Please note the provisional dates for the  10th Elysian Winter Beer Festival have now been set for 24th, 25th and 26th January 2019. Please hold those dates and we look forward to seeing you there.

Times 2019:

Thursday 24th January – 6pm – 9pm

Friday 25th January – 9.30am – 9.30pm

Saturday 26th January – 9.30am – 7pm. No entry after 6pm. Last orders at 6.30 (but subject to amount of beer remaining).

Venue – The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4BB

This website will only be updated when more detailed plans are underway for the 10th event – until then all content will remain live on this site should people wish to review any of the content relating to the 9th Festival. 

We are pleased that nearly 2000 people enjoyed the Ely and District CAMRA, 9th Elysian Winter Beer Festival which took  place on:



There will be a wide range of beers (approximately 84) and ciders (approximately 20) on offer for your enjoyment.

Latest update – the Provisional Beer List and Provisional Cider List are now published and available to view by clicking on the links.

Further updateThe combined provisional beer and cider list with tasting notes  is now available to view by clicking on this link.

Here it is the Final beer and cider list 2018

Day 1 Updates to beer list as follows:

  • 23 Three Blind Mice – Flight Of The Unicorn v1 is now keykeg 27
  • 23R is now Three Blind Mice – Happy Face (Double Vanilla) 4.1 FESTIVAL SPECIAL
  • 46 Fox Meadow – Fields Of Gold withdrawn and replaced by BULL OF THE WOODS ~ VAPOUR TRAIL
  • 74 Star Wing – Spire Light withdrawn and replaced by OTHER MONKEY ~ STOUT
  • 18 Bexar County – Young & Afraid is YOUNG & UNAFRAID

Day 2 updates to the beer list

  • 40 Bull Of The Woods Winter Pale 4.7 replaced by 102 Abstract Jungle Sturdy – Simcoe Citra 5.6
  • 44 Downham Isle English Pale Ale 5.0 replaced by 101 Abstract Jungle Casual 4.6
  • 58 Mile Tree Morello Porter 4.8 replaced by 215 Milton Minerva 4.6
  • 57 Mile Tree Citra Gold 3.7 replaced by 104 All Day Rye Porter 5.9
  • 62 Mr Bees Best BeeR 4.0 replaced by 107 Draycott CA Steam 4.5
  • 68 Pumphouse Old Gold 3.9 replaced by 110 Yorkshire Heart Off The Wheaten Path 3.5
  • 72 Shiny Disco Balls 5.3 replaced by 106 Grain Best Bitter 4.2
  • 77 Totally Brewed Guardian Of The Forest 3.8 replaced by 108 Muirhouse Magnum Mild 4.5
  • 81 Tudor Tudor IPA 4.0 replaced by 109 Turpins Cambridge Black 4.6
  • 21 Three Blind Mice Calypso 5.0 replaced by Lonely Snake Citra Simcoe 3.5

There are gluten free and vegan beers available for those who wish to partake of them. Breweries featured include:

…and many others – all now listed on the beer and cider list.

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 Alternatively take a look at the Winter edition of our 2017 Ely Isle Ale Magazine for some interesting articles, a crossword and most importantly the Golden Route which will enable you to visit all of the Public Houses in Ely.

If you wish to see the Press Release – it is available here Press Release – Winter 2018.

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 subject to change and this website will be updated as and when details are known or change – please regard all information as provisional.


The views expressed on this website are not necessarily those of the Campaign for Real Ale Ltd. Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information on the web site is accurate and up to date, no responsibility for errors and omissions can be accepted.



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% off 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

Additional benefit recently announced –  a free festival T Shirt (subject to availability as only 75 are available and will be given out on a first come first served basis).

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 £10 which comprises of the commemorative glass £3 and £7 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,the majority of the beer will sell for £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 (but no £50 notes please). 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. 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. Vegan and gluten free food will be available see Menu belowIMG_1248

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 (Branching Out and Centre 33).

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.

Q. Are dogs allowed in the Festival?

A. Due to the very busy nature of the festival dogs are not allowed in – the only exception being for Guide Dogs.

Q. Can I Smoke/Vape inside the premises?

A. The premises will be non-smoking and non-vaping. Areas will be available outside if required.


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.




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