Monday, December 4, 2023

Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2018


The 9th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 27th September to Sunday 30th September 2018. The venue has its own car park, with the railway and bus stations only a short walk away.

The festival will be held in the main hall and various “classrooms” of the former Grammar School, with the bars in a marquee in an adjoining playground. There will be “quiet rooms” available at all sessions and local caterer, Farmhouse Kitchen, will provide a selection of hot and cold food from Thursday to Saturday.

The festival will launch on Thursday with a special preview session from 4-6pm with free entry to all including non-members. This will be followed at 7.30pm by a 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 . Advance tickets can be purchased online for all sessions (except Sunday) also via the website. You can pay on the door but be sure to arrive early to ensure admission. Over 18’s only after 6pm.

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

There will be over 65 ales from around the country, including some one-off festival “specials”, 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.

2018 sees the centenary of the end of the First World War and we have adopted this as the theme for our festival this year. We are collaborating with the Belper in Wartime Group who will have a programme of events throughout the weekend, including an exhibition. There will also be various talks and performances during Friday and Saturday afternoons. Customers will be given the chance to record their memories of relatives’ lives in Belper from 1917-1922.

Our musical entertainment this year will be provided by Crossroads (classic rock and blues) on Friday night, supported by The Fab Two (Beatles tribute), and local rock covers band, Headshrinka headlining on Saturday night, supported by Acorn Roots (pop/folk/reggae/Celtic).

2018 Festival commemorative glasses in various styles will be on sale for £3 and hire glasses will be available on sale or return.

Amber Valley CAMRA look forward to welcoming visitors old and new and hope you have a great time with us at Strutts.

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