Beer Festivals in Cambridge

Cambridge locals and visitors love beers, and Cambridge offers more beer festivals for the fine beer palate.

Beer Festival, Cambridge – May

Cambridge Beer festival in May
Cambridge Beer festival in May – Jennie GirlGeek Photography

The Cambridge Beer Festival in May is the biggest beer fest in Cambridge, and the second biggest regional beer fest in the UK. In addition to the May beer festival, there are two smaller beer fests to keep the liquid bread celebrated all year round. So let’s see what you can expect during your Cambridge visit.

The venue of the festival can change, but in the last ten years or so Cambridge Beer Festival has been held in the huge green park called ‘Jesus Green’.

Cambridge Winter Ale Festival

Schedule your trip to Cambridge for late May to try a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, enjoy cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draught beers from around the world.

Cambridge Beer Festival Tent
Cambridge Beer Festival Tent – Asand Photography

In addition to the beers and other liquids drinks like Cider (traditional English apple wine with about 3% alcohol content), you can enjoy soft and solid cheeses at the Cheese Counter with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury meals.

See more details about the May beer festival at

The Winter Ale Festival in Cambridge is a beer festival held in late January at the University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge.

The winter ale festival not only features a range of local, national – and a couple of international bottled – beers (especially traditional winter beers) but locally produced ciders too.

Oktoberfest at The Cambridge Blue pub
Oktoberfest at The Cambridge Blue pub

Cambridge Octoberfest

The OctoberFest in Cambridge is nice little beer festival. If you couldn’t make it to the big Oktoberfest in Germany, you can still enjoy various beers at the ‘Octoberfest’ at the University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge (in October of course).

The smallish beer festival highlights mostly European beers and aims to have all the Munich Oktoberfest beers available.

If you are visiting Cambridge, and there is no beer festival on, you should not feel disappointed. Cambridge has several nice pubs where the range of beers available are well beyond what you would expect from a simple pub.

Some of the pubs in the city of Cambridge also sell their own home made beers, e.g. the Cambridge Blue by Mill Road (about 15 min walk from the city centre of Cambridge).

Cambridge Beer Festival
Cambridge Beer Festival – Howard Chalkley Photography

This pub is worth a detour if you want to taste good beers in a traditional setting. “Real Ale paradise” is their motto.

A traditional English Pub. We serve a large number of Real Ales from local and national micro-breweries. There is a wide selection of 100+ world beers to choose from, an extensive Whisky list and Real Ciders straight from the cask. In Winter there are two Real Fires lit to keep you warm and we have 2 English Beer Festivals in Feb and June and an Oktoberfest in October.
A large garden accommodates an extra 100+ people during the Summer.
We welcome children and dogs as long as they come with responsible adults

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