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Saturday 18 February 2012

Today (Saturday 18th February) is the LAST day of 2012 Derby Winter Beer Festival. featuring live music from UK Foo Fighters.

Today (Saturday 18th February 2012) is day four and the final day of this years Derby Camra Winter Beer Festival. So if you have been putting off going its your last chance now until the Derby Summer beer festival which starts on Wednesday 11th July 2012.

I will be posting videos soon.

The 2012 CAMRA Derby Winter Beer Festival started on Wednesday 15th February and runs until 11pm today. The live music today will be provided by UK Foo Fighters and Green Fortune (a folk/punk band from Swadlincote), this will take place on the stage in the Carriage Room.

This takes place at the Historic Roundhouse on Pride Park, Derby.
Detailed map showing the Roundhouse/Free shuttle bus etc.

Here is a photograph I took on Thursday of the 2012 beer festival inside the Derby Roundhouse :
Derby winter Beer festival 2012

If you have never been to a beer festival before then you are missing an experience, there are not just beers on sale there are ciders and Perries.  You can get all sorts of hot and cold food too. T-shirts and glasses are available to buy. And great live music today will be from a tribute band UK Foo Fighters.

Its best to arrive by the free bus service from Derby Assembly rooms. See below for details.
This year there will be real ale on sale in the Carriage Room as well as the Main Hall of the Roundhouse itself.
Due to unforeseen circumstances Steak Club are unable to play tonight & Green Fortune (Wednesday night's amazing Punk/Folk Group) will support the UK Foo Fighters

Dates and opening times:
Saturday 18th February 11am to 11pm

Entrance charges:
FREE to CAMRA Members at all times. Non-members will be charged as follows :
Saturday 18.2.12 11am - 4pm - £3
Saturday 18.2.12 4pm - 11pm - £5

Travelling to the Derby Winter Beer Festival:
There is a FREE Shuttle Bus between Derby Town Centre and the beer festival provided by Harpurs Coaches. (Yes its FREE there and back honest !) and travels as below :

This free bus shuttle will run at these times :

Saturday 18th, Leaves Derby City Centre at these times :
11:00, 11:30, 12:00, 12:30, 13:00, 13:30, 14:00, 14:30, 15:00, 15:30, 16:00, 16:30, 17:00, 17:30, 18:00, 18:30, 19:00, 19:30, 20:00, 20:30, 21:00

Leaves the Roundhouse at these times :
11:15, 11:45,12:15, 12:45, 13:15, 14:45, 14:15, 14:45, 15:15, 15:45, 16:15, 16:45, 17:15, 17:45, 18:15, 18:45, 19:15, 19:45, 20:15, 20:45, 21:15

Where do I catch the free Beer festival shuttle bus?
Its not very well advertised, Every day I've been on this bus and there was hardly anyone on it ! Seems a bit strange as its free and it takes you to right outside the Roundhouse.
In Derby this free shuttle bus picks up at the times stated above from next to the Assembly Rooms car park. In my photograph you can see where this is, so should help you locate it. It only takes 10 minutes to get to the Roundhouse.

Want a map? Click HERE to view a detailed map for this shuttle bus showing drop off/pick points and routes.

Bus for Derby winter beer festival 2012

The shuttle bus drops you off right outside the roundhouse as you can see in my photograph here: It leaves here at the times stated above.
Bus for Derby winter beer festival 2012 at Roundhouse

Live entertainment at the 2012 Derby Beer Festival :
Saturday 18th February the UK Foo Fighters headline supported by Green Fortune.

The Roundhouse
Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, DE24 8JE

Detailed Maps to help you. Click on the links below the map if you want a large version for printing out.

Derby Winter Beer Festival Maps :

View CAMRA Derby Winter Beer Festival, Beer festival shuttle bus in a larger map

The Roundhoouse :

View CAMRA Derby Winter Beer Festival, Beer festival shuttle bus in a larger map

A video showing a pan around the Roundhouse at last years winter beerfest.

For those non-drinkers giving people a lift in your car, the SATNAV postcode for Derby Roundhouse is DE24 8JE

Its also a perfect location to get to by train as Derby railway station is less that 30 seconds walk away from this venue !
See when the next train to Derby station is here - Thetrainline.com

Google Streetview of Derby Roundhouse. (note this was captured by Google before the Derby College restoration was completed!)

Smartphone mapping pin for smartphone owners:
If you are a new visitor to Derby's winter beer festival then you will find my smartphone navigation pin of use. Simply view this blog on your smartphone and follow my instruction below.

Derby Winter Beer Festival drop pin <---- Tap this link on you smartphone.

When you tap the link above, it will launch your mapping application and place a "push pin" onto the map with the exact location of Derby Roundhouse beer festival. You can then use this marker to get walking directions.

For example on an iPhone you tap the "Directions" button at the bottom and this will pre-fill in the start location with your current location and the end location with the Roundhouse.

So all you need to do is just tap the "Route" button at the bottom then tap the walking icon and it will show you walking route. If you tap the bottom left icon 3 times then this will turn on follow mode, Centre mode and direction mode. What this means is that a blue flashing dot which represents you will stay in the centre of the screen and orientated in the direction that you travel in.

If you tap the middle button at the top, this will even show you which bus number and when the next bus to the Roundhouse is from your nearest location.
My push pins are far more accurate than any other map as its not based on the postcode which most maps are. My map is based on local knowledge of the location.

Beer and Cider Lists:
The Complete Beer and Cider lists are here : (These are in .PDF format.)

The Beer List.
Cider and Perry List.
Continental Beer List.

With regards to Cider and Perry, the tub labels should tell most of what you need to know when ordering. Green labels are cider and yellow labels are perry.
Good to see they have Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon on as this was on in The Babington Arms and the Standing Order but sold out before I had chance to even try it !
We also have Three Cats Morley a local cider on again which was also on at the GBBF in London.
Also the classic Broadoak Perry.

Andy Savage

1 comment:

  1. Hi Andy,

    Can you get in touch?