Our Beer Festival

Swindon CAMRA Beer Festival 2017

The 31st Swindon Beer Festival will be held at the STEAM Museum, Fire Fly Avenue, Swindon, SN2 2EY from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October 2017.

It will feature over 100 beers, plus a selection of Ciders and Perries (Beer list).

Sessions

DayDateTimeAdmission Price
Thursday26 Oct18:00 to 23:00 £5 Pay on the door
Friday27 Oct11:00 to 15:30 £5 Pay on the door
Friday27 Oct18:00 to 23:00 £10 (inc. £4 worth of beer)Ticket only
Saturday28 Oct11:00 to 19:00 £4 Pay on the door

Admission price includes a souvenir tankard and programme. In addition CAMRA members will receive £2 worth of beer tokens on production of a current membership card.

Friday Night Tickets

Tickets for the Friday night session will be available from Friday 22 September. Outlets will be the Glue Pot, the Beehive and the Hop Inn. Please note, these pubs sell the tickets without getting a commission. They do it to support the CAMRA beer festival. So please don't just go there to buy tickets, do have a drink as well!

Help needed from CAMRA members

By now all volunteers will have returned their forms detailing the slots they will be working at the beer festival.
It is too late now to think about working at the Swindon Beer Festival.

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

The Location map below shows where the Swindon Beer Festival takes place.

Swindon CAMRA Beer Festival 2016

The 30th Swindon Beer Festival took place at the STEAM Museum SN2 2EY from Thursday 27 to Saturday 29 October.

We can celebrate another successful CAMRA beer festival with over 2,200 visitors for this popular three day event. STEAM has been our venue since 2006 with 2016 marking the 11th beer festival there and also the 30th Swindon beer festival since 1976.


Winners at the 2016 beer festival

The Beer of the Festival competition results are:
1st Flying Monk - Birdman
2nd Wild Weather - Storm in a Teacup
3rd St. Austell - Italian Job

The Cider winners are:
1st = Circle Cider - Butcher's Boy
1st = Circle Cider - Roundabout
1st = Cockeyed Cider Co. - Mad Jack

Congratulations to all the winners.

Beers of the Festival in recent years

BreweryBeerYear
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
LoddonRussett2005
Skinner'sPennycomequick2004
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.