The 2019 Festival is closed - The 2020 Festival opens 7th-10th October 2020 - details to be announced

A huge 'Thank You' to all our Patrons

Many thanks to all our Customers and Volunteers for making the 2019 Festival such an outstanding success. The dates for next year are 7th to 10th October 2020 - we hope to see you there!

Beer & Cider Lists 2019

These are now available on the Beer & Cider pages respectively. Please note these are the latest 'previews' and may be subject to slight alterations throughout the run up period to the start of the Festival.

Calling all Panthers fans!

Nottingham Panthers

We are happy to announce that The Nottingham Panthers season ticket holders who are attending Nottingham CAMRA's Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival will now receive an extra 6 beer tokens - one free pint!

Simply present your season ticket at the glass and token collection point to get your extra tokens. This offer also applies to CAMRA members - but sorry only one extra pint per person.

Join us next week for around 1,000 cask ales plus hundreds of real ciders & perries.

And in case you were wondering .... 'The Beer is Coming / The Beer is here!'

The Beer arriving on siteBeer stashed at the Arena

With many thanks to Andy Sales for providing the images and organising the safe arrival of the precious pallets (and their content!)

* New for 2019*

Learning & Discovery Space

Visitors to the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival will get the opportunity to experience CAMRA's new learning and discovery space, aimed at helping more beer and cider lovers become more knowledgeable about their favourite drink.

Local brewers, cider makers and other industry experts will be at the festival to guide visitors through comparative tastings where they can explore different forms of dispense . The brewers and cider makers will give talks on the production process and introduce the unique ingredients that go into making a real ale, cider or perry.

CAMRA's Learning & Discovery manager, Alex Metcalfe. comments "Our aim in bringing the learning and discovery space to Nottingham is to give festival goers the chance to take part in fun and informal activities that can help improve their knowledge of real ale and cider. We hope attendees will enjoy the activities and the chance to interact with brewers first hand"


Tutored Tastings

Come and Educate your taste buds with a CAMRA tutored tasting

This year we are trialling tutored tastings at the festival and have had many enquiries about them.

The tastings will be led by CAMRA trained tutors, who are also fully accredited beer sommeliers. We will be offering 4 sessions which cover the following:

Beer Tastings £6 per person Thursday Eve
Cider Tastings £6 per person Friday Eve
Beer & Cheese pairing £12 per person Thursday Afternoon
Beer & Chocolate £12 per person Friday Afternoon

Places are limited to a maximum of 20 people per course and you will taste up to 6 selected drinks to learn about what makes them so special, details can be found here or visit our new dedicated page.

These prices are in addition to the normal entrance packages and details are available from the following contact:

Nottingham CAMRA secretary Andrew Ludlow says: "The Tutored Tasting course offers the opportunity to learn much more about why Beer and Cider are so highly regarded."

Why not treat yourself, your friends or colleagues to a day at the Festival and offer them an incentive by booking them on a tasting course as a special reward?

Buy Tickets Online Now!

The 2019 Capri stemmed Glass

What do you think of our new 'Capri' stemmed glass for 2019? Tankards are also available

Nottingham's Indoor/Outdoor Beer Festival remains at the Motorpoint Arena!

Yes, you read that right, our beer festival will once again be mostly outside. It is at the Motorpoint Arena, but this is the Arena as you will have never seen it before. It is true that some of the bars will be on the ice (covered and insulated!), but there will also be two large outdoor areas, the Backstage Beer Garden, with brewery bars, food stalls and live music, and the Bolero Square Village which also offers bars, stalls and more live music! Both have areas where you are free to smoke or vape if you so wish.

There will be plenty of seating, both inside and outdoor, with tables. Plus the stadium seats themselves will also be available for use should you wish to people watch from above.

"How many beers will you have?" is a common question every year. Well we don't know for sure yet, but it will certainly be over a thousand different real ales. This is of course more draught real ales than any other beer festival in the world!

Once again we will also have what some might term a "craft beer" bar, unusual and rare beers served from a tap that is connected to a keykeg, like many of the beers found at the recent Nottingham Craft beer Festival. A keykeg is a plastic container with a flexible bag inside containing real ale. The beer is served by forcing compressed air between the inside of the container and the bag, which squeezes the bag and forces the beer to the bar. We promise a range of rare keykeg beers lined up, some of which have never been seen in the city before.

