WELCOME to the website of the Ely and District CAMRA, 9th Elysian Winter Beer Festival which will be taking place on:

Friday 26th January 2018 from 10.30am to 22.00pm &

Saturday 27th January 2018 from 10.30am to 20.00pm

at The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4BB

There will be a wide range of beers (approximately 84) and ciders (approximately 20) on offer for your enjoyment – the final beer and cider list will be available on Monday 22nd January 2018 on this website and on our Facebook page. There will be gluten free and vegan beers available for those who wish to partake of them. Breweries to be featured will include:

Programmes will be available on the day which will also list all the beers available – please make your selection before arriving at the bar and have a second choice available should your first choice not be available. If you want to relive the 2016 and 2017 festivals, reminisce over the beers you enjoyed or simply to see what was on offer in previous years take a look at the programmes from these events 2016 Programme  2017 Programme

Please be sure to like our Facebook page @ElyAnd DistrictCamra and also follow us on twitter @ElyBeerFestival to receive regular updates. If you wish to download the poster for the event you can do so here Poster 2018

Many thanks must go to the Sponsors of this event:

Please note that many details for the festival are not fixed as yet and this website will be updated as and when details are known or change – please regard information as provisional at this stage.



The Elysian Winter Beer Festival is run by volunteers and we are always in need of help. If you are able to lend a helping hand, please get in contact to discuss opportunities. We need help;

• Serving behind the bar
• Admitting patrons to the festival
• Stewarding
• Handling membership enquiries and signing up members, as well as
• Other general support such as setting up and taking down the festival

No experience is necessary as training will be provided and a staff meeting will be held on the evening of the 25th January. You do not need to be a CAMRA member to be a volunteer at the event.

As a volunteer you will have access to a wide range of benefits;

• Free entry to the festival
• Training
• Discounted beer (50% of the price)
• Free or subsidised food (to be confirmed with the venue)
• The camaraderie of being part of a small team delivering this great event, and
• Access to the trade session on 25th and free beer that evening

If you would like to help out, please complete the form available here 9th_Elysian_Festival_Staffing_Form and return it as directed.

Questions and Answers

Q. What will the admission price be?

A. The admission price for non CAMRA members will be £20 which comprises of admission price £2, beer festival commemorative glass £3 and £15 of beer tokens. The price for CAMRA members will be £15 which comprises of the commemorative glass £3 and £12 of beer tokens. In the unlikely event that you do not wish to keep your glass as a memento of the festival all glasses are refundable at £3 a time and equally we will buy back any unused vouchers, up to 20 minutes before the close of the event.

Q. What will the price of the beer and cider be?

A. Depending on the strength of the beer it will be £3.60, £3.90 or £4.20 – cider will be priced at £3.90. Tokens will need to be purchased which will then be exchanged for beer. Refunds will be issued for unused tokens. Beer and cider can be purchased in thirds, halves or pints.

Q. How do I become a member of CAMRA?

A. You can join by going to the following link https://join.camra.org.uk/ Also gift memberships can be purchased for just £27 which would make a great Xmas present for that hard to buy for person –see http://www.camra.org.uk/gift-memberships You can also join CAMRA at the festival and when you do so will be entitled to some free tokens which can be exchanged for beer.

Q. What are the benefits of being a member of CAMRA?

 A. There are many including:

  • Member discounts, including on books
  • Free or discounted entry to CAMRA beer festivals for valid card carrying CAMRA members
  • Discounts on beer and cider at a number of public houses
  • Access to What’s brewing and Beer magazine
  • Campaigning
  • The CAMRA online pub guide
  • Local branch activities and
  • Opportunities for member investments

Q. Will you take cards to purchase beer/cider or for entry?

A. No, this event is cash only. There are cash machines nearby which stewards will be able to direct you to. You will need to use tokens to purchase beer which can be bought for cash – cards up to the value of £10 worth of tokens will be available.

Q. Will other drinks be available for purchase?

A. No wine will be available – soft drinks will be available for designated drivers.

Q.Will food be available?

A. Yes – details to be confirmed with the venue. You may not bring your own alcoholic drink into the festival but you may bring food with you if you wish and soft drinks for children.

Q. How accessible is the venue?

A. Ely’s excellent transport links make The Maltings an easily accessible venue by train and road, with the station being within five minutes’ walk, and road links to the A1, A14 and M11. Free parking is available across the road at Ship Lane Car Park. The building has good access for those persons with disabilities and stewards will be available to assist as required. We are not however able to guarantee a table for anyone.

Q. Can I bring my children with me to the festival?

A. Yes we have a room available upstairs in the venue which is suitable for children. All under 18’s must be with a responsible adult. There is no access into the main hall for under 18’s.

Q. Will you be operating a proof of age scheme?

A. Yes – volunteers reserve the right to request ID. As at any licensed premises, it is illegal to buy alcohol if you are under 18, or to buy alcohol for anyone under 18. We will be operating the http://www.challenge25.org/ If you are lucky enough to appear under 25, you may be asked for ID to check you are over 18. The only acceptable ID is a government issued photo ID (photo driving licence or passport) or a proof of age card http://www.challenge25.org/proof.html Please do not be offended if you are asked for ID and we thank you in advance for your cooperation in this matter.

Q. Will any money be going to charity?

A. Yes – unused tokens can be donated to charity and there will also be charity boxes available to donate to. All money so collected will go to our nominated charities (not decided as yet).

Q. What if I need first aid or other help during the festival?

A. Please contact the stewards who will be wearing high visibility tabards or please speak to any member of staff.

Q. Will I have to queue?

A. There is a limit on the number able to access the building at any one time due to fire regulations – at peak times this might mean that queuing will be in place and entry will be restricted – please bear this in mind when deciding what time you will visit us.


Ely Fringe Festival

Keep your eyes open, as the Ely Fringe Festival will be in operation over the beer festival weekend and the pubs listed below will be hosting additional beers for your enjoyment. The pubs participating include:

Ely also offers a wealth of attractions for visitors to explore and as the second smallest City in the country can be explored easily in a day by foot. The first port of call for many visitors to Ely is the Cathedral. This imposing structure towers across the fens for miles around. Dominating the skyline, it is one of England’s most beautiful and largest Cathedrals. Known locally as the ‘Ship of the Fens’ it is famous for its unique Octagon tower, which when lit can be seen for tens of miles. The Cathedral is also home to the only national museum dedicated to Stained Glass. If it’s history you’re interested in then Ely Museum, housed in the city’s old gaol, is an excellent place to start.

Ely’s most famous historical resident of Ely was of course Oliver Cromwell.  The Cromwell family lived in Ely for some 10 years and today you can visit their former house which has been recreated to demonstrate what 17th Century domestic life would have been like along with an exhibition on the civil war.  It also doubles as the Tourist Information Centre.

Ely has a beautiful waterside area, which is an attraction within itself, where you can explore the many cafes and restaurants or visit the art galleries.  Alternatively, simply take time out to relax and watch the river boats pass by.




CAMRA           http://www.camra.org.uk/

Ely and District CAMRA https://www.facebook.com/ElyAndDistrictCamra/?ref=ts&fref=ts

Local pubs                                                                                                      https://whatpub.com/search?q=CB7+4BB&lat=52.3957&lng=0.268323&r=10&t=pc&p=1&features=Pub%2COpen%2CRealAle

Visit Ely       http://www.visitely.org.uk  including things to do and accommodation