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Leicester Beer Festival 2020

Leicester Beer Festival from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th February 2020 at the Haymarket Theatre, right in the heart of the city centre.

The Haymarket Theatre is a well known city centre landmark building but if you need a map, click here. Access is available via the staircase on Belgrave Gate or via the lifts in the middle of the Haymarket Shopping Centre.

Opening Hours & Admission Prices
Wednesday 26th February 5pm to 11pm
Thursday 27th February 11am to 11pm
Friday 28th February 11am to 11pm
Saturday 29th February 11am to 10pm
(last admission 1 hours before closing)

Admission = £5.00 (CAMRA members £2.00)
* free admission after 5pm to all on Sat  

There is no need for advance tickets, although they are available from the Haymarket Theatre website including a special £20.20 gift package option, which makes an ideal present or just treat yourself. This is our best value package and CAMRA members receive an extra £3 of beer vouchers.
In the event of a queuing system for admissions, ticket holders would be fast tracked. To speed entry, an on the door package for £15 includes admission plus a special festival glass and £7 of beer tokens (CAMRA members receive an extra £3 of beer tokens). Glass and unused tokens are fully refundable.

Cash and card transactions/contactless accepted at the door and token purchase points. Accompanied children are allowed in the festival until 7pm, although they should not approach the bars.  Sorry, no dogs are allowed apart from recognised assistance dogs.

Our Ales & Ciders

Leicester Beer Festival is one of the major events in the beer lovers calendar and is renowned for our range of over 200 real ales served straight from the cask or key-keg.  We also have a choice of 40 real ciders and perries. 

Our main Festival supporter is Everards of Leicestershire, who return with their pop up bar, serving their much loved Tiger copper ale alongside a selection of their other beers including Golden Hop, a zesty and refreshing ale with a bold hop flavour and Tighthead, a rugby inspired ruby beer, with delicious roasted and caramel flavours.



lso back this year will be the popular Travelling Juniper Berries speciality Gin and Prosecco bar, provided by our friends at the Black Horse in Aylestone, featuring around 30 gins, many from local independent producers. 



Festival Theme & Glass

Our theme this year is "20/20 Vision" to mark the new decade. Use your 20/20 vision to seek out your perfect pint!

The festival glass will feature our commemorative logo, shown left, and will be available in half pint tankards marked at 1/3 and 1/2 pint measures, and pints straight glasses lined at 1/3, 1/2 and 1 pint, which will be priced at £3.00.  This is refundable when you have finished as long as the glass is not damaged.  They do make great souvenirs to take home though! You can also bring your own glass to use but it must be government or CE stamped and must be lined. 

Festival Special Brews

We are arranging some interestingly named one-off brews with our local breweries in connection with our 20/20 Vision theme.  We don't have beers that have been re-badged or renamed for our festival, so all of our festival specials are genuine first time brews.  



LocAle Bar

Leicester Beer Festival supports our local breweries. Our dedicated LocAle bar features beers many East Midlands breweries, all in one handy place!.

Festival Food
Our food stall will see the return of the popular scotch eggs from last year and will also feature sausage rolls and local pork pies. Other snacks will be available. The curry stall will have related snacks available and a street food twist.

We hope to host Leicester Morrismen on the Wednesday evening and Anstey Morrismen on Saturday to entertain and you may even get the opportunity to join in!

Join CAMRA at the Beer Festival

If you are not already a member, you can always join CAMRA at the festival.  As well as a package of benefits in joining the biggest consumer group in Europe, we will also give you some free beer !



Our Beer Festival Programme will be read by over 4000 people.  We offer reasonable advertising rates, particularly to breweries and publicans, so contact us if you would like to publicise your business.  Please display our festival poster at your local pub or workplace.

We need a hand - be a Festival Maker !

We cannot run the beer festival without the help of an army of over 100 volunteers across the duration of the event.  We start on the previous weekend, preparing for and receiving deliveries, over 200 casks! We also need to build the bars and stillage to then enable us to get the beers ready to serve. Once we open on the Wednesday we need volunteers to serve beer & cider to customers, together with a whole host of other jobs that need doing.

It's a fun experience and you'll meet great people, do new things, and adds to your CV. Plus we reward you with beer tokens and food. We will give you a Health and Safety briefing and training is given if required.  We have loads of jobs that need doing, so if you don't fancy working behind a bar we can find something for you such as glasses, admissions, food etc.    


***update 25/02/20, online staffing has now closed as we are fully staffed for all sessions - Thank you to those who have volunteered***


Our festival charities
Leicester Beer Festival is working with two local charities who are fundraising during the event.  LOROS is a Leicester hospice providing highly regarded end of life care.  Vista has been working with people with sight loss and their families for over 160 years and will be offering sight screening at the festival, together with some fun sight challenges.



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Many thanks to our main festival sponsor