Festival Programme

There are a lots of events throughout the Festival period with many themed sessions to add interest and colour! We’ll continue to add events and performers as the Festival draws closer. Below is a taste of what’s to come …..

WEDNESDAY

12:00 FESTIVAL OPENS

Be the first through the door to get your favourite beer before it’s gone and sample our unprecedented range of beers and ciders! Click here

14:00 We showcase the festival to the licenced trade; Brewers, Producers, Publicans, Landlords and Landladies, suppliers to the Licenced Trade and anyone who works within it are welcome to join us for the afternoon. To obtain a ‘Trade invite’ click here
15:00 Festival welcome and Official Festival Opening.
17:30 Evening session – Tonight we pay tribute to our ARMED FORCES AND EMERGENCY SERVICES. FREE ADMISSION for Warrant or I.D. holding Forces (UK & USAF) and Emergency Services employees and Blue Light cardholders.
19:30 ‘FOLK AT THE FESTIVAL’ on our Charter Square sound stage in conjunction with THE BURY FOLK FESTIVAL who perform tonight. FREE ADMISSION FOR FOLK FESTIVAL TICKET HOLDERS TONIGHT!. click here
22:00 Last admission
23:00 BARS CLOSE

THURSDAY

12:00 FESTIVAL OPENS
We’ll be restocking our bars throughout the Festival so there’ll still be a full range of beers and ciders to enjoy today! Use our on-line beer and cider checker to see what’s available now. click here

The sound stage is available throughout the lunch-time period for amateur local performers to showcase their talents – buskers, musicians, choirs and entertainers of any genre are welcome. If you would like to perform and help raise money for our charities contact us here.

17:30 Evening session – Tonight is ‘Ladies night’; reduced price Gin, Pimms & Prosecco until the bars close!
17:30 OFFICE PARTIES are welcome! Maybe a ‘Leaving Do’ or an impromptu night out with your colleagues we’ll make you all the more welcome with a 4 FOR 3 deal on admission until 18:30. Why not add a bit of fun to your evening and come in fancy dress?
19:30 It’s ‘BARDFEST PREVIEW’ night on the sound stage in Charter Square; come and listen to some of our aspiring local acts who’ve been chosen to play as a supporting act at this summer’s BARDFEST MUSIC FESTIVAL’. FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL BARDFEST TICKET HOLDERS TONIGHT! Click here
22:00 Last Admission
23:00 BARS CLOSE

FRIDAY

12:00 FESTIVAL OPENS 

We’ll be restocking our bars throughout the Festival so there’ll still be a full range of beers and ciders to enjoy today! Use our on-line beer and cider checker to see what’s available now. click here

The sound stage is available throughout the lunch-time period for amateur local performers to showcase their talents – buskers, musicians, choirs and entertainers of any genre are welcome. If you would like to perform and help raise money for our charities contact us here.

17:30 Evening session – Friday night is always our most popular session and this year will be no exception! Partying and dancing in Charter Square, acoustic entertainment in the ‘Top Shelf’ lounge and all the traditional beer festival attractions – with a twist - in The Apex! Buy on line to beat the queues and guarantee admission. Click here.
17:30 We kick off the early evening entertainment with a choral repertoire provided by the senior troupe from the local Stagecoach drama school.
18:45 Traditional beer festival accompaniment - Early evening entertainment will include local singer, composer, songwriter and musician Ben Smith and other local entertainers – details to be announced.
20:00 Tonight our FREE headline entertainment on the Charter Square sound stage is ‘THE SOUL COMMITMENTS’ – a popular seven piece local group who will entertain with a mix of Soul and 60’s, 70’s and 80’s hits including some of the most popular party numbers – so come on down and dance the evening away. (Band plays until 22:30).
21:00 While the headline act takes their break Ben Smith will be providing entertainment in The Apex ‘Top Shelf’ lounge.
22:00 Last admission
22.30 Ben Smith rounds off our evening entertainment in the ‘Top Shelf’ Lounge.
23:00 BARS CLOSE

SATURDAY

11:30 FESTIVAL OPENS

An earlier opening provides the opportunity to make the most of our final session. Our cellar staff will have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure the largest possible selection of real ale and ciders remain available for your enjoyment. Click here

Today we also welcome our American friends from near-by air bases and the local community and any other visitors too. Come along dressed in red, white and blue to help create a unique Anglo-American beer festival experience.

12:00 The Charter Square sound stage is again available for Community entertainment. Details to be confirmed.
14:00 THIS AFTERNOON FAMILY’S ARE WELCOME! FREE admission, FREE Children’s Entertainment, including face painting and affordable soft drinks for children (under 16) accompanied by a parent/guardian, in the Charter Square marquee.
13:30 Afternoon musical entertainment is provided by ‘WORD GETS AROUND’. Enjoy the festival buzz in Charter Square to A MIX OF ACOUSTIC AND AMPLIFIED NUMBERS and toe tapping tunes during this three-set session (Band plays until 17:00). While the band takes a break we welcome back local solo vocalist, SERENA GRANT, who will entertain on the main stage and in The Apex ‘Top Shelf’ lounge.
17:30 Last daytime admission. Daytime admission tickets are valid until 20:00

Sound stage & entertainment sponsored by: 

SATURDAY NIGHT IS OUR ‘WITH THE BEATLES’ TRIBUTE  PARTY NIGHT!   BUY ONLINE NOW SAVE £5.00 

Join us for a fabulous festival ‘after-party’. Receive a £10 drinks voucher and souvenir keep sake glass tankard (while stocks last) are included in the ticket price. From 19:00 all extra drinks* are just £3. (*excludes bottle beers).   

The party entertainment is provided by our Support Act and the fabulous ‘WITH THE BEATLES’ TrIbute Act, singing a wide repertoire of Beatles favourites, Band plays until 22:30.

19:00 PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR OUR SUPPORT ACT
20:00 OUR HEADLINERS TAKE THE STAGE…. BURY ST EDMUNDS WELCOMES ‘WITH THE BEATLES’ Enjoy a two set performance from one of the UK’s greatest Beatles tribute acts.
23:00 LAST ORDERS
23:10 BARS CLOSE
23:30 CARRIAGES - VENUE CLOSES