BEER ON THE WYE XVI 10th - 12th July 2020

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What About You?

Herefordshire’s biggest beer and cider festival is set to return once again to the banks of the River Wye at the city’s rowing club over the weekend of the 10th to 12th July 2020.


Over 135 different beers (of every conceivable style, hue and strength) from the length of breath of the nation will feature on the main Beer Bar - a leviathan of barrels stretching for over 120 feet. Included is the ever-popular Herefordshire Brewers’ Bar sponsored this year by Ledbury Real Ales, where you can try some of the very best wares from our county brewers.

The team from the Hereford Beer House will be bringing their wealth of experience to the International beer bar this year, so look out for what will be an amazing selection of beers from across the world. There really is something for everyone – whatever your taste in beer.


To showcase Herefordshire’s cider heritage we aim to bring you over 130 different cider and perries to try again this year. A hundred of these are from Herefordshire producers with some excellent offerings from outside the county too.

Again we shall be hosting the prestigious CAMRA West Midlands Cider and Perry competition, winners of which will go through to the national stages.

People come from all over the UK (nay the world) to see (and try!) the largest selection of Herefordshire draught ciders and perries ever assembled under one roof. It all makes for a most impressive sight (and taste).


It is important that the beers, cider and perries and served in tip-top condition, so all of them are chilled.


This means your beer or cider is served in your glass just right every time for sitting on the grass and watching the waters on the river amble by.


With its wonderful laid-back atmosphere set in a riverside meadow in the historic heart of Hereford, Beer on the Wye has become a ‘must-do’ festival for many. People come from near and far. Last year over 6,000 people attended over the three days and drank between them over 21,000 pints – and this year we are expecting more people to drink more beer and cider! And we’re proud to boast that it’s always incident-free. It’s just a great event in a fabulous location.


Again there will be an extensive choice of sensibly-priced hot and cold food to help proceedings along. Besides staples such as fish and chips, pizza and a griddle, there will be a hog roast, pies, pasties and Pierogis. Food is available at all times and includes a number of vegetarian options. There is a hot breakfast service provided on the Saturday and Sunday for those camping.


We’re proud that Beer on the Wye is a family-friendly event. It’s always trouble-free and we are happy to admit accompanied, well-behaved children up to 6pm. However, the best time for families is without doubt our popular Family Fun Day on the Sunday.

Run by our festival charity, HOPE Support Services, The Family Fun Day runs from 12noon until 5pm and admission is only £2; accompanied kids for free. Parents can relax and enjoy some of the many beers, ciders and perries at a discounted price, whilst the little ones get to enjoy the bags full of entertainment and activities laid on for them. 

Activities include a children’s entertainment, face-painting and many other fun activities with some acoustic music to complete the picture. There is festival fruit punch, soft drinks, crisps, ice-cream and a sweetie van on site.


Whether you want to come for the whole weekend or just want somewhere nearby to crash out, the good news is that there is the Festival Village next door to the main festival site where camping is operated by Hereford Rowing Club. It has a laid-back atmosphere all of its own – why not make a weekend of it? Many do!

​Suitable for tents and caravans, facilities include access to washrooms, showers and toilets 24/7. There’s even a hot breakfast service provided on-site on the Saturday and Sunday mornings from 9am if you can’t be bothered to make your own.

The festival village camping area is operated independently from Beer on the Wye by Hereford Rowing Club (HRC), who manage it and are responsible for the facilities provided. If you have any enquiries about the campsite or require more information, please contact the HRC on 01432 273915 or via:

Camping Charges:

Campers - £8.00 per person per day (charge includes parking)

Non Campers - £5.00 parking per day which is valid until 10.00am the following day or £3 for 2 hours



Well-behaved children are welcome, but are only admitted on the basis that they are accompanied and supervised AT ALL TIMES by a paying adult, and last admission is 6pm. 

Children are not permitted on site after 9pm on the Friday and Saturday.


If you have younger children, then we recommend attending on the Sunday afternoon (see the Family Fun Day details above).


Well behaved dogs are allowed on the festival site & camping area providing they are kept on a lead at all times.


Alcoholic drinks will not be sold to those aged under 18. You may be asked to provide proof of age on the door and/or at the bar if you look young enough to be under 25 (Challenge 25).

Herefordshire CAMRA reserves the right of admission at all times. Beer on the Wye is always a trouble-free event, but should any person(s) misbehave, such that they cause a problem for staff or affect the enjoyment of others, then they will be requested to leave by our professional security personnel.

Before you can buy any alcoholic drink at the festival, you will need a commemorative festival glass: these come in halves and pints (both marked with third measures) and cost just £3 on the door. Should you not wish to keep your glass as a memento, you can return it for a refund as you leave the festival. Whilst you are welcome to bring your own food and snacks, only alcoholic drinks PURCHASED AT THE BEER ON THE WYE may be consumed at the festival.

Beer on the Wye XVI is organised and run by HEREFORDSHIRE CAMRA


Hereford has a variety of fantastic accommodation available from B&B's, Hotels, Glamping, Self Catering, Guest Houses & Group Accommodation. Please check out the following websites:

Opening Times & Admission

Friday 10th July 2020 
2.00pm - 11.00pm £4

**CAMRA Members admitted from Noon

with valid membership card**

Saturday 11th July 2020
Noon - 11.00pm £6

Sunday 12th July 2020
Noon - 5.00pm £2

Festival entry packages

available on the day

Cash or Contactless

payments accepted

Hereford Rowing Club, Greyfriars Avenue, Hereford. HR4 0BE

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