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43rd Norwich Beer Festival

The Halls
42nd Norwich Beer Festival in 2019

The 43rd Norwich Beer Festival, organised by the Norwich & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), will be held at The Halls from October 25th to 30th 2021.
Over 350 cask-conditioned Real Ales from Britain's independent brewers will be on sale, along with draught and bottled beers from the rest of the world.
There will also be a range of traditional ciders and perries, with over 70 varieties, mostly from East Anglia.
Food will be available in Blackfriars' Hall and in the bar betweeen the halls at all sessions of the Festival. Mead will also be available at the bar between the halls.
COVID Precautions

These are the precautions we've taken to reduce the risk of COVID19 infection at the Festival:

  • Reduced Capacity
  • More ventilation in all areas
  • More seating in the two halls
  • Hand sanitiser available throughout the Halls complex, we encourage its use
  • Staff will be required to wash hands regularly, and use hand sanitiser frequently
  • Cleaning schedule for at-risk high-contact hard surfaces
  • Face coverings are voluntary for staff and the public, however we strongly advise wearing a face covering when moving around the venue
  • Contactless payments accepted, along with cash for entrance, glasses & beer cards and merchandise
  • One way systems in operation (where achievable)
  • Test & Trace 'check in' will be available
  • We do not intend to check vaccine passports, but will do so if Government requirements change.

PLEASE NOTE: We will not allow entry to the Festival to anyone who has:
a) tested positive for Covid in the past 10 days, or
b) had Covid symptoms in the past 10 days, regardless of a negative Covid test.

Before entry, customers will be asked whether, in the past 10 days:
a) they have tested positive for Covid
b) they have a new, continuous cough
c) they have had a loss or change to their sense of smell or tastes
d) they are unvaccinated and have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive in the past 10 days

A temperature test (using a contactless thermometer) will also be carried out.
If the answer to any of the questions is Yes, or an abnormally high temperature is registered, you will NOT be allowed to enter the Festival.

What you can do to keep safe:
  • Please keep and use the same glass, and don't share with others
  • You can exchange your glass for a clean one at the Glasses counter
  • Please use the on-line beer & cider list where possible
  • If you need a printed programme, please keep and use the same programme, and don't share with others
  • Please move away from the bar once you have your drink
  • Avoid close contact with people you don't know
What else to expect at Norwich Beer Festival
  • Norfolk beers will be distributed throiught the two Halls, with breweries in alphabetical order
  • No Games & Tombola and no live music this year
  • Dress Up Saturday - the theme is TV, Film, Cartoon (including Children's/Childhood TV/Films)
  • The Products stall will not be purchasing any old festival glasses this year
  • In the future, only specific old Festival glasses will be purchased, and glass collections will not be considered
  • Pass-ins to buy a Festival glass will not be allowed until Saturday
  • There will be mulled and iced cider at the Cider Bar
Norwich Beer Festival is run and staffed by volunteers, please be patient, be respectful and give others space. Thank you.

PLEASE NOTE: Prior to arrival, if you have tested positive for coronavirus or developed coronavirus symptoms in the past 10 Days you are must not attend the Festival.

All of the above is subject to change without notice (but we hope not to). Any changes will be communicated on our social media pages.

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Updated September 10, 2021
© Norwich & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.



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October 25th-30th
St. Andrew's &
Blackfriars' Halls

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