Message from: justsally 2nd February, 2013
Message: 7th - 9th JUNE 2013. Welland Valley Beer Fest. enjoy entertainment, ale and fun throughout the leicestershire countryside, Not to be missed. Vintage buses connect you between venues and tickets available from the AlexANDRA ARMS Kettering. Ask Nip.
Message from: Krispy 10th August, 2012
Message: Looking forward to another great beerfest! I'm going to try and take a load of pics and blog about the 4 days I'm there; http://beerfest.kristianbrown.co.uk/ I've also written a mobile app to help visitors search for beers, which I will be improving the week before the event (fingers crossed!); Open this url in your iPhone/Android phone - http://beerfest.kristianbrown.co.uk/index.php/mobile-beer-app/
Message from: shake hands eric 19th September, 2011
Message: Thank you for letting us play again and to everyone who supported us. We had a great time, but seem to have no pics at all of the band. Can anyone help please?....Oh, and here's an entirely gratutious link to our latest video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4UcHTJvWH2U
Message from: Roger 13th September, 2011
Message: I have been attending every year since the 9th and in my opinion this year has been the least enjoyable year. My gripes are the same as most, the tent layout is (as it was last year) poor and the prices far too high. £9 for Sat is a joke, especially as this is the day when beers start to either run out or turn somewhat sarsonsy. Every year I look forward to seeing many people that I only see once a year (at the fest) however, at least half of them stayed away this year for one of the above reasons. You have to listen to the punters or I fear that we will lose this great fest in the not so distant future. Give us what you know we want NOT what you know we dont.
Message from: The Gruftons 6th September, 2011
Message: As ever the Gruftons once again attended there home event. One of the best weeks of the year. Roll on next year. Some photos can be seen on are website. http://grufton.web.officelive.com/PBF2011.aspx
Message from: Mark Beare 2nd September, 2011
Message: Again the Music tent was placed at the very end of the tent layout. It definately didn't work last year with people all bunched up at the tent entrance. I personally thought the Music tent in the middle of the two bar tents worked much better. Other than that, another great year!
Message from: Phil 2nd September, 2011
Message: The Beer festival is something to be proud of as it is a great logistics operation from people who do not get paid. It is always a fun environment with no trouble. Well done to all involved, roll on next year!!!
Message from: Ian Oldfield 1st September, 2011
Message: Hi, This years festival was my 14th year of attending the beer festival. I have a few gripes to make about this years beer fest as this was the only time i felt the event had truely gone backwards in the 15 years i had been attending. I always organise a trip up from my home town of Cardiff with at least 6-7 other lads every year. We missed last year so i am not sure if the set up was the same as this year but we all agreed that it just was not the same as all the other years we had been coming. It felt really really small this year and if it hadn't have been raining, then i hate to imagine how overcrowded the place would have been with all the extra people that had stayed away. Secondly, The main live band on the saturday night was pretty much a heavy metal act, I spoke to loads of people in the bar areas and in the smoking areas outside who thought the band that was selected as the main act that night was a joke. I have never seen a heavy metal band play a beer festival before and it was truely awfull. Me and my mates and what looked like plenty more started leaving after only the 3rd song which is something that we have never done before at your beer festival. Surely you should have a band that caters for a bit of everyone, Anyway, will wait to find out first if the setup next year ends up being the same as this years as if it is i doubt that i will be arranging another trip for the lads. Before you changed it all around, everything was perfect. You should have left it as it was. At least the wine tent never ran out this year... Sorry for my moaning but i felt really dissapointed this year in the set up and the band selection only..
Message from: Shaggy 31st August, 2011
Message: If anyones bothered, I've added a few hundred pictures of the festival to my picasa site they can be found here: https://picasaweb.google.com/118219477279074971987/PeterboroughCAMRABeerFest_2011
Message from: Barry 31st August, 2011
Message: Once again a great week. Though is it time to go back to basics? Are we a beer festival or music festival or a family entertainment festival? Layout still poor and we need to revert to something similar to the old setup. Headline price too high. No price reduction for lunch time or early sessions. Lets have a few more traditional brown or dark ales. Do we need all the music of similar styles, how about an brass band or orchestra? One again thanks.
Message from: Mr W 30th August, 2011
Message: Went Thursday/Friday/Saturday nights and had a great time. The layout is annoying but I went for the beer and social with friends not to walk round in circles all night. Maybe change the admission price to not include a glass, let people purchase it separately. Seems that would stop most of the moaning!
