In 2024, for one year only, the Norwich Beer Festival is stepping out of The Halls and hitting the streets! This October, Norwich & District CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is hosting a reimagined festival with a lineup of exciting events and activities spread across the city.

The organisers are unable to hold the traditional festival, as their venue, The Halls, is undergoing major refurbishment, so they have crafted an exciting collection of alternative events across the city.  Organisers will ensure festival-goers still have a good time and enjoy plentiful favourite and interesting beers! 

Lucy Cousins, 2024 Coordinator and CAMRA branch Vice-Chair explains, “It’s Norwich Beer Festival, but not as we know it!! This year we’ve had to be creative, whilst our beloved venue is refurbished, and we’ve decided to have some fun with it!”

Plus, it’s all for a good cause!  With an emphasis on supporting charities, all proceeds from the CAMRA festivities will benefit local charities. Among those who’ll benefit are BUILD Charity who are ‘making a difference so people with disabilities don’t have to feel different’ and Headway Norfolk & Waveney, which supports those affected by brain injury. Norwich Beer Festival has a rich history of supporting local charities, with festival-goers contributing thousands of pounds each year. This year, the festival continues this tradition by supporting BUILD and Headway and encouraging participating pubs and breweries to choose the charities they wish to support, making it a win-win for everyone involved.

The festivities kick off on Thursday, 24 October, spanning 12 days of beer tastings, live music, coach trips, and more, in partnership with Norwich’s finest pubs and breweries. A highlight of the event is the World Beer pop-up at Castle Social, located on level 3 of Castle Quarter in support of Build Charity and Headway Norfolk & Waveney. Inspired by the beloved World Beer Bar from previous festivals, and sponsored by the World Beer Awards, this pop-up will feature an extensive selection of bottled beers from around the globe. Running from Thursday, 31 October to Sunday, 3 November, visitors can also enjoy the tasty treats from the surrounding food hall including delicious giant Yorkshire pudding wraps and hot meat baguettes from Giant Yorkie Roast Co.

Jo Aldridge, General Manager at Castle Social, said: “We’re thrilled to host the World Beer Bar pop-up in support of two wonderful charities. It’s a fantastic way to enjoy great drinks from across the globe, whilst bringing the community together to make a positive impact.”

Already on board to host events are popular venues such as the Beehive, the Brickmakers, and Redwell Brewery, with many more soon to be announced.

Claire Brooks, Licensee of the Brickmakers and B2, said “We’re really excited that this year’s Beer Festival is coming out into the community. Norwich has a wealth of great pubs and this gives us a chance to showcase what we do best, and it’s all for good causes.”

Pubs and breweries interested in participating are encouraged to get in touch via email at getinvolved@norwich.camra.org.uk

CAMRA members, as well as those who join between now and November, will enjoy special perks, including exclusive drink offers, VIP events, and discounts on event tickets.

Ian Stamp, CAMRA branch Chair adds, “This year’s festival is about more than just great beer; it’s about giving back to the community that has supported us for so long and also supporting local charities.”

For more information and updates, visit norwich.camra.org.uk