Canterbury Beer Festival 2014

Real Ale And Organic Cider In East Kent

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The 2013 Event

The 2013 Beer Festival will take place over the weekend of the 18th to the 20th of July. Usually a three day event, it is one of the longest standing official Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Festivals in England. The event is run and staffed by local members of the organisation. Unofficially the Festival in known as 'Beer in the Barn' because it is held in a large agricultural building on Merton Farm. We'll be publishing more details during 2013.

Kent has one of the richest brewing traditions of any county in England, its connection with hops is the stuff of legend, Kent is still the home to many breweries. Most (if not all) of the current local brewers are normally present and hold pride of place on the left hand side of the barn.

In common with other similar events real cider and a wide range of bottled beer are also sold. Capacity is limited and the most popular brews are likely to sell out.

The venue is a working farm so the facilities may seem rudimentary although there is basic seating and toilets. It can get a little muddy at the entrance to the barn if it's wet so think about your footwear! There is no smoking inside the building and first aid on site.

The sale of beer and cider is run through a token system, you buy any non-alcoholic drink and food with cash. You can purchase tokens for the beer and cider and get a glass at the start of the evening.


There is normally a great programme of entertainment across the whole three days, with a few activities and something for a family audience during the day. 2012's eclectic offerings included:

The Chillbillies - Modern Pintathlon - Standard Five - Impressions - Stringendo - Juggle It All - Strait Eight - Wantsum Morris Men - Jeff Barker Band - Coco and the Butterfields - Canterbury Archers.

Location & Contact

Merton Farm is a few miles outside of the town if you're driving to the event, it will be sign posted from the City centre and there's free on site parking.

There’s a free bus between the bus station and Merton Farm through the event, the shuttle departs every 20 minutes or so.

The Kent Beer Festival Organiser is Gill Keay

  • Merton Farm, Off Nackington Lane, Canterbury, Kent, CT4 7BA
  • 01227 463478

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