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7th-11th August 2018

Welcome to The Ultimate Beer Festival

Britain’s flagship beer festival is returning to Olympia in London this summer from 7-11 August! The Great British Beer Festival will live up to its reputation as ‘the ultimate beer festival’ with over 900 real ales including craft beers, real ciders and perries, fine wines and gin served from over 30 bars all under one roof.

Tutored tasting sessions to help you learn more about the brews you’re sampling will be available and can be enjoyed alongside some fantastic street food. You can also listen to live music including the Planet Rock take over on Thursday 9 August, partake in pub quizzes and find out which beer will be crowned the 2018 Champion Beer of Britain, one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world.

Opening Times & Tickets

Opening Times

  • Tuesday 7th August – 12 noon-5 pm (Trade Session)
  • Tuesday 7th August – 5pm-10:30 pm (Public Session)
  • Wednesday 8th August – 12 noon-10:30 pm
  • Thursday 9th August – 12 noon-10:30 pm
  • Friday 10th August – 12 noon-10:30 pm
  • Saturday 11th August – 11am-7:00 pm

Last Admission: half an hour before close. No pass-outs will be allowed back in after this time.

 

*Booking Fees Apply

Tickets

Please note that a booking fee applies to all advanced tickets.

Single Day Entry

Entry to any single public session of the festival – £11* (£14 on door)

Season Ticket

Entry to every public session plus the trade session – £29*

Get Your Ticket(s) Now

If you prefer to chat please call 01727 798440

Don’t forget to pre-purchase a copy of our Festival Guide (£2), your Festival Glass (£3), and as many Beer Tokens as you’d like, all to collect on arrival!

Make The Most Of Your Visit

The Great British Beer Festival is an unmissable event, featuring one of the widest and best quality selections of real ale, other craft beer, real cider and perry of any event in the UK. The festival’s VIP Package is the perfect way to get the very best out of your visit from the moment you arrive.

The VIP Package includes your entry ticket to a single session of the festival so no need to purchase separate tickets!

Only 250 of these special packages are available per day, and apply Wednesday – Saturday only.

The VIP package is just £39*.

(there is no members’ discount on VIP tickets)

Please note that the VIP Package can only be purchased in advance and includes single entry to one session.

The VIP Package contains:

  • Entry to a single session
  • Fast-track entry to the festival – beat the queues and reach the bars
  • Festival Guide – featuring complete beer list with tasting notes
  • Souvenir Glass – available in three sizes
  • £15 worth of  tokens which are redeemable across all bars for beer or cider
  • Access to an exclusive seating area – situated on the main festival floor with high comfort seating so you get the real festival experience
  • Opportunity to take part in informal beer tasting sessions

Don’t miss out and buy your VIP Package now!

What's On

The Great British beer festival isn’t just about beer.

We have a whole host of entertainment such as rock, pop and alternative bands which appear alongside auctions, traditional pub games and Saturday’s Big Pub Quiz.

A full programme of book signings and tutored tastings will be available to enhance your festival experience.

Find out more below!

 

Planet Rock - Thursday 9th August

Planet Rock has announced the music line up at their takeover event at the Great British Beer Festival, in a first for the annual festival.

Planet Rock, the largest rock radio station in the UK, is partnering with the Great British Beer Festival to bring a whole day of unforgettable entertainment to this year’s festival during its Thursday session.

Six bands will entertain festival-goers as they enjoy a selection of the hundreds of beers the festival has available.

Why not check them out on our dedicated #GBBF2018 Spotify playlist and get yourself into the mood for Thursday?

 

The acts playing are:

Broken Witt Rebels
are the festival’s headline act – a four-piece group beautifully crafting soul, blues, rock and electronic, hailing from Birmingham.

Danny Bryant
a blues-rock guitarist from Royston, Hertfordshire.

The Dust Coda
a four-member group delivering rootsy, soulful, yet edge-driven hard rock ‘n’ roll.

Bad Touch
formed in 2010, originally from Norfolk, has started building a reputation for their dynamic live shows, making them one of the “must-see” acts at many local venues.

Mollie Marriott
a versatile singer/songwriter from the UK with a rock, soul and R’n’B side, and daughter of the late Steve Marriott.

