South Devon Camra SUNSHINE Beer & Cider Festival

Hello Everyone

We will be holding our Beer and Cider Festival starting at 5pm on Thursday, 26th July, at Newton Abbot Rugby Club (Rackerhayes). Please click the link to view a map or click for up to date information on the Beer Festival Facebook page and scroll down to see what will be on offer including our list of 73 real ales.

It's been a long time since South Devon CAMRA had it's last Beer Festival – 2012, but we are celebrating 25 years since the first one at St John's Ambulance Hall, East Street, Newton Abbot. We hope to have some beers from that era at this years festival.

A lot has changed since then. There has been an increase in beer festivals in recent years, especially locally with festivals supporting charities. There have been many changes in the way festivals are marketed with very powerful social media, i.e., when this year's festival was first advertised on Newton Abbot Rugby Club's Facebook pages, it had over 4000 hits in one day and at the time of writing, up to 6000 hits. So, in conclusion, things are always changing. Therefore, this festival must be 'a festival with a difference'. As Festival Organiser, I am responsible for implementing the correct changes to bring it into the modern world we live in and to also make it a festival to attract everyone – families, younger people and people of all backgrounds to attend and enjoy.

I am backed by a management team of 10 branch members for whom I am extremely grateful for volunteering to help so far. Most of them were helping to find a venue since November last year, during the early days of planning.

Again, this festival is about attracting new people to have a different view of CAMRA but still promote CAMRA's core values.

We hope you all have a good time and we look forward to meeting existing and new friends.

Many thanks to all who come to the festival, all the volunteers who work at the festival and all of OUR BEER FESTIVAL SPONSORS who have helped to make this possible.



We will have a fabulous choice of ales. We have 73 at the last count. Click for the SOUTH DEVON CAMRA SUNSHINE FESTIVAL BEER LIST.

We have 16 Ciders and Perries to choose from listed here SUNSHINE FESTIVAL CIDER & PERRIES

As well as huge choice of Real Ales and Real Ciders and Perries there also will be;

A Gin Palace operated by Liaise Bistro at the festival.

A selection of Fine Wines and soft drinks will be available.



Our official opening will take place at 7pm on Thursday with EXETER CHIEFS RUGBY PLAYERS.

There will be music from MANUKA 2 on Friday evening.

The hilarious ADY BYNG’S GAME SHOW ROAD SHOW ‘PIG RACING will take place on Saturday afternoon from 2.30.

CELT will play for us on Saturday evening.

MEET THE BREWER sessions will take place throughout the event.


Hot and Cold Food from Local Suppliers will be available throughout including Burgers and popular Westaway's sausages from the Rugby Club's own on-site caterers, and a varied menu of Pizzas, Wraps, Thai Food, a huge variety of speciality Pies and Ice creams from LOCAL POPULAR OUTSIDE CATERERS.

Click here for the Beer Festival Floor Plan

Admission Charges

£10 Entry includes Glass, Tokens and Programme (Glass Non-refundable)

£8 for CAMRA, NUS and NARFC members

Under 18's free but must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

How to get there


Take a bus to the Pottery Road bus stop. Newton Abbot Rugby Club (Rackerhayes), Newton Rd, Kingsteignton, Newton Abbot TQ12 3AD, is found through Rydon Industrial Estate, behind the Fairway Furniture store. The turning into Rydon Industrial Estate is directly opposite Matalan. If you are coming from the town centre get off the bus at the stop just past Tesco's main entrance and continue walking in the same direction to reach the turning by Fairway.

The following buses take you there;

2 - Exeter City Centre - Exminster - Dawlish - Teignmouth - Newton Abbot (Stagecoach South West)

179 - Newton Abbot - Moorland Reach - Newton Abbot (Country Bus)

182 - Newton Abbot - Kingsteignton - Chudleigh (Country Bus)

184 - Newton Abbot-Teignmouth (Dartline Coaches)

X64 - Exeter - Newton Abbot - Totnes (Stagecoach South West)


There will be a free shuttlebus operating between Newton Abbot Railway Station and the beer festival.

Pick up and drop-off will be outside The Railway Brew House adjacent to the station.

The shuttle bus will operate all day on Friday and Saturday (not Thursday) from around 10:30am until late. The times will be confirmed on this website closer to the day.


There will be ample car parking spaces available.


There will be camping facilities on offer for the duration of the festival. This will be run by the Rugby Club at a cost of £10 per pitch per night. They are ready to take bookings so please contact Simon Cleghorn on 01626 354150.

There is a Premier Inn just across the road from the festival site.

The boring bits

Please note entrance is payable by cash only.

There will a Challenge 25 policy so please bring along your ID.

CAMRA members must show their CAMRA membership card to get their discount. NUS and NURFC members ditto.

Please do not bring alcohol into the festival.

Dogs Sorry, no dogs allowed.