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Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

37th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

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The 2014 Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival will run until the 13th July on the Market Place, Derby. The theme for this years festival is 50 years of Derby Mountain Rescue - we hope you will agree this is a very worthy cause. We are showcasing, where it has been possible, at least one beer from every Derbyshire brewery and giving special attention to the breweries located within the City of Derby.

Wednesday 9th July our deputy Mayor stands with the Beer King outside the entrance of the festival, beer in hand, to open the 37th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival.


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The festival will take place in a marquee in the heart of the city (Derby Market Place). There will be outdoor seating to enjoy the summer sunshine and food will be available.

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Ale Trail

Once again we are holding an Ale Trail leading up to the festival. The trail includes 22 pubs across Derby City Centre and the locality. This year we have combined the trail with the Mild In May promotion. This means that the trail will start in May and run through to the Summer Beer Festival. A separate article explaining the trail is posted on this website, where trail cards can be downloaded. Anyone completing more than ten different pubs will receive free entry to one session of the Summer Beer Festival. In addition people can claim up to 4 free pints at the festival depending on how many pubs they have visited.

Opening Times and Entry Prices

Wed 9th July 18:30 to 23:00, £3 entry;

Thur 10th July 11:00 to 23:00, £1 before 17:30, £5 after;

Fri 11th July 11:00 to 23:00, £2 before 17:30, £6 after;

Sat 12th July 11:00 to 23:00, £3 before 17:30, £6 after;

Sun 13th July 12:00 to 14:00, free to all.

CAMRA members free to all session when showing a valid membership card. Under 26s half price to all sessions on proof of age. Over 60s free before 17:30 on proof of age.

Advanced Tickets

Advance tickets are now on sale through the Derby Live website. Holders of advanced tickets will be allowed fasttrack entry before 8pm, avoiding those frustrating queues.



Wednesday: Main act from our twin city of Osnabrück is NowWay2Norway supported by and The Heron Brothers

Thursday: Lunch time is Martin Atterbury (Theatre Organ) and The Ripley Morris Men providing some fringe entertainment. Evening session is headlned by Willie & The Bandits supported by Weathered Eye

Friday: Lunch time is Brookside Jazz Band. Evening session is headlined by The Wam Bam Band and supported by The Dark Horses .

Saturday: Lunch time is 3 Eyed Fox withfringe entertainment provided by Sheffield Steel Rapper and Black Pig Border Morris Evening Session is headlined by Ferocious Dog and supported by The Lauren Strange Quartet

Sunday: Blues Town



As with all CAMRA Beer Festivals, the Derby Summer Beer Festival is staffed entirely by volunteers who come along to promote real ale in the City of Derby. We are always looking for willing hands, so no matter what skills or time you can offer we will always be grateful. If you wish to come along and help please follow the link below to our staffing form.


Presentation of Cheque for the Mayors Charities

On the 11th March 2014 we presented the Mayor of Derby, Fareed Hussain, with a cheque for his charities from the proceeds of the 36th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival. So on behalf of the Mayor and his charities thankyou to all who came and drank, ate and were merry. Of course thanks to all the hard working CAMRA volunteers.


For further information contact the Chairman, Russ Gilbert  on 07909 967142 or email


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