Ciders and perries will not be forgotten and our usual massive range will again be available.

Live music will again be an important addition to the festival, featuring in both the Backstage Beer Garden and the Bolero Square Village. This should mean non-stop music all day every day at one or other of the two locations, timed so that the two don't clash. See Entertainment page for more information.

Interior of the Arena

In case you wondered what it all looks like - image courtesy & © of Nottingham City Council to see 210 more images visit whitefootphotography

Wednesday, 9th to Saturday, 12th October 2019 at the Motorpoint Arena

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

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When is the Festival? TWednesday 9th to Saturday 12th October 2019
Where is the Festival? The venue is once again the Motorpoint Arena, Nottingham. The event takes place both inside the arena and in two outdoor areas, where the live music is featured.
What are the opening hours? 11am-11pm Thursday - Saturday / 5pm-11pm Wednesday | Trade session 1pm to 4pm Wednesday, by invitation only, except for CAMRA members.
Is Corporate Hospitality available this year? Details of hospitality packages have now been finalised and will cater for both small and large groups and can be tailored to meet individual requirements. For more information please email Festival Hospitality or visit our dedicated page for updates
How do I get to the Festival? The Motorpoint Arena is a fifteen-minute walk from the train station and the Old Market Square. Map
Is there a site plan of the Festival? An site/groundplan is available here and a preview (from 2018) video here
What security precautions are in place? The Arena operates strict bag and search policies in the light of the Manchester Arena tragedy. Please do not bring bags to the festival if possible, although a limited left luggage facility will be available in the foyer. If you do have to bring a bag make sure it is not left unattended at any time. All customers will be subject to a search outside the venue via wand before entering. (Rev. 26.07.2018)
Is parking at the venue available? The Arena has no parking of its own, however there are several public car parks in the vicinity.
Let's get down to business - what is there to drink? There will be over one thousand different draught real ales and over 250 real ciders and perries, covering every imaginable style, including vegan options. Check out the 2018 beer lists here. Check out the 2019 cider list here. Please be aware there will be continuous adjustments to the lists up to the start of the Festival. You can also download the 2019 programme here.
Will all the beers listed be available all the time? Around 700 beers will be on sale from the start, as these run out they are replaced by beers marked as RES (reserve) in the programme. By late Saturday evening we usually still have a few hundred beers on sale, more than most festivals start with. By the way we never run out, rumours that this has happened in the past are merely urban myths.
Do you have any gluten free beer? We aim to have the widest possible choice of gluten free real ales as we can possibly obtain. The number available nationally has increased significantly in recent months. A list will appear on this web site about ten days before the festival. All of our ciders and perries are gluten free. 2019 updates are available here
What is 'unfined beer'? Given enough time beer will clear naturally, but there is often not time to allow it to settle in the cellar for a couple of weeks or more, while nature does it's thing. So it has long been the practice to add a suspension of tropical fish swim bladders mixed with sodium metabisulphite (a disinfectant and preservative). This is called isinglass and many beers at our festival will be cleared by this method. The process is known as fining the beer. So look out for beers marked as “Unfined” at our festival and give them a try, we think you will agree it is worth it. And of course these beers are suitable for vegans to enjoy.
Do you have vegan friendly beers? We aim to offer a good range of beers that are suitable for vegans. The number of such beers has increased considerably in recent months and it is probable that around 15% of the total number of beers on sale will be vegan friendly, hopefully more. All our ciders and perrys are vegan friendly.
Do you sell lager? We sell some cask conditioned lagers i.e. real ales
Can I bring my own beer? Not really, that would be like taking coals to Newcastle!
How much is a pint? Most beers will be priced at two tokens for a third and three for a half. 2019 Tokens are 55p each so the majority of beers were the equivalent of £3.30 a pint.
Advance tickets & Pay on the day Advance tickets are on sale on-line, although it is possible to pay on the day. However, places are limited, particularly at peak times on Friday and Saturday and so it is always advisable to buy a ticket in advance whenever possible as this does guarantee entry.
Why do I have to pay to get in? The festival costs a massive amount to stage, with large costs for venue hire, security etc. not to mention the beer and entertainment provided.
