What’s On?

As well as the huge range of drinks on offer, we have plenty to keep you busy all afternoon and into the evening. Keep an eye on our socials and website for news about this year’s line-ups.

Beer Tastings

Beer experts will be running beer tastings throughout the week to help you learn more about the craft which goes into making Britain’s best beers. Tickets are on sale now!


We’ll have an exciting and varied range of street food and snacks, including veggie/vegan and gluten-free options. With dishes from all around the world, you can find the perfect food pairing to enjoy with your beer.


Test your skill on our collection of traditional pub games. Challenge your friends, or see if you have what it takes to become the festival’s high scorer!


As always, you can grab a beer and join us at our festival stage for some great live music, our line-up of bands will keep you entertained all afternoon and into the evening.

NEW! Discovery Zone

The Discovery Zone at the Great British Beer Festival is bringing together the most influential, highly regarded and emerging brewing talent in the country alongside two of the top brewing materials suppliers. Wherever you are on your drinkers’ journey, you can visit the Discovery Zone and interact with high-quality brewing ingredients and meet the brewers who will be on hand to guide you through relaxed, engaging and informative tastings exploring a range of topics such as dispense, diversity in brewing or simply showcasing treasured beers in new formats. 

6 August – Trade Session 12-5pm
Harvey’s Brewery. Miles Jenner: Head Brewer and Joint Managing Director. Master of the Brewers’ Company in London. Showcasing their Tin Lizzie Barley wine on (metal) keg 7.5% & Wharfe IPA 4.8% on Cask and Keg. 

Farams & Crisp Malt showcasing the best of British & international Hops and Malts. 

7 August – 12-7pm
The Queer Brewing Project, Founder, Freelance brewer & beer Writer Lily Waite. Showcasing The Queer Brewing Project X Northern Monk Collaboration: West Coast Routes 2.8% Lemon Radler on Cask and keg.

8 August – 12-7pm
Adnams. Head Brewer Fergus Fitzgerald showcasing Ghostship 4.5% cask and Ghost ship 0.5% (metal) keg.

9 August – 12-7pm
Hammerton Brewery. Head Brewer Charlotte Cook showcasing N1 American Pale Ale 4.1% on Cask and Keg, and Crunch Peanut Butter Milk Stout 5.4% Keg & Can. 

10 August – 12-7pm
Five Points’ Alana Lim showcasing Five Points Pale Ale 4.4% on Cask and Keg.

Shop & Book Signings

Take home something special: we’ll be hosting book signings by some of the most popular authors in beer writing at the official festival shop:



1-2pm Patrick O’Neill – Cellarmanship
3-4pm James Dowdeswell – The Pub Manifesto
4-5pm Jeff Evans – So You Want to be a Beer Expert?
5-6pm Bob Steel – CAMRA’s Peak District Pub Walks


1-2pm Jon Homer – City of London Pubs
2-3pm James Dowdeswell – The Pub Manifesto
3-4pm James Dowdeswell – The Pub Manifesto
4-5pm Des De Moor – London’s Best Beer Pubs and Bars


12-1pm Andy Parker – CAMRA’s Essential Home Brewing
1-2pm Bob Steel – CAMRA’s Peak District Pub Walks
2-3pm James Dowdeswell – The Pub Manifesto
3-4pm James Dowdeswell – The Pub Manifesto