Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

40th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival

The 40th Derby CAMRA City Charter Summer Beer Festival will be back from the 5th to the 9th July 2017 on the Market Place in the center of Derby, so please mark your diaries.


The City Charter Beer Festival is organised by a group of volunteers who have formed a committee for this purpose. The next committee meeting will be on Wednesday 21st June 2017 at the Thomas Leaper, Irongate, starting at 20:00. All CAMRA members welcome.

Getting There

The beer festival is held in a marquee on the Market Place (DE1 3AH) in the center of Derby.
Bus - the Market Place is around 70 meters walk from the main bus station, which is served by many routes including National Express.
Train - the railway station is approximately 20 minutes walk away. Exit through the main enterance and either take a bus to the bus station or walk to the right, head past the Brunswick and Alexandra Hotel pubs then continue straight past the bus station.
Air - East Midlands airport is 23km or 14 miles from the festival and served by a direct bus link to the bus station (route: Skylink). Birmingham airport is served by direct trains from Derby taking around an hour.

Opening Times and Prices

Wednesday 5th July - 18:30 to 23:00; £3.00.
Thursday 6th July - 11:00 to 23:00; £2 before 17:30, £5:00 after.
Friday 7th July - 11:00 to 23:00; £2 before 17:30, £6:00 after.
Saturday 8th July - 11:00 to 23:00; £3 before 17:30, £6:00 after.
Sunday 9th July - 12:00 to 14:00; free to all.

Card carrying CAMRA members free to all sessions. OAPs free before 17:30. Under 26s half price with proof of age.


Photo courtesy of Graham Whitmore Photography


As with all CAMRA Beer Festivals, the Derby Summer Beer Festival is staffed entirely by volunteers who come along to promote real ale in the City of Derby. If you would like to take part your help will be gratefully received no matter how big or small your commitment.

Sign up on the Volunteer form

Or download a WORD format Volunteering Form and send it in.

Information Updates

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Advanced tickets are now available from Derby Live (click on link) or phone 01332 255800.

Trade Tickets

If you are from the Trade and wish to attend the Trade Session on 5th July 2017, starting 16:30, please contact the secretary on, stating who you represent and how many tickets you would like.

Publicity and Sponsorship

If anybody is interested in a sponsoring the festival in any way or placing an advert in the program, then please contact the publicity organiser by clicking this link

Mobile Apps

For more information on your mobile including a searchable beer list and a scoring scheme click on the appropriate link below.

Program, Beer and Cider Lists

Coming soon... We hope to be able to have the beer list by 28th June.

Click here for the ciders and perries Cider Program 2017.pdf

Click here for the beers on the continental bottle bar Continental_V1.pdf.


Evening - Derbyshire Volunteers Big Ceilieh Band.
Support - Ripley Morris Men.
Fringe - Rapper Team.
More Fringe - Sword Dancers.

Lunch - Ivan Ball Jazz Band.
Evening - Shamus O Blivion and the Megadeath Morris Men - rock influenced Celtic music played in a hard edged cheeky style. Their outlandish stage show is extremely visual with amusing delivery.
Support - Harriet! And Steele Threads (guitare vocal duo). - Her second visit, bringin her unique style of acoustic rock and alternative country.

Lunch - Brookside Jazz.
Evening - The Dark Horses (Classic rock) - a five piece rock cover band who have been rocking the Midlands for the past 8 years with classics from the likes of Fleetwood Mac, Cream, Pete Frampton, ZZ Top and the Eagles.
Support - Hillbilly Jukebox (rockin blue grass) - the foursome from Leicester know how to give the Bluegrass treatment to popular rock songs.

Lunch - Trent Connection (Swing & rock).
Support - Samba Dancers and Drummers.
Evening - Midnight Pumpkin Trucks (rock).
Support - Backline (blues).

Herron Brothers.


Yuleys Bratwurst - traditional German grilled sausage including the 20"er.
Pipers Crisps - all your favourite crisps.
Odd Fellows Chocolate - hand-made chocolate including the scorpion death chocolate.
Patel Catering - Curries, onion bhajis and samosas.
Morgans Cheese - cheese, pickles and porkpies.
Sophie's Snacks - savoury snacks that contain beer.

For further information contact the acting Chairman, Russ Gilbert  on 07909 967142 or email