Can I pay on the day? None of the sessions are 'ticket only' and there will be a number of 'pay on the day' admissions available daily. Pay on the Day tickets will have to be bought at the Arena Box Office and must be used to enter immediately. These are priced the same as tickets purchased in advance, so to save time and avoid possible box office queues buying in advance is a sensible option.
Will I have to queue to get in? We do all we can to keep queueing to a minimum, particularly for ticket holders.
What is Tutored Tasting? This is a new initiative (limited numbers) for 2019, visit our dedicated page for details. Please note this initiative is likely to be very popular so please book early!
Do I have to buy a glass? You can bring your own glass, as long as it carries a government stamp. If you wish to drink thirds or halves your glass must have the necessary lines. Glasses are included in ticket prices and are refundable for £2.50 each on exit if you wish. If you have your own glass we will give you four beer tokens in lieu of a glass. Check out the all-new stemmed design introduced for 2018 as an alternative option to the popular tankards and these will be available again in 2019!
Do you sell drinks in a third of a pint? Yes we do, our glasses are half pint tankards but also have a third line on them.
Are there Beer Tokens or is it a Cash Bar? It is strictly a token-only festival. A number of refundable tokens are included in admission prices.
Can I buy more beer tokens once inside the festival? Yes, there are token booths where you can purchase as many tokens as you need. They are refundable but only in small numbers, so don't buy too many at a time.
Can I use a Credit or Debit Card to buy extra tokens at the Festival. Yes, we accept Credit and Debit Card payments on site.
Can I get a pass-out and come back in? Unfortunately due to severe abuse of the system in previous years pass-outs are not available at any time during the festival. Once you have entered the festival, you will not be permitted to return once you have left the site. In the case of emergencies customers should contact the stewards at the exit points.
Do you offer discounts to CAMRA members? On top of the nine beer tokens included in the admission package, CAMRA members will be given a further six tokens (i.e. a free pint) on presentation of an up-to-date membership at the glass collection point.
Do you offer a Student discount? Card carrying members of the Nottingham Trent University and University of Nottingham Real Ale Societies were given additional beer tokens on entry, in line with those given to CAMRA members. No other discounts are available.
What if I have a disability? We aim to make the Festival accessible to anyone with long-term or permanent disabilities, mobility, sight and/or hearing impairments. Venue facilities information is available by following the link here
What is the policy about bringing dogs? Only assistance dogs will be permitted to enter the venue.
Do you provide Braille or Large-Print literature? Large-print or Braille versions of the programme can be made available if requested in advance – please contact festival organisers at least 3 weeks prior to the start of the event.
Is the 2019 Festival Artwork available to download? You will be able to download the A3 poster or if you prefer an A5 flyer here.
Will there be live entertainment? There will be a full programme of live entertainment at all times. For those who prefer their festival to be music-free there is no music in the main arena.
Do you still need bar staff? We rely on a large group of volunteers to staff the festival. Volunteer lists are open now - please use the on-line form to send particulars - closing date 30th September 2019.
 How can I contact you?  See Contact page (by e-mail only at present).
Will there be a programme available? Yes programmes are available free of charge. Pick one up on your way in.
Are you on Twitter and Facebook? We have dedicated feeds/accounts on both Twitter and Facebook
Can I bring children? Under 18's are not allowed in the festival. We have to implement Challenge 21 as a licence requirement.
Will I be able to buy food at the Festival? There will numerous catering stalls offering a wide selection of world cuisine. However you may bring your own food, soft drinks and bottled water on site if you wish.
What if I have an allergy or food intolerance? We attempt to show all allergen information on our beer signs, but if in doubt please ask our bar staff.
Is there a designated smoking area? Smoking and vaping are permitted in designated outside areas.
Can you recommend accommodation? Nottingham has a very wide choice of hotels, varying in price from budget upwards. We would recommend using the established hotel search engines such as booking.com
What if I find conflicting information on this website or my query is not satisfactorily covered. If you have a genuine concern that information on this website is misleading or confusing, please email us.  If a page is not marked as information for 2019 then read through the checklists on this page and in the Q&A section to see if new information is likely to be forthcoming at a later date.
Are you GDPR Compliant? Yes - for more information please visit the National CAMRA website


Challenge 21

Challenge 21 came into effect for the 2018 Festival and will continue for the forseeable future - for more information click on the image to access .pdf file or visit the Challenge 21 website here

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