St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2016

28th September – 1st October, Alban Arena, St Albans, AL1 3LD

The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town in from 28th September to 1st October 2016. Information on the 2016 festival can be found by subscribing to our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Opening Times & Admission Prices

Wednesday 28th September - Friday 30th September 11.00am - 11.00pm
£3.00 (CAMRA members free)

Saturday 1st October 11.00am - 11.00pm
£5.00 (CAMRA members free)

Entry to CAMRA members is free at all times

Please note no advance tickets for any session and that Alban Arena policy stipulates that no one under the age of 18 can be allowed in the bar areas at any time or anywhere on the premises after 5.00pm.

Coming in a group of 10 or more? Check out our packages for Corporate & Organised Parties.

Roman figure holding beer

Live Music

Thursday evening - The Zipheads

Saturday lunchtime - Bagatelle String Quartet

Saturday evening - Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band

Two Roman figures dancing with beer

Staffing Volunteers

The success of the St Albans Beer & Cider Festival is reliant on a committed team of volunteers.

There are a wide range of duties such as setting up, serving at the bars, selling beer tokens, maintaining the quality of the beer, where your skills and talent could prove invaluable. In return for your commitment you will receive complementary beer and food and moreover become part of a great team!

This year we'll also be offering all staff, who work at least two sessions, a free exclusive St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2016 Staff T-Shirt donated by Ye Olde Fighting Cocks and Farr Brew.

To guarantee your shirt size you'll need to sign up ASAP and select your size.

What's more, wear the shirt after the Festival to Ye Olde Fighting Cocks, St Albans, and whilst wearing the shirt you'll be charged no more than £3.00 for your pint of Farr Brew Black Listed IBA cask ale right up to and including 31/12/2016.*

* Terms and conditions apply; This offer is subject to availability, if Farr Brew Black Listed IBA is not available another Farr Brew cask ale or alternative at the discretion of the management of Ye Olde Fighting Cocks may be offered.

Roman figure sitting on a barrel holding beer

Location & Travel

The Festival is situated in the Alban Arena, just off St Peters Street in the heart of the City. Go here for a map to find the Alban Arena and travel information.

St Albans is easily reached on the Thameslink Railway and there are plenty of local buses for those travelling cross county or from the railway station to the Arena itself. London Midland services also run frequently 7 days a week between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction.


You're bound to want to stay more than a few of hours at the Beer Festival so why not chose to stay a few days instead? There are many different types of accommodation available to suit all pockets.

A list of the type of accommodation available can be found at and of course it's always worth checking out the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for pubs in and around the city that provide bed and breakfast.


For all other information requests please e-mail us. Please note we may not be able to respond to requests for information during the week of the festival.

Future Festival Dates

27th to 30th September 2017

26th to 29th September 2018

25th to 28th September 2019