Hey! Ho! Let’s Go! Another great festival coming!
We will start with 200+ carefully selected Real Ales
together with more than 40 ciders and perries,
(hopefully) lots of Real Ales in a Bottle and speciality
beers from all over the world. Please bear in mind that
at Real Ale festivals beer runs out. It is impossible
to rack up new beer, as it must settle for a couple of days or more
before it can be served. The earlier you get to the festival the
greater the choice. To compensate for the more limited choice on
Saturday evening, we offer entertainment by the absolutely excellent
They are a London based band who play foot stomping dance tunes
and toe-tapping original songs which create an energetic party atmosphere
and have the punters putting on their drinking heads and dancing
boots! Just as we like it.
The wine bar will be run by Lurgashall
Winery and will offer a selection of English Wines, Honey Meads,
Fruit Liqueurs & Country Wines from producers across the South
as well as a selection of Spanish Wines & Cavas.
There will also be a variety of food, including
vegetarian & vegan options. Smart
T’s also will be back with some cool new T-shirts,
and Kaz and Camilla from Ace Faces will be painting faces
and temporary tattoos. Local painter Richard
Stone designed again the eye catching festival
To keep it an enjoyable, as well as busy event for all, we always
can do with more volunteers to help us with the
festival, particularly for set-up and take down. Staffing forms
will be available from our website or by post from January onwards.
We also need more help with organising the festival,
which gets bigger each year. We could do with helpers interested
in compiling the bottled beer order, dealing with enquiries, organising
2-3 meetings a year and taking minutes, evaluating feedback forms
and other aspects of organising the festival. This does not all
have to be one person. It certainly peps up your CV. Please get
in touch to find out more.
For those who wish to remain punters, tickets
will be available from 14th January to 22nd February at all the
usual outlets: Evening Star and the Sir
Charles Napier in Brighton, the Gardeners Arms
in Lewes, the Buckingham Arms in Shoreham, the
Selden Arms in Worthing and the Beer Essentials
in Horsham. Brighton Centre Box Office is also selling tickets again,
but please remember that there is a booking fee, when buying tickets
through their website
or phone line. No tickets are sold at Hove Town Hall, other than
at the door during the festival itself. Instead, tickets can be
bought at The Bell in Hove.
Finally, tickets can be ordered via mail order
from SCBCF Ticket Sales, 16 Connell Drive, Woodingdean, Brighton,
East Sussex, BN2 6RT. Please state which session(s) you require
and enclose a 9x4 SAE with your payment. Cheques or postal orders
should be made payable to ‘Sussex CAMRA Beer Festival'. For
the first time we will keep 100 tickets for each session, including
Friday evening, for sale at the door.
All bars operate a token system, where one token has the value
of 10p. Token refunds can be given only for whole
£s and before time is called at the bar. Surplus tokens as
well as other donations go to this year’s festival charity,
House based in Brighton, which is a natural health
charity providing a range of therapies for babies, children and
young people irrespective of their family's ability to pay.
For opening times and ticket prices please have a look at the Tickets
page. The ticket price includes a free souvenir glass
and a programme. Card carrying CAMRA members will
receive beer tokens worth £2 from the CAMRA membership stand.
Holders of a valid NUS card get Saturday evening
tickets at half price, when purchasing tickets in person at the
Brighton Box Office or at the door. If you look as if you could
be under 25, please bring a photo ID to prove your
age! Sorry, but there will be no admission for under 18’s
at the evening sessions and, at any other time, there will
be no access for under 18’s to any of the bar areas. Bags
may be inspected at all times.
There will be also be a Trade Session on Thursday
3-5 pm, where there will be the opportunity to sample up to 10 different
products and speak to producers and purveyors. Traders, who have
not received a ticket by 14th February 2013 and wish to attend,
are asked to request one.