Claverham Village Hall, Bishops Road, Claverham, North Somerset, BS49 4NF

Yeo Valley Lions Claverham Beer Festival is an annual event that is supported by the local community. It is designed to provide everyone with a great weekend, but of course to raise funds for local causes.  To date well over 380 different beers and ciders have been featured with over £60,000 raised for charities as diverse as Great Western Air Ambulance, Weston Hospice and Riding for the Disabled.

The Festival begins on the Friday night at 7.30 and tickets are available. Saturday evening session (7.30) is also a ticketed session, and on occasions both these sessions are sold out in advance, so prior purchase is recommended. The Saturday and Sunday afternoon sessions are free entry and doors open at 12.30. The Festival closes on Sunday around 4.30 to 5pm whenever the beer has run out.

We are very grateful to our sponsors who cover much of our costs. If you feel you might like to join our band of happy sponsors, there are lots of options, so please do call Nigel for a no-obligation chat.

CBF2015 will be 3-5th July 2015 - save the dates

Yeo Valley Lions Claverham Beer Festival


It's over for another year, and what a lucky time we had. It was our twelfth year so we are quite practiced now, but just listen to the comments we had,

The best Beer Festival we have ever been at
Terrific beers – a great range
We have come from Lincolnshire just for this weekend!

The perfect alternative Festival if you can’t get to Glastonbury!

  The charities you helped this year
Crossroads Young Carers provides a network and respite for children who take responsibility to care for adults family members
Ocean Youth Trust provides outward bound opportunities for young people
Motivation provide adapted wheelchairs for special circumstances
Springboard to support children 0-5 with special needs in North Somerset
Cleeve Pavilion for maintenance and improvements
Little Princess Trust provides wigs for children undergoing medical treatments

Miraculously we avoided any rain despite seeing clouds circling our site, and we were able to use our new Pyramid Stage on the Sunday afternoon for The Oakies to entertain an appreciative crowd.

Entertainment is important of course with the Fallen Apples getting us off to an eclectic start on Friday and the DNA Band rocking our socks off on the Saturday evening. We had great fun with The Perfect Cure led by Gill Elliot with some great Irish tunes and the highlight was the Sean Eireann McMahon Irish Dancers. These youngsters dance all over the world and came third in the world championships. It was easy to see why – they were breathtaking.

Of course the main event was the beer, and we had a great selection. The Festival Champion Ale was a local brew Lynx Wildcat from Yeovil Ales. Highly commended were Cheeky Pheasant from George Wright of Merseyside and runner up was Stallion. However nearly all the beers had strong representation from individuals, proving that everyone has a personal taste that probably changes from day to day, but overwhelmingly almost any beer is good when treated well and served fresh!

Thanks are due to all our Sponsors, but especially to our Major Sponsors Stowell Concrete and Bell and Stenton Opticians, our Gold
Sponsor Svenska Handlesbanken, and Silver Sponsors Paul Reilly Building Services Ltd, Urban Flooring Ltd, Ashton Scaffolding Ltd and Weston Seafoods.

The World Spoof Champion was David Wake who played a very subtle competition using the classic 1-6-5 strategy (not often seen these days) and which even runner up Malcolm Porter playing his best options could not counter.

Next years Festival will be the thirsteenth, so we are already planning a presentation of suitably themed beers.

Watch this space.

This site provides you with information on what can be expected at this year's Beer Festival, opening times, what's on and how to buy tickets and last but not least how to find us.  You can also find information on where the money raised from last year's festival has been donated.

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