Our provisional dates for 2017 are 17th to the 19th August 2017.

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Session times and Admission

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4th August

Friday 5th August

6th August


5pm - 11pm

Noon - 11pm

Noon - 10pm





Advance Packages

(Including £7 strike card)

(Including £7 strike card)

(Including £7 strike card)

Door Packages
(If available)

(Including £4 strike card)

No door sales £10 
(Including £4 strike card)

The entry price includes a souvenir glass and programme and applies to everybody visiting the festival apart from children.

In addition to your entrance ticket you will need to buy some strike cards, these are used at the bars in place of cash. To reduce queues at the entrance we have simplified the entry packages this year to include only a single £7 Strike Card. You will not be able to buy additional cards at the entrance, but will have to buy them from the extra strike cards desk when you have entered the festival. Your initial card will enable you to buy your first drink. Extra strike cards are valued at £5 each.

If you have any unspent cards (either part or full) left at the end of the session you can claim a refund. Please consider donating your part spent cards to our festival charities. Unused cards must be redeemed before we close on Saturday night.

We strictly limiting entry numbers for each day. Once we have sold the number of entries for that day we will close entry for door sales. We will not be selling tickets for Friday on the door, tickets for other days will be available on the door if we have any left (In 2015 we sold all of the remaining tickets for Saturday in the first hour). In the past we have had to turn away people (including ticket holders) because the earlier sessions have been too popular, this is unacceptable. We limit tickets to ensure that the festival runs for the full time, and we can offer the best festival. We never again want to turn away ticket holders.

We will do our best to stop queues forming at the entrance, however we cannot guarantee it wont happen. Past experience has shown that the busiest time at the entrance is on the Friday night at around 8pm.

Strike Cards

We will be using strike cards again this year, with each card worth £5.

As part of your entry you will get an initial strike card. Additional cards must be purchased from the extra cards desk when you are in the festival. Your initial card will be enough to allow you to buy your first drinks.

We do not accept cash at the bar. Instead you will have to purchase strike cards from the entrance/extra cards counter which you can then use to pay at the bar. After you have been served at the bar please hand over your card(s) and we will 'strike' out the relevant amount. 

Please ensure you have enough to pay for your drink. If necessary please go to the extra cards counter at the entrance before going to the bar. The volunteers on the bar are not permitted to take cash.

How to get your ticket

There are three ways to buy your ticket:

  1. Online - Buy your tickets here!
  2. Buy in advance through Worcester Live at at the Huntingdon Hall​ Box Office.
    • By telephone - 01905 611427
    • In person - The Worcester Live Box Office is situated at Huntingdon Hall in CrownGate Shopping Centre, Worcester.

    For more details on how to contact the box office please visit their site. Worcester Live charge a booking fee for all sales other than those in person.
  3. Pay cash on the door if there are any tickets remaining for that day. There will be no door sales all day on the Friday.

Ticket Agents

This year our only ticket agent is Worcester Live via the Huntingdon Hall box office. The easiest way to buy your ticket is via our online ticket agent, click here to buy online.

How the entrance works

What happens when you arrive at the Festival depends on whether you have an advance ticket or are paying cash on the door....

Buy NowYou have bought your ticket online

This is our recommended, and easiest way to get your ticket. This year we have partnered with ticketscript to provide our e-ticketing system. 

Make sure you print your ticket at home and bring it with you. Your ticket will be checked and you will be given your initial strike card. You then need to choose a pint or half-pint glass, pick up a programme and it's off to the bar to enjoy some of the 170+ beers and 100+ ciders and perries on offer.

Each person must buy and print a ticket for each session they are attending.

Where possible please print your ticket. Although it is possible to scan a mobile phone it does take longer.

You have bought your ticket from Worcester Live box office at Huntingdon Hall

Hand in your tickets (one for each person) and you will be given your initial strike card. Then you just need to choose a pint or half-pint glass, pick up a programme and it's off to the bar to enjoy some of the 170+ beers and 100+ ciders and perries on offer.

You have a complimentary ticket

Turn up at the festival site with your ticket (one ticket per person). Hand in your ticket, choose a glass - pint or half-pint - and pick up a programme. You must then head for the extra cards desk inside the marquee to buy some strike cards. Don't forget to do this because the bar does not accept cash.

You are paying cash on the door

Please be aware that we may sell out. To ensure entry please buy your ticket in advance, even if that is just before you leave your house. If we have tickets left they will be available in our e-ticket store. So if possible we recommend you buy an advance ticket.

Friday is strictly ticket only.

Having paid you just need to choose a glass - pint or half-pint - pick up a programme and head to the bar. Drivers and other non-drinkers must still pay for entry, however they can have their strike card refunded.

CAMRA members

CAMRA members will receive a free half pint token on presentation of their membership card at the CAMRA stall.

Young people

The festival welcomes well-behaved children, provided that they are accompanied at all times by their parents or guardians at all times.

Please note we do not have a crèche or other supervised areas for children.  Also there are numerous opportunities for uncontrolled children to injure themselves. It is therefore paramount that all children are supervised at all times and any children found to be unsupervised, or misbehaving will be asked to leave the festival along with their parents or guardians. 

Please note that we will not tolerate the sale of alcohol to (or consumption of alcohol by) persons under 18 years of age. Acceptable forms of identification for those who are 18 or over (but are fortunate enough to look younger), are a valid Passport, current Driving License (with photo ID) or a 'PASS accredited proof-of-age card' with the 'Pass' Hologram.

Young people under 18 (proof may be required) will be admitted free of charge during the daytime sessions (before 6pm) if accompanied by a parent/relative but will not be allowed to consume alcohol. Anyone under 18 who is not accompanied will be asked to leave the site immediately. Under 18's must leave the site by 6pm.


Dogs are permitted on the festival site, but they must be supervised at all times. We ask you to please be aware that the nature of the festival means that many areas may be unsuitable for dogs and you should bear this in mind. If any dogs are found unsupervised (or in our view inappropriately controlled) they will be asked to leave along with their owners/keepers.

All dogs should be kept on a short lead.

Any mess must be cleared up by their owners/keepers immediately, anyone failing to do this will be asked to leave.

Credit and Debit cards

We plan to have credit / debit card readers available on the Entrance Desk and on the Membership Stall.

However it would be wise not to rely on their availability as we are in the middle of a racecourse - please bring cash as well.

Visitors with Disabilities

We offer a free carer ticket for a Personal Assistant if you receive Middle or Higher Rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or the Personal Independence Payment (PIP), are aged 18+ and would not be able to come to the festival without assistance.

This entry does not include a glass or programme, and the carer will be expected not to drink any alcoholic drinks. 

Proof of DLA or PIP support must be provided on entry if requested. For clarification of eligibility for free carer tickets please contact us via this page.