The 2017 Festival will be on 15th July from 12 noon.
Tickets are available on the day at the Beer Festival – turn up and enjoy!
Hook Norton Festival of Fine Ales has, since its inception 22 years ago, raised in excess of £268,000 for national and local charities with the help of Hook Norton Brewery and generosity of many brewers from all parts of the UK who donate the beer free of charge.
Our principal Charity is Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research) which receives around half of what we raise. The money goes directly to support long term research work at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
The other half of monies raised is divided among the many worthy causes serving the village and the local area that provide much needed services to vulnerable and needy sections of our society.
To find out who we donate to, see the 2015 breakdown at http://www.hookybeerfest.co.uk/the-cause. To keep up-to-date with beer related news join our (low volume) mailing list. Find the beer festival here.
The entry pack for the festival, comprising a polycarbonate glass, tokens for two pints, a beer list and a pencil, is £10. A token gets you half a pint. If you are a cider drinker, (the cider bar is cash only) just get a glass when you come in (£6).
Camping update for 2017
Firstly, many thanks to all of you who attended and supported last year’s Festival, we have raised a significant amount for Bloodwise and local charities – see here later for details. We have had feedback from a number of people on the camping arrangements and also noticed a few things during the clear-up.
- The field used for motorhomes and vans was very bumpy and some had problems getting in and out;
- Some people lit fires and there was some broken glass which is dangerous for grazing livestock;
- One or two people had emptied their effluent into the Festival portaloos and that caused problems for the majority;
- Some people felt that the amount charged (£10 per tent and £20 per camper van/caravan) was too much;
- Some single campers felt it was unfair that they were paying £10, whilst groups in larger tents were also paying the same;
- Finally quite a few campers in tents felt we needed more control over spacing the tent pitches and control of noise.
For those that are regulars you will know the Festival has grown considerably from the early days down at The Pear Tree Inn. Way back then a handful of people camped in the paddock opposite – in 2016 we had hundreds.
It is becoming clear to us that we can’t do everything; we are after all, a Beer Festival, not a campsite. It appears that despite our best efforts we cannot provide a level of comfort and security that either we, as a committee, or you, as festival goers, find acceptable.
For these reasons, and somewhat reluctantly, we have decided that next year camping will be for tents only. We will ask campers to be considerate of their neighbours and leave a minimum distance between tents not in the same group. There will also be a quiet family area. We want to continue to encourage people with campers and caravans to attend the Festival and this will still be possible as there are 2 camping sites in the village within easy reach. Both accept camper vans and motor homes and offer loos, power and showers:
A shuttle-bus service will be run from these sites to and from the festival field.
The cost of camping at the festival (tents only) will be changed to £5 per person for the weekend.
We are also going to have to be more pro-active in managing the festival and ensure there are no fires or barbecues in the field or festival area. There will also be a ban on bringing your own alcohol on to the main site on the Saturday.
We know these changes will not please everyone, but we want to continue to operate a fun and safe event for everyone and continue to make this the biggest and best charity beer festival in the UK. So, in 2017 (Saturday 15th July by the way) it’s ‘Back to Basics’.