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Published on September 16th, 2013 | by Nottingham Drinker


Unprecedented Run On Beer Festival Tickets… but you can still get in!

Advance tickets for the Friday and Saturday of the festival sold out mid – September, a couple of weeks earlier than last year. But there are still plenty of tickets available for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions.

We will be allowing customers to pay on the gate on Friday and Saturday, with significantly more spaces made available than last year. But we are subject to overall limits and these can be affected by a number of factors such as the weather (we are allowed fewer people on site when it is wet) and other events taking place in the castle itself.

On the Saturday we fill up fairly quickly as the afternoon is our busiest session, so if you decide to try to gain admission on the gate then we suggest making an early start, bars open at 11am. But we cannot, of course, guarantee that everyone will get in, and once we reach capacity we will have no choice but to work on a one in – one out basis, which unfortunately can mean lengthy queues and long waits.

The best bet for cash admissions on a Saturday is usually Saturday evening as customers from the busy afternoon session drift off home. There is a special discounted cash price after 7pm and despite rumours to the contrary we have never run out of beer on a Saturday evening, and have not run out of cider or perry for the past three years. There is also some great entertainment on the bandstand on Saturday evening as well!

On Fridays it is the evening when we fill up and so cash admissions are usually possible during the lunchtime and early afternoon. But please remember we are talking cash admission here, there are no tickets as such, so once you have entered it is not possible to get a pass out and return later.

The most relaxed session at the Festival will be Wednesday evening, when we are fully open this year, all bars, all catering and entertainment on the bandstand. There is also a discounted admission price and payment on the gate will not be a problem.

Thursday is the favourite day for many people, it is still fairly relaxed and we don’t anticipate any difficulties in gaining admission on the gate, but we can’t guarantee it and so an advance ticket is still a sensible precaution.

Whichever way you use to get in, one thing is for sure – it will be worth the effort!

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