Our Beer Festival

Swindon CAMRA Beer Festival 2018

The provisional dates for the 32nd Swindon Beer Festival are Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October 2018, once again at the STEAM Museum SN2 2EY

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Help needed from CAMRA members

If you are a CAMRA member and would like to work at the festival please complete a Staffing Form and return it to this E-mail address, or the postal address on the form, by Sunday 30th September.

All volunteers need to familiarise themselves with the Health & Safety Handbook for Beer Festival Volunteers and our local Notes for Volunteers.

Swindon CAMRA Beer Festival 2017

Drinkers enjoying a relaxed Friday lunch time session at the 2017 Swindon Beer Festival. The 31st Swindon Beer Festival was held at the STEAM Museum from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October 2017.

We can celebrate another successful CAMRA beer festival with 2,000 visitors for this popular three day event.

Winners at the 2017 beer festival

The Beer of the Festival competition results are:
1st Shed Ales - Minal Tap
2nd Corinium Ales - Imperial Porter
3rd Ramsbury - MM2000

The Cider winners are:
1st = Lilley’s - Bee Sting
1st = Mates Cider Company - Linnet Rhubarb
3rd = Circle Cider - Cats Tongue
3rd = Sandford Orchard's - Fanny's Bramble

Congratulations to all the winners.

Beers of the Festival in recent years

Shed AlesMinal Tap2017
Flying MonkBirdman2016
RebellionOld Seadog2015
RamsburyBelapur IPA2014
St AustellBucket of Blood2013
RamsburySilver Pig Stout2012
Ramsbury25 Silver Pigs2011
Box SteamDerailed2010
Fyne AlesAvalanche2009
OakhamBishop's Farewell2008
South HamsEddystone2007
Three CastlesTanked Up2006
St Peter'sSpiced Lemon & Ginger2003
-No beer festival2002

Beer Festivals in Swindon

There have been CAMRA organised Beer Festivals in Swindon since 1976. Originally held at the Mechanics Institute in Emlyn Square, the last Beer Festival there was in 1983. The Mechanics Institute was offered to the local Council for £1 in 1984, but they declined to buy it because it was in a poor state, so it was closed and could not be used as a venue again.

Partially as a result of this there were no further Swindon Beer Festivals until 1994. The new venue was the New College, Walcot.

After 5 years at New College the Beer Festival moved to the Territorial Army Drill Hall in Church Place in 2000. Although the Drill Hall was slightly smaller its more central location proved very popular and it was our venue for 2000 and 2001. The Drill Hall was not available in 2002, consequently our Beerex could not take place.

In 2003 we moved to the Old Railway Museum in Faringdon Road, where we held successful Beer Festivals three years running.

In 2006 we took the opportunity to move to STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, close to the tracks of the mainline. That year was of course Brunel's bicentenary. We have now had several very successful Swindon Beer Festivals at this location.