Fireroad
a hard-hitting, quality rock ‘n’ roll from the Valleys, South Wales.

Tutored Tastings

Tasting sessions are a perfect way to get a little extra from the Great British Beer Festival.

This year, you can purchase your add-on tasting ticket for a selection of tasting sessions and due to popular demand, we have also added an extra session of the “Champion Beer of Britain” tasting with Roger Protz!

See below for a full listing of sessions available.

*Booking fee applies.

Tickets for tasting sessions will also be available for purchase at the Membership and Information stand at the festival. To avoid disappointment, we do suggest purchasing these in advance with your entrance ticket.

TUESDAY 07 AUGUST 2018

Champion Beer of Britain

Roger Protz showcases six of the winning beers from the 2018 Champion Beer of Britain competition, including the chance to taste the overall competition winner!
6 – 7pm
CAMRA Members £15.00* / £18.00* non-members

Introduction to Beer

A short introductory session featuring four beers that will open up the world of real ale for you.
6.30 – 7.15pm
£10.00*

WEDNESDAY 08 AUGUST 2018

Champion Beer of Britain

Roger Protz showcases six of the winning beers from the 2018 Champion Beer of Britain competition, including the chance to taste the overall competition winner!
1.30 – 2.30pm
CAMRA Members £15.00* / £18.00* non-members

LIMITED AVAILABILITY 

Champion Beer of Britain

Roger Protz showcases six of the winning beers from the 2018 Champion Beer of Britain competition, including the chance to taste the overall competition winner!
6 – 7pm
CAMRA Members £15.00* / £18.00* non-members

Introduction to Beer

A short introductory session featuring four beers that will open up the world of real ale for you.
6.30 – 7.15pm
£10.00*

 

 

If you prefer to chat please call 01727 798440

THURSDAY 09 AUGUST 2018

Introduction to Beer

A short introductory session featuring four beers that will open up the world of real ale for you.
1 – 1.45pm
£10.00*

The Belgian Influence on the Beer Revolution

Tim Webb & Joe Stange, authors of CAMRA’s Belgium Good Beer Guide, will be guiding you through some great contemporary Belgian beers and looking at the new influences upon them.
1.30 – 2.30pm
CAMRA Members £15.00* / £18.00* non-members

LIMITED AVAILABILITY 

 

NEW XT Brewing Co. Tasting

XT Brewing Co. will be talking you through a selection of their beers, telling stories about the brews and their brewing process.
6 – 7 pm
CAMRA Members £15.00* / £18.00* non-members

Introduction to Beer

A short introductory session featuring four beers that will open up the world of real ale for you.
6.30 – 7.15pm
£10.00*

FRIDAY 10 AUGUST 2018

Introduction to Beer

A short introductory session featuring four beers that will open up the world of real ale for you.
1 – 1.45pm
£10.00*

LIMITED AVAILABILITY 

Beer & Cheese with Annabel Smith

Annabel Smith, Beer Sommelier and BeerBelle founder, will take you through the wonderful world of beer and cheese pairing with a delicious smorgasbord of beer and bites. Which combination will be your favourite?

1.30 – 2.30pm
CAMRA Members £16.00* / £19.00* non-members

LIMITED AVAILABILITY 

Beer & Chocolate with Christine Cryne

One of the best combinations of tastes is beer with chocolate – honest! Christine Cryne will be hosting this session so come and have your preconceptions blown away with some great beers and chocolate and they are not all dark.

6 – 7pm
CAMRA Members £16.00* / £19.00* non-members

Introduction to Beer

A short introductory session featuring four beers that will open up the world of real ale for you.
6.30 – 7.15pm
£10.00*

Shop & Book Signings

The CAMRA shop will be open for trading throughout the festival and as the leading publisher of books on beer and pubs, we will be offering the entire range of our listed publications alongside some new arrivals for 2018.

We will also be hosting several events with some of our most prominent authors who will be more than happy to sign and discuss their books with you.

We will also be your point of call for selected CAMRA products such as clothing and gift items so come along and take a look

Visit our online shop HERE to purchase the current Good Beer Guide at a members’ discount as well as exploring our latest offers and promotions.

 

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