.

Glass Design


Poster Black Poster White

Beer Festival Opening Ceremony 2012

The 2012 Robin Hood Beer Festival is pronounced "Open for Business" by Nottingham CAMRA Chairman, Steve Westby and the main man himself, Robin Hood with Maid Marian


Long Logo

2011 Festival PosterFestival Glass Poster with Spyke


Setting UpYou TubeSetting Up


Panorama in the Evening

In 2011 Cider was added to the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival and became the Nottingham Robin Hood and Cider Festival or occasionally the Nottingham Robin Hood Cider and Beer Festival - depending on whose articles / blogs you were reading.

Festival Glasses 2010 and 2011

Example glasses in use from 2010 and 2011 - thank you to NottsBrew for the image!


2010 Logo Castle Grounds

Cider Stand Castle Gardens

Blue Monkey StandJoin CAMRA Beer Samplers

Day Rotunda Night Rotunda

In 2010 Cider was already making a big presence at the Festival and the numbers, choices and varieties continue to expand annually - the 2011 and 2012 web-sites now carry dedicated Cider and Perry (mustn't forget the Perry) pages.


In 2010 the late Spyke Golding treated us to a bawdy rendition of 'Nottingham Ale' and it finds its rightful place here in honour and remembrance of that great and larger than life friend of the Campaign for Real Ale.

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Page updated : 17th October 2016