Olympia London does have cloakrooms available during GBBF that costs £1 per item, £2 for larger bags and suitcases and can normally be found in the main entrance to the Olympia Grand.

All of our bar staff will be able to provide allergen information on the beers they are serving. Where possible we will make information available in advance with our online beer lists, but we strongly advise that you ask on site at the bar.

The online webform is now active ready for willing volunteers to sign up at http://volunteer.gbbf.org.uk/volunteer/index.asp

If you have any problems or questions about volunteering, then email gbbfvolunteerstaffing@camra.org.uk where Paula, Laura or Liz will answer your query. Note this is the new official email address.

The webform does have several pages and there are explanatory notes and some guidelines you can read to help. Once you start filling in the form it will register you as working, so if you change your mind about anything you can
return to the form, edit details and resubmit at any time.

For those people living outside London, we do provide either free accommodation in student residences or offer a subsidy so you can book your own hotel, provided you work sufficient hours and inform us in advance via the webform.

The student accommodation is in a variety of locations around London such as Stamford Street Residences, near Waterloo; International Hall, near Kings Cross; Imperial College at South Kensington or Froebel College
at Roehampton. Most student accommodation is single room only, some have shared bathroom facilities while others have micropods to create ensuite facilities in the minimum amount of space. If you are willing to share with a partner or friend you will find that the subsidy of £48* per person per night
will more than cover a lot of available hotel and shared apartment accommodation in the area.

* NOTE - This includes VAT, if you cannot provide a VAT receipt with your claim then you will received £40 per person per night – beware of booking online deals via offshore
companies as often they will not provide a VAT receipt and the deal then doesn’t turn out as good as it first appeared.

Paula Waters

GBBF Volunteer Staffing Manager

This year we are offering visitors the chance to make their visit to GBBF even better with the new & improved VIP Bundle. On arrival VIP visitors will be able to skip the queue with a fast-track entry, you’ll then receive all of the things you need to kick off your visit (glass, real ale tokens and a copy souvenir guide and beer list). This year a VIP guest will also be able to make use of the exclusive VIP Lounge where you can relax and soak up the festival atmosphere from the Olympia Grand balcony. You’ll also have the chance to take part in a series of Meet the Brewer sessions that will be held in the lounge during the day, where you will get a chance to sample some of the real ale on the festival floor and find out the artistry that goes in to brewing.

The VIP Bundle Includes:

  • Fast-track entry to one festival session
  • £10 of real ale tokens for use during your visit
  • Access to the new & exclusive VIP Lounge
  • Opportunity to participate in free Meet the Brewer ale sampling sessions
  • Souvenir guide featuring full beer list
  • Festival glass

Limited availability of only 250 per day!

Perfect for a special day out.

Book your VIP Tickets

​If you have any questions about the Great British Beer Festival that are not answered here please contact us using one of the options below:

For all general enquiries about the festival you can email CAMRA by clicking here or call on 01727 867201.

For enquiries regarding purchased tickets please contact SEEtickets Customer Services

​Yes, Olympia London offers full access for everyone to enjoy the festival. Find out more about Olympia London’s facilities here.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is a not-for-profit, volunteer led consumer organisation. We champion the right of the consumer to enjoy British real ale and well-run community pubs.

Find out more at camra.org.uk

On arrival to the festival, you will need to purchase a festival glass at £3. These will be available in full pint, half pint and third pint measurements. At the end of the festival, you can exchange your glass for your money back or keep the glass as a souvenir.

Souvenir festival guides will be available from the festival at a cost of £2 to non CAMRA members. CAMRA Members receive a 50% discount and can get the guide for just £1.

Food will be available from a variety of stalls at the festival.

Under 18s are welcome to attend, however they must be supervised by an adult and remain in the family room. Under 18s cannot drink alcohol at the festival, but do not need a ticket.

There are cash machines inside Olympia, however these do charge a nominal fee for cash withdrawals.

Yes there will be various soft drinks available from the food stalls.

Hat Day will take place on Thursday 11th August, and Hat Day judges will be roaming the festival in the afternoon.

There will be various water points throughout the festival.

Yes, there is a dedicated outdoor smoking area. You can normally swap your current glass/drink for a numbered token to keep it safe as you cannot take glasses outside.

All bars will be cash bars, no tokens are needed.

More information on entertainment will be available soon.

  • 9th August – 12 noon-5pm (Trade Session)
  • 9th August – 5pm-10:30pm (Public Session)
  • 10th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
  • 11th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
  • 12th August – 12 noon-10:30pm
  • 13th August – 11am-7:00pm

You can reach Kensington Olympia via London Overground trains between Stratford & Clapham Junction and Southern Trains services between Milton Keynes Central & South Croydon. A District Line service runs from Earls Court to Kensington Olympia on Friday & Saturdays.

Other stations close by include:

  • Barons Court – 0.5 miles
  • West Kensington Station – 0.6 miles
  • Goldhawk Station – 0.7 miles
  • Shepherds Bush Station – 0.8 miles
  • Hammersmith Station – 0.8 miles
  • Earls Court Station – 0.9 miles
  • High Street Kensington Station – 0.9 miles

Please check the Transport for London or National Rail Enquiries websites before you travel.

People under 18 years of age receive free entry, but they must remain in the family room and be supervised by an adult.

The family area will be located upstairs in the Grand Hall. All those under 18 years old must remain in the Family Room at all times and must be accompanied by an adult. CAMRA does not offer a creche facility.


Simply visit gbbf.org.uk/tickets and you can purchase tickets for any of the available tutored tastings.

The festival’s Trade Session takes place between 12 noon-5pm on Tuesday and is for members of the trade. The festival is open to members of the public from 5pm-10:30pm.