South Devon Camra SUNSHINE Beer & Cider Festival
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.
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.
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 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.
Drinks and Food
As well as huge choice of Real Ales and Real Ciders and Perries there will be;
Liaise Bistro will be operating a Gin Palace at the festival.
Also Fine Wines and soft drinks will be available.
Hot and Cold Food will be available throughout including popular Westaway's sausages.
There will be music from Manuka 2 on Friday evening.
Ady Byng's Pig Racing will take place on Saturday afternoon from 2.30.
Celt will play for us on Saturday evening.
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.
Dogs Sorry, no dogs allowed.