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Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Derby CAMRA City Charter Summer Beer and Cider Festival, Wednesday 8th July to Sunday 12th July 2015.

The 2015 Derby Summer Beer Festival is here!
Wednesday 8th July to Sunday 12th July. the grand opening is at 6:30pm on Wednesday
Follow my live tweets from this festival : AndySavage1969

Here is my complete guide to one of the biggest and best Beer festivals in Derby, If I have missed anything please let me know. I have included opening Dates and Times, Admission Prices, Maps, Photographs, Beer and Cider lists, App review, accommodation, Entertainment details including videos of all the acts you can see at this years beer festival.

This beer festival takes place in a large marquee in front of the Assembly Rooms, This year the marquee is larger and has better insulation from the heat of the Sun.

The entrance to this festival is opposite the Quad. The right queue is for Camra members, Left for paying public. You will be given  a wristband to put on so you can leave and come back in (current session only).
Glass rental is £2.50, you can either get a 2015 festival glass or rent a previous years festival glass.

The stage is at one end and the bars along the sides. The cider bar is at the opposite end to the stage. The food and other stuff is outside the marquee in front of the Darwin Suite.

Derby Summer Beer and Cider Festival 2015.

This year as with the previous 2 years there is a free Derby Beer Festival App, allowing you to rate and keep notes on your selected drinks.

Download a full program from here : Derby Summer Beer Festival 2015 (8Mb).

This years Derby Summer Beer Festival takes place in a large marquee in front of the Assembly rooms  :
Derby Assembly Rooms, venue for the Derby CAMRA summer beer festival.

Derby Market Place is near the Quad. Normally the summer beer festival takes place in the Assembly Rooms but this is currently closed for renovation so this year the festival is taking place in a large marquee on the Market Place as well as the Darwin Suite.

360 degree PhotoSphere:
Here is a 360 degree PhotoSphere I made 12 hours before the Beer Festival opened, It allows you to look all around and see where things are located :
Derby Beer Festival PhotoSphere. - Click the link to open the view.

Map Location for the Derby Summer Beer Festival :

View Derby CAMRA summer beer festival venue. in a larger map

A plan of the site:
Click to view full size.

Getting to the festival
Derby Beer and Cider festival is located on the Market Place, Follow signs for Derby Assembly rooms or The Quad or just look for the large marquee. There are normally yellow or green "beer festival this way" signs around the city, keep an eye out for those. Or use my smartphone map link to get walking route directions from your current location.

By Train
Derby Railway Station is about a 15 minute walk away from this beer festival. Use my smartphone link to get your walking route. Upon leaving the railway station you will need to turn right onto Railway Terrace, you will see the Waterfall pub in front of you (old Railway Institute building).
From outside The Waterfall you can catch one of many different bus services into Derby Bus Station such as 45, 40, 44, 73, 109, 702, Skylink, X52 These all stop at the bus station so plenty of choice.
There is also a new Derby Railway Station Shuttle Bus RL1 which operates between the front of Derby Rail Station on Railway Terrace (stop S1), and Derby Bus Station, from 6am to 9pm, Monday to Saturday. It runs every 15 minutes and it’s just £1 for a trip.

When you are coming back from the beer festival these same buses can be caught from the bus station and will drop you off at the new frontage at Derby Railway Station. So perfect if you are planning on using the train to get here.

By Bus
Derby Bus Station is conveniently located right in the centre of Derby and is just a couple of minutes walk to the beer festival. You can pretty much get a bus from here to anywhere as it's a major bus hub. The 40,44,45 and Skylink buses pick up and drop off between the Railway Station and the Bus Station.
Just turn right out of the bus station front entrance and walk into the city centre towards the roundabout with three small fountains in it then over that one towards the next roundabout with the large fountain in the centre, you will now be next to the Quad building and should see the large beer festival Marquee on the market place, This is Derby Beer Festival 2013 !

