Clitheroe Beer Festival

The next Clitheroe Beer Festival will run at St Michael & St John’s Assembly Room in Clitheroe from May 9-11, 2024. Try over 60 real ales, ciders and perries and enjoy live music and food on site…

Clitheroe Beer Festival 2024

We are delighted to announce that Clitheroe Beer Festival will return in its customary mid May slot again in 2024. In the meantime we will continue to support our local pubs, bars, brewers and distributors. We would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and brewers for supporting us in 2023 and all those who’ve signed up for 2024 already, it’s going to be another festival to remember!


Over 60 Cask & Craft Ales

We’ll have over 60 cask and craft ales for you – we’ll bob the list below nearer to the day – PLUS a great selection of ciders and perries and a Gin Bar too, perfect if you’re into beer but your friends aren’t. Entry to Clitheroe Beer Festival for card carrying CAMRA members is £1 on the preview evening Thursday and £1 before 6pm on Friday & Saturday (£2 after 6pm). It’s £4 entry per day for non members (£5 after 6pm).


Special Festival Ales


Each year we ask a select number of local breweries to either brew or launch a brand new beer especially for our festival. Find the logos and links to our 2024 brewers’ websites above. Many thanks to all these brewers for their hard work, ideas, expertise and inspiration for these tasty brews.


Avid Brewing Co – a staple of our festival, Avid are returning with another fabulous 9% Russian Imperial Stout, Tsarina Yketerina. Aged for 15 months in oak whisky barrels and brewed in memory of Catherine Snelling, dark beer lover and former Clitheroe Beer Festival Organiser.


The Beer Shack – this small microbrewery has brewed a 5.5% Extra Special Bitter named Alan and Brian’s Volunteer ESB. This is named after Alan Hill and Brian Leach who were both long-standing volunteers at our Festival and are sadly missed.

Big Trip / Beer Shack – a first collaboration brew between these breweries, producing a 4.3% Mountain IPA called Munchkin Conspiracy Theory, a cross between a West Coast and a New England IPA.


Bowland Brewery – Once again they’ve brewed our “Festival Ale” – this year called Grasping at Straws, a 3.5% Raspberry and Strawberry Berliner Weiss. Crisp, dry and fruity.

This year Bowland has also brewed a thick and full-bodied 9% Imperial Stout called Black Beauty


 Four Mice – a brand new beer from this brewery based at the Coach and Horses, Bolton by Bowland. Tremaine is a 4.1% Golden/Amber Ale.


Moorhouses / Beer Shack – a first time collaboration that has brewed a 4.5% American Brown Ale called Shack it Up. Less malty than an English Brown Ale and fruity from the American hops.


Patron’s Tap – this new Blackburn based microbrewery has brewed their second ever beer which will be launched at our Festival. A tasty 4.3% Blonde Ale called Heir of the Dog.


Spring Hill. – a first brew from this brand new microbrewery based on a farm at Belthorn. Top Grafter is a refreshing and fruity 3.5% Pale Ale.



A Day at the Races!

Our festival theme for CBF24 is ‘A Day at the Races!’ We’ll have beers sourced from breweries near racecourses or with horse racing related names. Make sure you visit early as they won’t be around furlong!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Many sponsorship opportunities are available … including festival glasses, polo shirts, marquee, beer, cider and gin bars, stage, entertainment, barrels and more. As a thank you, all sponsors get their logos on this site, see below.

Sponsor a barrel at CBF2024 and get your logo in front of hundreds of local beer lovers plus two FREE pints, FREE entry and access to an exclusive Sponsors, Trade & CAMRA only evening on Thursday 9 May!

In 2023 our Corporate Table offer sold out super-fast. Reserve a table for 6 or 8 guests on preview night, Thurs 9 May. Each gets free entry, free festival glass, two free pints (or two glasses of wine, or gin)  plus nibbles and cheese and a hot sausage bap each (vegetarian options available).

Prices to be confirmed.


Advertising at Clitheroe Beer Festival

Why not advertise in our Festival Programme and reach a potential audience of over 1500? It’s a cost-effective way to promote your business to hundreds of local visitors, and visitors from across the region and the UK….


Live Music

We’ll have live music from local bands on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Swing Commanders will be joining us on Friday, and Rebel Valley will be entertaining us on Saturday.

Visitor Information

Clitheroe Beer Festival 2024 runs from Thurs 9 – Sat 11 May 2024*  times at base of site

Our venue is The Assembly Hall of St Michaels & St Johns – aka ‘The Old Schoolrooms’
Entry for card carrying CAMRA members is £1 on the preview evening for CAMRA & trade on Thursday and £1 before 6pm on Friday & Saturday (£2 after 6pm).

Non member entry is £4 on Friday & Saturday (£5 after 6pm).
Buy a ‘starter card’ on entry.
Starter card includes half or pint glass hire and drinks tokens.
Further top-up cards of tokens are then available.
No money is taken at our festival bars.
All unused tokens can be refunded on exit.
If you don’t want to keep your glass you can get your hire fee back.

