Getting to Know Us

The beer festival relies on volunteers for its success, We need in excess of 150 volunteers to cover a wide variety of tasks – bar, customer facing, backroom and more. Whatever your skill set there’ll be a role for you so, if you would like be part of this years fun in the knowledge that you are helping local charities and good causes, then please contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator, Martin Bate.

Click here to download a volunteer application form.

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 Athenaeum and 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 28 years we have donated in excess of £150,000; In the past two years the festival has raised nearly £25,000.

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.