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28th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival 2018


The 28th Sussex Beer & Cider Festival will be at Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ from Thursday 22 to Saturday 24 March 2018. To show case the 60 breweries in the county we are pleased to reinstate the ever popular Sussex Bar. A variety of food will also be on sale, including vegetarian, vegan options and soft drinks.

This year, all the beer will be cooled throughout the festival. This means that it should be in the same excellent condition on the Saturday evening as it is when we open on Thursday.

Opening times and prices

  • Thursday 5.00pm – 10.00pm (£5)
  • Friday 11.00am – 3.00pm (£6)
  • 5.00pm – 10.00pm (£8)
  • Saturday11.00am – 7.00pm* (£5)
  • 3.30pm – 8.00pm* (£2.50 **)

(**on door only & with NUS card) *or until the beer runs out

If you are lucky enough to look under 25 years old, please bring photo ID and note that you must be over 18 to gain admission. A minimum of 50 tickets for each session will be available on the door, 20 minutes after the start of each session. So those who buy their tickets in advance will enter the venue first. The ticket price includes a souvenir glass and programme. Card-carrying CAMRA members can also obtain beer tokens for two half pints at the CAMRA membership stand. If you join CAMRA on the day, you will also receive £2 beer tokens and a copy of the Good Beer Guide. Please bear in mind that the popular beers sell very quickly, and, as it takes at least 48 hours for beers to settle, cannot be replaced.

Advance tickets

Advance tickets will be available from Monday 22 January to Friday 16 March from the following outlets: Evening Star, Brighton; Gardener’s Arms, Brewers Arms Lewes; Duke of Wellington, Shoreham-by-Sea; Selden Arms, Worthing; and Beer Essentials, Horsham; Eagle,Eastbourne;Tower,St.Leonards.For postal sales,please state which session(s) you require and enclose a 9×4 SAE with your cheque, made payable to “Sussex CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival” and send to SBB&CF Ticket Sales, 16 Connell Drive, Woodingdean, Brighton, BN2 6RT. No refunds will be processed after the 14 March 2017.

All bars will operate a token system. Token refunds will be given for whole £’s only and before ‘time’ is called at the bar. Surplus tokens may be deposited in the charity box and will be passed on to our Festival Charity, Sussex Heart. The number 2 and 22 buses pass the venue and there will be a shuttle bus to and from Brighton train station at Bus Stop D, in Queens Road. The venue is fully wheelchair accessible.

For more information, see the festival website www.sussexbeerfestival.co.uk.

If you would like to volunteer to work at the festival and have not done so in the past, please see the website. All enquiries to: camrahove@btinternet.com or 07450 656148. Twitter @SussexBeerFest