NB! We will be welcoming contactless card payment as well as cash! 


Festival Fringe Events

We’ve always prided ourselves on being known as “the friendly festival” and each year we try and introduce new ideas to make your visit more enjoyable. This year our friends in some fantastic Clitheroe bars will once again be running special events around the town centre linked to our festival. We feel the festival is something for the whole town and we’re really happy to connect our CAMRA festival to the vibrant bar scene that can be found in our town centre. We are happy to work in partnership with some of our local bars and hope that you find time to support them and get involved with their events…or just pop in and try all the special beers that they’ll be offering!


Tuesday 7 May 2024 – Bowland Beer Hall at Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe.

Vocation Brewery – Meet the Brewer event and tap takeover.

Passionate pioneers in the craft beer scene, Vocation Brewery pushes boundaries with innovative recipes and quality ingredients. Each sip is a testament to their dedication to brewing excellence, delivering bold flavours that leave a lasting impression. This is a guided tasting featuring six 1/3 tasters of unique brews handpicked by the experts.

Cost £20 per ticket which includes six 1/3 tasters, Beer Hall nibbles and a complimentary gift. Places are limited, book your place here

Wednesday 8 May 2024 Bowland Beer Hall at Holmes Mill, Greenacre Street, Clitheroe.

Rivington Brewery – Meet the Brewer event and tap takeover

Crafted with precision and passion, Rivington Brewery’s brews embody the spirit of tradition with innovative flair, offering a taste of artisanal excellence in every sip. Discover their finely crafted ales, where every drop tells a story of quality craftsmanship and local pride. This is a guided tasting featuring six 1/3 tasters of unique brews handpicked by the experts.

Cost £20 per ticket which includes six 1/3 tasters, Beer Hall nibbles and a complimentary gift. Places are limited, book your place here


If you enjoyed the beers at the festival and want even more choice, or maybe just take a break from the festival, why not pop along to support one of the following beer venues and try out their amazing beer menus!

The Ale House – 12-14, Market Place, Clitheroe

A superb micro pub in the centre of Clitheroe offering 5 cask and 10 keg lines. They often have a tap takeover from an interesting brewery from outside our area, so why not pop in and check out what’s on offer.

The Beer Shack – 22-24, King Street, Clitheroe

Don’t miss a visit to this fabulous craft beer bar, serving exceptional beers from across the UK. You’ll usually find some of their own micro brews on the bar too. At our CAMRA festival we have their new ESB to try, as well as their recent collaborations with Big Trip (Mountain IPA) and Moorhouses (American Brown Ale). During the festival period you’ll also find a cask tap takeover from Welsh brewery Purple Moose and a keg tap takeover from Scottish brewery Fierce.

Bowland Beer Hall at Holmes Mill – Greenacre Street, Clitheroe

As usual the Beer Hall will have at least 10 of its own Bowland beers on the bar, plus a range of 18 guest ales, including some from both Rivington and Vocation breweries. If you haven’t tried the Beer Hall experience yet, then this is the time to try it!

Rose and Crown pub – Castle Street, Clitheroe

Pop into this Thwaites pub to enjoy a choice of four Thwaites ales, one of which will be directly linked to our festival charity, Foundation for Ribble Valley Families. For every pint of it sold, £1 will go to the charity, sosupport the Rose and Crown, our festival charity and enjoy great beer all at the same time!



Thwaites Shire Horses and dray will be making a visit to the Festival on Friday afternoon, 10 May at approximately 2.30pm. They will be in the rear car park next to our Marquee. There will be plenty of photo opportunities!

Thanks to our 2024 Sponsors…

Frequently Asked Questions

I love beer / cider / perry but my preferred drinking companion doesn’t, do you serve other drinks?

Yes sirree! We’ll have wine, fizz and gin available too from our festival bars

Are soft drinks available?

They are indeed, if you’re a designated driver let our bar-staff know and you can have free soft drinks – we normally have lemonade, cola and water

Is there an outside space at the festival to smoke / dance / sunbathe / howl at the moon?

There’s a fabulous space at the back and we’ll have a marquee out there too, so if it’s sunny you can get a tan while having a beer, if it’s rainy you can howl at the moon from the marquee

Are you on Social Media and / or How can we contact you?

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I’d like to Volunteer please!

When we’re closer to a festival, in the Visitors Section above, there will be a link to download the volunteer form. Just fill it in and send it to the email address given on the form and someone will be in touch 



The Assembly Hall of St Michael & St John’s, Lowergate, Clitheroe BB7 1AG

2024 Dates

Thu 9 May, 3pm-9.30pm*
Fri 10 May, 11.30am-11pm
Sat 11 May, 11am-10.30pm

*Sponsors, trade & CAMRA only

Email Us

Click below to email our Festival Organiser, Chris Nicol