Festival History & Supporters

Now in its 29th year the East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival is organised by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, the nationwide lobbying organisation responsible for the preservation of our brewing and pub heritage.

From its early years staged in the Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmunds the festival moved to The Apex at the Arc Shopping Centre in 2011.

The festival both raises money to support CAMRA’s aims and local charities and deserving good causes. During the past 27 years we have donated in excess of £150,000; last year alone the festival raised nearly £20,000.

This year we have expanded the festival to twice it’s original size and have an ambitious target to support our main charity, St Nicholas Hospice and other local good causes.