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
- 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. 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
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.