York Beer Festival

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

York Beer & Cider Festival - Supporting York pubs and Locale breweries

PROVISIONAL DATES FOR 2024 are Wednesday 18 September to Saturday 21 September 2024

Please note some provisional information below and why not reserve the dates in your diary.

We expect to serve over 160 different beers from a large selection of breweries. We will again be serving Yorkshire breweries, particularly those within 25 miles of York. These will be complemented by a wide range of the best ales and kegs from around the UK together with around 30 ciders plus a range of wine and mead.

How would YOU like to SPONSOR or provide CATERING for our festival - click the links to the left for more information.

Below is some of the information from 2023 and we will update this page as we progress. Thanks to the volunteers who helped with setup, open and takedown plus our visitors - all of whom made it a more intimate and enjoyable festival.

Got a question? Check out our FAQs. If you're still puzzled then get in touch at Facebook or Twitter


St Lawrence Church, Lawrence Street, York YO10 3WP

Just south of Walmgate Bar and close to the Rook and Gaskill and Waggon and Horses pubs

See location on Google Maps click here

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WHEN IN 2024

September 18th - 21th 2024

Wednesday 18 Preview day:
A bargain when you come early!
Today only there are no session tickets - once in you can stay through as you wish.

Trade preview (by invitation only) 1pm - 3pm
CAMRA members preview 3pm - 5pm
Public preview from 5pm

Thursday 19 - Saturday 21
12pm - 11pm

There will be two sessions per day - afternoon (12:00 - 17:30) and evening (17:30 - 23:00) plus a day ticket (12:00 - 23:00) available. We are not closing between sessions though we will ask afternoon session ticket holders to leave or buy a discounted extension ticket

How to pay on site

Card or contactless payments are our payment method for all areas - bars, food, membership and tombola.


Public session/day tickets:

  • Wed 18 £4 all day
  • Thu 19 £5/8
  • Fri 20 £8/12
  • Sat 21 £8/12

CAMRA members will receive a £2 discount for the session ticket or £3 for all day tickets validated by producing your membership card at entrance.

2023 Souvenir Goblets were £3 non-refundable. For 2024 we will have souvenir pint glasses.

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The cask beer bars will be between the pillars and outside walls of the church with keg and European beers across at the end of the nave. Cider and wine will be in the church for 2024.

We'll be removing most of the pews and there will be some seating in the church during the festival. There will be additional seating in the marquee and church hall (when not used for tasting and education sessions)


Have a look at our Site Transformation Progress page to view how the festival was set up for 2023.

NEW FOR 2024: We are planning an updated fringe programme and educational sessions in the church hall. This was our Festival Fringe 2023

See our Festival Facebook or Twitter pages for latest updates and, from the second week of September, as we set up the festival.

How to get to the festival: It’s about a 20 minute walk from the rail station and served by buses #10 Stamford Bridge (Stop RL), #67 University (Stop RJ) and 747/X46/47 Pocklington/Hull (Stop RC). Alight south of Walmgate Bar by the Waggon and Horses and cross road by traffic lights. York bus timetables

Where you are interested in sponsoring our festival eg for t-shirts, beer mats, glasses, banners, flyers or casks please message ku.gro.armac.lavitsefreebkroy@pihsrosnops to progress.

Volunteering - We will again need help from volunteers in a range of roles for set up, open and takedown. Watch this space for more information .