Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions.
What’s at the festival?
We aim to provide more than 120 different real ales alongside 50 or so different craft ciders and perries. We also put on entertainment at each session, a selection of hot and cold food, and a good time. Although we do manage our stocks with a view to having a good selection of top labels each day, the beer and cider choice is subject to availability and will inevitably become more limited as the weekend goes on.
Where is the festival?
At the Brangwyn Hall in the Guildhall on St Helen’s Road, Swansea, SA1 4PE.
See this year’s festival hall layout here
Directions to the Brangwyn Hall are here
What are the opening hours?
The festival is open at the following times:
Thursday 23rd August 17.00 – 23.00
Friday 24th August 12.00 – 23.00
Saturday 25th August 12.00 – 23.00
Please note that the last admission is 10pm every evening.
There is no parking at the festival but there is on-street parking around the venue and a small pay and display car park on St Helen’s Road opposite its junction with Francis Street.
There is a bus stop just down the road, outside the Crown Court. Find out about route numbers and bus times here
Are dogs allowed?
The venue is a council property and their policy is not to allow dogs into the Brangwyn Hall except working guide dogs.
Are children allowed?
This is an over-18 event so no children are allowed.
Is there disabled access?
There is a lift at the right hand side of the main entry steps. The lift will always be open for an event. However should someone need help, this will need to be organised prior to the event, by ringing the office 01792 635428. More information about disabled facilities is available here
What are the admission charges?
Admission is £5 for non CAMRA members and £3 for CAMRA members. The price of admission includes a programme and a souvenir half pint glass. To save time and queues we also sell the first £5 worth of tokens with the admission tickets so have £10 or £8 ready at the door. More tokens are available inside the hall at the token stall. We do not take any cards – cash only! Please be aware that there is no cash machine inside the hall.
Can I buy beer and cider with cash?
No cash is accepted at the bar – we only accept tokens from the token stall. When you need more tokens visit the token stall in the main hall to buy some more. If you have tokens left over when you leave you may be able to redeem whole sheets (£2.50) before 22.30 or if you just have a few tokens left there is a box near the token stall where you can donate any excess to the nominated festival charity (to be decided closer to the festival). Please see the programme for precise details.
How much is a drink?
Visitors in previous years will know that we keep prices as reasonable as possible. Beers will be priced individually to reflect their strength (ABV). Beer and ciders are sold in half pints at a range of prices from around £1.50 per half pint. Stronger beers and ciders will cost more.
Will I be able to buy food at the festival?
Yes, there will be a good variety of different hot and cold foods at the festival – see the programme and noticeboards for details. The caterers accept cash, but do not accept beer tokens.
What events/entertainment will there be?
There will be a varied programme of live music and entertainment on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the festival.
No smoking or use of e-cigarettes and related products are allowed in the building. A pass is available at the exit so that smokers can go outside for a smoke and return (see below).
Can I get a pass out and return on the same day?
Yes – re-entry will be allowed with a wristband. If you leave the festival for a break you MUST ask a steward for a wristband and present it for re-entry. No wristband, no re-entry.
Can I buy tickets in advance?
We do not offer advance tickets, just pay on the door when you arrive.
Where can I get more information about the festival?
Check back here for updates. On entry you will get a programme where you will find a full list of the beers, ciders and perries along with a plan of the hall and details of the entertainment, food and events. We will also have notice boards around the hall with all the latest information.
Can I talk to someone about CAMRA at the festival? Can I join at the festival?
Yes you can. Come along to our membership stand, inside the main hall near the token stall and talk to one of our friendly volunteers. If you join CAMRA at the festival you will get all the benefits of CAMRA membership plus some festival bonuses.
Are you on twitter?
Yes, the local CAMRA Branch has a twitter feed – click here
(FAQ compiled by Steve and Paula Smart)