Friday, December 8, 2023

Amber Valley CAMRA Beer And Cider Festival Returns To Belper

The 8th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October 2017.

The festival is held in the main hall and former classrooms of this unique, atmospheric venue, with the bars being set up in a marquee in an adjoining playground.

It will launch on Thursday with a special preview session from 4-6pm with free entry to all including non-members. This gives customers the opportunity to access the full range of beers, ciders and perries without the weekend crowds. This will be followed at 7.30pm by our popular, free-to-enter quiz with prizes, where table-service will be provided for participants.

There will be live music in the main hall on Friday and Saturday nights – for full details of all entertainment, opening times and prices, please visit .

The Sunday session 12-2pm is free entry with any remaining beers at £2 a pint.

There will be over 70 ales from around the country, showcasing a good mix of traditional styles along with some unusual and contemporary beers. The Cider Bar will be serving a varied selection of ciders and perries and also country wines and soft drinks. The beer and cider list will be available to view on our website closer to the event.

2017 sees the bicentenary of the Pentrich Revolution. Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group will be displaying artwork and historical pieces throughout the festival. The Group will be giving a talk on Saturday afternoon at 3pm with the opportunity to sample the revolution-themed beers brewed for the festival to commemorate the event. There will be a £3 entry fee for this talk and tasting session and spaces are limited so please pre-book at or visit the membership desk on arrival.

Several areas will be kept free for those who prefer to drink quietly, have a chat or to sample the great selection of hot and cold food that will be on offer from local caterer, Farmhouse Kitchen, during all sessions from Thursday to Saturday. Snacks and soft drinks will also be available with free soft drinks for designated drivers.

The former Herbert Strutt Grammar School is situated on the A6 just outside the town centre and has its own car park, with the railway and bus stations only a short walk away and buses stopping right outside the venue.

Advance tickets are not required at any sessions but be sure to arrive early to ensure admission.  Over 18’s only after 6pm. There is free wi-fi at the venue. Dogs are welcome but only allowed in certain areas.

2017 Festival commemorative glasses in various styles will be on sale for £3 and hire glasses will be available on sale or return.

Claire Meese


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