Message from: Mark Finney 30th August, 2011
Message: I traveled from China for the festival this year, but for various reasons could only make a couple of days. Some for the beer vas very good, but I was really disappointed to see the Theakston’s bar selling industrial crap. A friend ordered a pint, and was presented with glass of foam. I asked the barman if it is a cream latte or something, and he regurgitated the corporate line that it was “how they liked their beer oop north, and it had always been like that” He added, that they “didn’t like their beer flat, like the one I was holding”. So, I quizzed him a little: Where did the head come from? From inside the beer he admitted, he then squirmed a bit and mumbled that the “Beer was designed to have the Nitrogen released”. I asked him about the natural CO2 that was still inside my pint. He didn’t know what I was talking about. Best option – a TASTE TEST. My friend, who is not a huge real ale fan, tasted the Theakston’s, and said IT WAS BLAND! The barman became more augmentative, so I simply asked him how long the Northerners had been enjoying their “Traditional Beer with the swam neck dispenser, AND a sprinkler?” Of course he didn’t know. BOTTOM LINE – Sprinklers are used for two reasons: 1. – To sell air not beer 2. – and this is the most important – to diminish the quality of real ale (supported by marketing to sell creamy beer as “traditional”), and thus make it difficult to distinguish between “Real Ale”, and NitoKeg. They can then replace “Real Ale” with Industrial garbage. PETERBOROUGH BEER FESTIVAL - PLEASE – STAY ON MESSAGE! BAN HANDPUMPS from the festival (unless they are the non swan neck style). Maybe it is time to go back to basics, and reduce the size of the festival, and concentrate on quality again.
Message from: Mike 29th August, 2011
Message: Thank you for a great Beer festival. My only complaint was the tent layout I'm afraid. I have been coming to the PBF for nearly 10 years and found the 'regular' layout to be the best for a majority of the Festival goers, the new layout isolates the bands I'm afraid . OK I think we can break down the PBF visitors into two Distinct groups, the older members and everyone else ! I am not trying to be flippant here but a majority of the older members don't like the music and a large majority of the rest do !. We need to encourage younger members to Camra and the previous layout gave the bands center stage and if you didn't like the music you just walked through the other end. I felt very sorry for the bands who were 'isolated' in the end tent this year as it looked and appeared to be a after thought. If we don't want the noise don't put on music and fill the 3rd tent with more beer ?? somehow I don't think we would have a sucessful beer fest do you ??
Message from: Doughnut 28th August, 2011
Message: As a first timer at Peterborough Beer Festival, but a regular at the Chesterfield Beer Festival and once at the Nottingham one, I have to say Peterborough was brilliant, I personally didnt have any problems with the layout, there was plenty of space for everyone, even when it rained, the music tent was great if you wanted to listen to music or you could be far enough away if you didnt want to. The choice of food was excellent as was the entertainment. The price was more expensive than Chesterfield, and at that one you do get vouchers for your first two drinks included, but the whole experience was just so much more pleasurable and we plan on making it an annual event like we do the Chesterfield one. The games are free in Chesterfield with prizes of tokens for beers which is a nice idea, rather than paying for some of the games like we did in the tent, which took rather a lot of money off us (on the skittles stand, a lot of competition within our group) :) What can I say, I like things for free ;) A few more chairs would have been nice, we didnt want to take our own camping ones as we were planning on going round a few pubs in Peterborough afterwards but we were lucky with the weather being so great so sat on the grass, even after all that rain on Friday! Anyway, good time was had by all, and see you all next year
Message from: shaun 28th August, 2011
Message: Bring back old layout, you have got to find some way of making it work. Please have more local bands doing covers its what people want to hear so they can sing along to. This is a great festival and would be a shame to have it ruined
Message from: Peter 28th August, 2011
Message: I got to the fest at 12 and had to Q 25mins to get in on weds lunch time and as soon as I got in they opened another gate, not a great start to the fest seeing as it shut at half two. Don't like the new layout at all please go back to the old one. Need more tables and chairs like the Reading beer fest has. Beer choice and beer quality was very good. Lots of staff on and no problem getting served which was good. Overall 5/10, this used to be my favourite fest but now has fallen behind, Reading and Nottingham.
Message from: Tina 27th August, 2011
Message: Very disappointed to find only one disabled toilet at the front of the site, with NO interior light I might add. Did tell a site worker Tues evening who said a light would be put up for it (which it WASN'T!!) Very embarrassing to have to ask friends to help you into the 'normal' toilets after dark. Also the entry prices this year were very expensive.
Message from: Mark Hehir 27th August, 2011
Message: Last year was the first time we came up, and even with the rain we enjoyed ourselves immensely the two days we were here. This year we stayed for three days and caught the better weather of Tue - Thurs. Fabulous!! We even managed to sit out in the sun supping. The layout of the marquees was no problem to us, as we don't wander around, we just pitch our seats between the two beer sections and drink. My only grumble is the separate queue for CAMRA meant we we queuing for ages whilst the general public flew in. Not on. But all in all we had a brilliant three days. Thanks to all involved
Message from: Matt 27th August, 2011
Message: £9.00 to get in again and Ales at £3.00+? Sorry but that is way to pricey even for an avid Real Ale drinker. I also agree with the lunchtime costs and the layout is poor. Also, not enough preparation for the rain again. Would like to have seen straw down at least. many of my friends wanted to go on 2 nights but entry prices are getting silly. Shame.
Message from: Harry 27th August, 2011
Message: Fiona, We can't win with this one. We had complaints before we switched the marquees for the quiz and now you are complaining afterwards. When we used both marquees we had complaints from people who didn't like the noise. Perhaps NO quiz is the only answer :)>