Getting to Know Us

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 consumer organisation responsible for the preservation of our brewing and pub heritage.

From its early years staged in the Athenaeum and Corn Exchange, Bury St Edmunds the festival moved to The Apex at the Arc Shopping Centre in 2011. For the first time, in 2021, we’re honoured that we’re being trusted to offer a COVID secure festival in the St. Edmundsbury Cathedral and its precinct, by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter – a first for Bury St Edmunds and, we believe, the first time a Beer Festival has ever been held in the consecrated area of a cathedral! We were privileged to be here and would like to thank all our friends and visitors who respected the fabulous ecclesiastical surroundings in which we enjoyed over 200 beers, 40 ciders, and other complimentary drinks for six heady summer days! 

The festival both raises money to support CAMRA’s aims and local charities and deserving good causes. During the past 28 years we have donated in excess of £150,000; In the past two years, the festival has raised nearly £25,000 with 2021 still to be confirmed.

This year we have expanded the festival to twice its original size and have an ambitious target to support our main charities, St Nicholas Hospice, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and other local good causes.

The festival would not be possible without the generosity of our Sponsors who help in all manner of ways – financial support, goods and materials in kind and practical help. With their support, we’re able to help many local charities and good causes. Since its inception, the Festival has raised more than £150,000 to help the local community. If you would like to help us and become a Festival Sponsor click here 

ST NICHOLAS HOSPICE, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and many smaller local good causes have been chosen as our nominated charities this year; you will have see their volunteers working with us throughout the festival. To find out more about St Nicholas’ Hospice click here and St Edmundsbury Cathedral click here

True to our beliefs we will also support smaller charities and other local good causes if the proceeds of the festival allow. Grants will be awarded during Autumn 2021; if you wish to be considered for a grant whether you are a smaller charity, youth group, community group or other deserving cause contact us now click here so we can discuss how you can contribute to and, in turn, benefit from the Festival success.