Welcome to the Huntingdonshire CAMRA website!

Introduction

This site will show you who the Huntingdonshire Branch of CAMRA are, what we do and how to join in our activities. Here you'll find details of the branch and our campaigning activities (About our Branch), how CAMRA started (History of CAMRA) and the geographical area we cover (Branch Area Map).

You can keep up to date on local pub and brewery news (Opening Times Magazine), read more about our LocAle scheme promoting locally brewed beers, and find details of local pubs that offer Discounts to CAMRA Members. Check out our branch diary for details of meetings and social events (Hunts Branch Diary), listings of local pubs (Local Pubs) and local breweries (Local Breweries) and information about our St Ives and St Neots beer festivals and other local beer festivals (Booze on the Ouse Festivals).

The Campaign for Real Ale is the pub-goers champion. We promote quality beers in great pubs and defend the rights of the drinker. If you drink beer or like pubs CAMRA is the place for you! If you want to carry on drinking good beer in great pubs join CAMRA and protect your pleasure. For an introduction to CAMRA, please Start Here. For more information on CAMRA nationally, check out the CAMRA website.

General Election 2017

Thank you to all who contacted their local candidates to let them know how important beer and pubs are to you. Thanks also to all of the candidates who supported our campaign in our local constituencies (Huntingdon, North West Cambridgeshire and South Cambridgeshire). Nationally, 773 candidates pledged support for beer and pubs. Of these, 130 were elected as MPs, which equates to approximately 20% of the House of Commons. You can download the list of elected MPs who supported CAMRA's pledges here.

To quote our National Chairman, Colin Valentine, "Our ongoing successes could not be achieved without CAMRA members taking action to secure the future of the beer and pubs industry for generations to come."

"Booze on the Ouse" Beer & Cider Festivals

The next festival will be the St Ives 'Booze on the Ouse' Festival from Thu 19 to Sat 21 Oct 2017

Put the dates in you diary now!

Our 2017 theme is the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1. This was the first artificial Earth satellite, launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit by the Soviet Union on 4 October 1957. It was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere (similar in size to a firkin of ale!), with four external radio antennae to broadcast radio pulses. To celebrate this, we will be looking to source some beers and ciders with out of this world names!

Please contact us at ku.gro.armac.stnuh@lavitsef if you have any questions about our festivals.

The St Ives 'Booze on the Ouse' Beer & Cider Festival will be held at the
Burgess Hall and the planned opening times are:
- Thu 19 Oct - Noon to 10:30 pm
- Fri 20 Oct - Noon to 10:30 pm
- Sat 21 Oct - Noon to 10 pm

We plan to order more than 70 real ales, plus around 20 ciders / perries

No advance sales - Tickets will be available on the door only
To reduce queues and improve service, a token system will again be used for all purchases at the bar (beer, cider, wine and snacks).

A £10 entry package will be offered. This covers the entry fee (£2 or £3 for non-CAMRA members only), a glass deposit (£3), with the remainder in tokens to spend at the bar. Extra tokens can also be purchased on entry

Entrance is free for CAMRA members at all times
So your £10 entry package includes the glass deposit and £7 of bar tokens!

Sponsor a Cask!
We will be inviting companies, pubs and individuals to sponsor a cask of beer (or a tub/box of cider). The cost of this starts at £30 per cask and you will receive 2 free entry tickets and £10 worth of beer tokens. Other packages are available for sponsorship of multiple casks.

If you sponsor a cask, you will be able to select which beer you would like to sponsor; this will be on a 'first come first served' basis from when the beer list is posted (ca. 4 weeks before the festival opens). Names of companies, pubs or individuals will be displayed at the entrance and above the product(s) they are sponsoring. You are also welcome to bring along advertising flyers etc. to put on the tables in the hall

Please contact ku.gro.armac.stnuh@lavitsef if you would like to sponsor a cask or if you have any questions about the festival.

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