If you plan to make the most of the five day beer festival then you may want to stay in a hotel in Derby. Derby has lots of choice for hotels. If you are arriving in Derby by Train then Midland Road has several hotels to choose from, all literally less than 2 minutes walk from Derby Railway Station such as Hallmark Hotel (formerly known as the Midland Hotel)
Also just around the corner (On London Road) is The Stuart Hotel.
Just down Railway terrace past The Brunswick Ale house is The Alexandra Hotel which is a B&B and real ale house too.

From Derby railway station, walk across the footbridge to the Pride Park side of the station and you will find the Ramada Encore Derby on Locomotive Way and Express by Holiday Inn on Pride Parkway both just a few minutes stroll away.

If you prefer a hotel that is conveniently located in the City Centre so you can easily walk to the beer festival then you have a choice of hotels such as The Holiday Inn or Hilton Derby which are both located within the Riverlights Bus Station complex. The beer festival is just a 3 minute walk from here, You can't get any closer than that!
There is the Cathedral Quarter Hotel on St Mary's Gate if you want something a bit posh. A Jurys Inn hotel at the very top of Iron Gate which is about 5 minute walk to the beer festival.

If you are arriving by car and are not familiar with the layout of Derby then you may prefer a hotel that is located off a main road that is easy to find.
For example hotels located on Pride Park such as Travelodge Derby on Derwent Parade, Express by Holiday Inn on Pride Parkway or Premier Inn Derby East on Stanier way at The Wyvern. These hotels are all easy to find from the A52 and the Jurys Inns Derby Hotel on King Street.

Smartphone Map Location
Tap here for a Smartphone Drop Pin -- Tap this link on your iPhone.
View this webpage on your smartphone, When you tap the link above, it will launch Google Maps app and place a "push pin" onto the map with the exact location of the entrance to Derby summer beer festival. You can then use this marker to get driving, walking or bus directions from your current location.
For example on an iPhone 6 you tap the blue button at the bottom right and this will pre-fill in the start and end locations so just tap the Route button at the bottom and it will show you either the driving route or the walking route.

Its best to arrive by foot, there is plenty of parking outside for your Beer Scooter :)

Here are the opening times for the 2015 Deby beer festival.
  • Wed 8th July 6:30pm to 11pm
  • Thurs 9th July 11am to 11pm
  • Fri 10th July - 11am to 11pm
  • Sat 11th July - 11am to 11pm
  • Sun 12th July - 12pm to 2pm

Admission Prices for non-camra members :
  • Wed 6:30pm -11pm £3
  • Thur 11am - 5:30pm £2, 5.30pm onwards £5
  • Fri 11am - 5:30pm £2, 5.30pm onwards £6
  • Sat 11am - 5:30pm £3, 5.30pm onwards £6
  • Sun Free entry to all
Admission is completely free to CAMRA Members.

Beer and Cider list for 2015 (use the free app for an up to date list):

2015 Beer List.
2015 Cider List.

Here is a video of the opening night of the 2012 Derby Summer Beer Festival :

Live Entertainment at Derby Beer Festival 2015  :

Ripley Morris Men will be strutting their stuff in the musical breaks.
Ripley Morris Men video on Youtube.

9:30 pm The Ockbrook Big Band.




8pm AISTAGUCA (Baltic 7 Piece Gypsy)

9:30 pm HARRIET (Guitar and Vocals)




8pm MODERN AFFAIR (1960S/70s Rock)



SOUTHBOUND (Americana Country Rock)

1:30pm HOVERLA (Ukrainian Dance Troupe)


8pm UK CHICAGO BLUES (Blues Brothers Tribute)

9:30 pm 3 EYED FOX (Folk Rock)




By the way if you  are a cider lover and don't get a chance to goto Derby Beer and cider Festival then goto the JD Wetherspoons Cider Festival that runs at the same time as this festival and carries on for two weeks after !

Enjoy !


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