We are very lucky in South Bedfordshire that there are always a number of excellent local beer festivals to attend. Many of them are not CAMRA beer festivals, but are wholeheartedly endorsed by us.
For a list of CAMRA beer festivals in the East Anglia region go to the beer festivals page of the regional website. For other CAMRA beer festivals around the country go to the events section of the national website for more information.
If you know of any other local beer festivals, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
13th to 29th March, JD Wetherspoon Real Ale Festival - taking place at all Wetherspoon pubs, the spring beer festival features 50 real ales from around the country and the world, many exclusively brewed for the festival. The beer list with tasting notes can be found here.
1st to 6th April, Anglers Retreat Beer Festival Startops End, Marsworth, HP23 4LJ. This popular local festival is easily accessible using the 61 bus from Luton and Dunstable which stops a short walk away and the 164 from Leighton Buzzard which stops outside the pub!
16th to 19th April, Albion, Ampthill 36 Dunstable Street, MK45 2JT. Part of the 5th anniversary celebrations, around 12 real ales and ciders on top of what is being served at the bar.
23rd to 25th April, Pheasant Inn, Dunstable St Georges Beer Festival 208 West Street, LU6 1NX. 20 ales and ciders, live music and food. More information here.
23rd to 25th April, Half Moon, Hitchin Beer Festival 57 Queen Street, SG4 9TZ. One of the biggest local pub festivals with over 80 real ales, ciders and perries. Homemade food and snacks available. More information here.
30th April to 3rd May Globe Beer Festival, Dunstable 43 Winfield Street, Dunstable LU6 1LS.
30th April to 4th May, White Horse, Bedford Beer Festival 48 Newnham Avenue, MK41 9PX.
30th April to 4th May, Rising Sun, Potton XIV Beer Festival 11 Everton Road, Potton, Sandy, SG19 2PA.
30th April to 4th May, Star, Leighton Buzzard Beer Festival 230 Heath Road, LU7 3AY. With food and music on Friday and Saturday.
30th April to 4th May, Old Farm Inn, Totternhoe Beer Festival 16 Church Road, LU6 1RE. 14 real ales and 4 real ciders.
1st and 2nd May, Bedford: Bamberg Beer Festival The Harpur Suite, Bedford Corn Exchange, MK40 1LE. Bedford: Bamberg Spring Fest is an annual beer festival which started back in 2008 and is run by Bedford Corn Exchange to celebrate Bedford's twinning with Bamberg - both of which are famous for their beer brewing. Expect to see plenty of German beer including Bamberg's famous smoked "Rauchbier". More information here.
1st to 4th May, Barton Rovers FC 3rd annual beer festival Sharpenhoe Road, Barton-le-Clay, MK45 4SD entrance on Luton Road). A selection of real ales and ciders, entrance fee is the purchase of a festival beer glass. There is live music on the Saturday evening and a family fun day on Sunday with a special tug of war competition between the local pubs!
16th May, Buzzard Ale Trail Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway, Page's Park Station, Billington Road, LU7 4TN. A total of 20 real ales and ciders plus hot and cold food sold at the three venues on the line of Narrow Gauge Railway which are Page's Park, the Clay Pipe pub and the Bottom Yard Beer Hall at Stonehenge Works. Bars will open on the arrival of the first train or at 11:30 at Page's Park. Trains start at 10:40. CAMRA members get a £2 discount on train tickets. Bookings in advance are advised. Go to the website for more details and for advanced bookings. If you wish to volunteer to help collect the beer or to work at one of the bars please complete the staffing form and return to Nick Burton. For more information about the LBNGR please click here.
18th to 23rd May, CAMRA Cambridge Beer Festival on Jesus Green.
5th and 6th June, 12th Eaton Bray Village Hall Beer and Cider Festival Church Lane, LU6 2DJ. 30 real ales and 2 real ciders. The beer list will appear here soon.
11th to 13th June, CAMRA Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival Hitchin Rugby Football Club, Old Hale Way, SG5 1XL.
10th to 12th July, Crown, Flitwick Beer Festival Station Road, MK45 1LA.
13th to 19th July, Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard Cider Festival 20 High Street, LU7 1EA. 50 real cider, perries and fruit wines.