Beer Festivals

Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2017

We are pleased to announce that this year's event will take place on Thursday 28th September  - Sunday 1st October 2017.  We will be returning to Strutts again for the fourth year and our eighth festival.

More details to be announced soon.


Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2016



Our 7th beer festival took place September 29th to Oct. 2nd at Strutt Community Centre in Belper. Opening on Thursday at 4pm with free entry until 6pm, the marquee contained 74 real ales plus 12 ciders, 3 perries, country and a variety of wines. Later that evening we held our first ever, prepared and presented by Pauline Finnie. Eleven teams competed to earn prizes of free beer or cider and the eventual winners were a trio from Arkwright Arms including landlady Emily.  To allow contestants uninterrupted concentration, waiter service provided them with drinks from the marquee outside.


We are delighted to report that it was another very successful and enjoyable festival with record attendance on Saturday afternoon (516) breaking the 500 barrier for the 1st time in our 7 year history!!


We received very positive feedback about the venue, ambience, the beer list and our wonderful volunteers – people travelled from Rugby, Northampton, London, and even Scotland (Al, we salute you).


Saturday’s Meet The Brewer session featuring Landlocked’s Mike James was attended by 14 people who enjoying the story of a start-up micro-brewery and tasting the amazing results.


Friday night’s entertainment came from Wayward Brotherhood and The Cartoon Beatles – with much twisting and shouting by an enthusiastic crowd. Saturday’s popular acts were Midnight Pumpkin Trucks supported by Kick and Rush with attendees unperturbed by the torrential evening rain.


Hardly any ale or cider remained after Sunday lunchtime’s final drink-up session. The 1st beer to sell out (Friday) was Wild Beer’s Millionaire (chocolate in a barrel…) brewed in Somerset and the 2nd was Bridgehouse Tequila Blonde 3.8% pale brewed in West Yorkshire.


Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the festival and especially to all the volunteers who gave their time and commitment to ensure the festival ran smoothly.  We hope to see you all again next year – in 2017 the dates will be Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October. – put it in your diary.


If you would like to get involved in planning the 2017 event we welcome you to join us at our next meeting in January 2017.  See the diary page for more information.


The 2015 event was covered by Belper News.  Here's a link to their article

The 2014 event was an overwhelming success and Belper News also covered it.  Here's a link to their article