Opening Times

Thursday 8th August – we will be opening at 3pm for a special two-hour session open only to CAMRA members and local publicans. Members need to bring their membership card. Publicans – you will be receiving a special invitation ticket that you must bring along.

Thursday 8th August – at 5pm the gates will open for everyone. Closing time is 11pm.

Friday 9th August – we will be open from 12 noon until 11pm.

Saturday 10th August – we will be open from 12 noon until 10pm.


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

Entrance prices are Thursday £6, Friday £10, Saturday £6.

Buying Drinks

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 buy beer, cider and Perry. Tickets bought on line are bundled with a single £8 Strike Card, enough for a couple of average pints, and at the door (Thursday and Friday, subject to availability) the bundle includes a £4 Strike Card making the cash entrance price a round £10. You will not be able to buy additional cards at the entrance, but can buy them from the “extra strike cards” desk once you have entered the festival. Extra strike cards are valued at £5 each.

Strike cards are only used at the bar. Pay cash for food and soft drinks bought at the food concession stands.

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 limit entry numbers for each day, so we can make sure we have enough supplies for everyone attending. We expect all tickets for Friday to be sold online or through Huntingdon Hall in advance. So if you are intending to visit on Friday you must book in advance. For Thursday and Saturday we expect to have some tickets to sell on the door, but we can’t guarantee this, so please check the website for the latest news before you travel. Last year we stopped selling Saturday tickets on the door within an hour of opening.

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 7pm.

All Advanced ticket sales are non-refundable.