Visiting the Festival

When is it on?

Day & DateOpenLast AdmissionTime at the bar
Wednesday 1st April 202018:00*22:1523:00
Thursday 2ndth April 202012:0022:1523:00
Friday 3rd April 202012:0022:1523:00
Saturday 4th April 202012:0016:1517:00
*CAMRA members 17:00

How to Find us?

You can find us on the First Floor of Northumbria Students Union, Its a breif walk from Haymarket Metro & Bus Station
There are no parking facilities on site, However nearby sites can be found here

How much does it cost?

Admission is £3 (CAMRA Members get in free! on production of a valid membership card)
We do not sell tickets in advanced | You will be given a Festival Wristband for the day. Only those with Wristbands will be served at the bars.
Souvenir Glass is £2
(If you don’t want to keep it, you can return it when finished for a £2 refund)
Beer Tokens will be in operation, which will be in £1.80 denominations (1 Token = 1 Beer/Cider/Perry, Mutiple Tokens maybe needed for Gin),

The Standard serving size for Beers/Ciders& Perrys will be half pints, For Beers over 6% and ciders over 7% drinks will only be served in thirds.

Fast Track

£14 – 5 X Tokens, Glass,Programme & Admission (Reduced to £11 for members)

Card & Cash Accepted

Not a CAMRA Member?

Visit our membership desk as you enter and join today, you’ll get complimentary access to the festival and 4 free beer tokens Join from £27 (or £25 by Direct Debit) comes with a range of other benefits found here

Whats on?

120 Beers

Including approx 30 Battle of the Beers where local breweries fight to create the best Dark IPA or Flavoured Porter/Stout

50 Ciders & Perries

A diverse selection of a broad range of Cider and Perry


6pm – 11pm

Annoucement of the Battle of the Beers. Who will be the champion of the Dark IPA and Flavoured porter & Stout

Complentary Photobooth!


12pm – 11pm

Apperances by Tyne Signature Barbershop Quartet

Star and Shadow Rapper (sword) dancers

Complentary Photobooth


12pm – 11pm

Live in Reds Bar
(from 6pm)

Band Night featuring
* Byker Hillbillies
* The Bear Wire Band
* UK Chilli Peppers


12pm – 5pm

from 2pm

Marty Craggs Little Jam Band plays in the main room

(Formally of lindisfarne & the happy cats)

Beer & Cider School

Thursday 5pm

An introduction to real ale

Beer school is a hour long tutored tasting giving a introduction to the world of real ale including how it’s made , the basic styles and finding your new favourite beer.

Includes 4 tasters e
Thursday 6pm

N.E Sippin Forecast

Beer reviews made easy: Anyone can review a beer, including you. To prove it, the North East Sippin Forecast podcast* hosts will break down the methods used to review a beer and, in just 1 hour, will give you the tools needed to review a beer like the professionals (this session may be recorded for future podcasts).

*The UK’s number one podcast dedicated to the North East beer scene.

Price £10 Inc 4 samples
Friday 5pm

Cider School

A good cider is like a wine, there are many varieties with a wide range of styles and flavour. Have you ever wanted to tell your dry cider from your medium or explore trying to find a cider that is right for your taste buds.

Includes 4 tasters.
Friday 6pm

Cafe Amsterdam

Cafe Amsterdam present craft beer styles old and new.

Includes sampling 5 Beers and cold snacks for that full Cafe Amsterdam Experience

£12 Inc 5 samples and snacks