2015 Admission & Tickets


Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival


Nottingham Castle - Wednesday 7th to Saturday 10th October 2015

Commemorative Glass 2015

Update - Friday, 2nd October 2015


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Since Nottingham’s annual Beer Festival moved to the Castle in 2008 attendances have increased considerably every year, meaning that the grounds are at capacity during peak periods despite our adding ever more covered areas to increase capacity.

The castle and its grounds are an ancient monument, which is owned and operated by the city council, and understandably they are concerned that attendances should not exceed comfortable and safe levels. Our sessions are NOT ALL TICKET, allowing us to admit some pay on the gate customers daily. However the actual number we are able to accommodate is incumbent on the weather and marquee capacity.

So when are the best and least favourable times to attempt entry without an advance ticket?

Wednesday Evening - There is usually plenty of space and gaining entry at the gate is highly unlikely to be limited in any way.

Thursday – Pay on the gate admissions are unlikely to be limited although this cannot be guaranteed, so it would be sensible to buy an advance ticket.

Friday - The earlier in the day you arrive the better your chances of gaining entry by paying on the gate. Once capacity is reached, typically by mid to late afternoon, it reverts to “one in”/“one out” with long queues very likely.

Saturday - By 9.30am we usually find that a queue of would be cash payers has started to form and sometimes we are having to operate a one in one out system by as early as 12 noon. Cash admission is discounted to £10 after 7.30pm on Saturday evening, when numbers have eased off and paying on the gate should be possible, with hopefully no or only limited queues.

This is the best indication of cash admissions that we are able to project based on previous years and is not absolute. (See Q&A No. 8 for detailed information)


Tickets Are Going On Sale For Nottingham's Annual World Beating Beer & Cider Extravaganza.  Yes, the beer and cider festival that offers the world’s biggest selection of draught cask conditioned beers and over 200 real ciders is back brighter and bigger than ever.

Please note that, once purchased, tickets are strictly non-exchangeable and non-refundable

Check your final details before check-out and payment!

Tickets went on sale at 9am on Monday 1st June, so get in early as last year Friday and Saturday tickets had sold out by early August.

The festival is again being held in the wonderful grounds of Nottingham Castle right in the city centre and as in previous years will not be all-ticket. A full programme of entertainment will again be offered all day from Wednesday evening to Saturday, on the Victorian bandstand.


Tickets are again being sold as a package, which includes a commemorative glass (refundable at £2.50) and either 10 or 15 beer tokens (refundable at 50p each) - two tokens will buy you a third of most beers and ciders and three will buy a half pint. Note that beer prices have been held yet again, which means £3 a pint for all but the strongest beers and ciders. CAMRA members are given a further five tokens on production of a current membership card on entry.

You can bring your own Govt. stamped glass if you wish - but if you want to drink thirds it must have a third of a pint line on it as we will have no measures available. Customers can opt to take an extra 5 tokens in lieu of a commemorative tankard if they wish.

The package price for all day, any time, admission on Thursday is £17.50 which is the same price as last year when you factor in the additional (refundable) tokens. On Friday and Saturday  the price will be £20, again these prices include more beer tokens than in previous years. On the Wednesday evening this price is discounted to a bargain £10 and the same price is offered for, cash payers only, on Saturday evenings, although in both cases admission will only include ten tokens.

'EarlyBird' tickets are available on Friday and Saturday for those who wish to enter the festival before 1pm, but please be aware there are no pass-outs or re-admissions. This is for advance ticket holders only, not for customers paying on the gate, and the discounted price for EarlyBird tickets is £17.50. Customers with an EarlyBird ticket will not be admitted after 1:00pm and the tickets are not refundable.

Cash entry will be possible at the full prices quoted above (no EarlyBird discounts). However entry is dependent on available space in the grounds and there may be queues at peak times, and occasionally cash entry will have to be suspended altogether. This is why we strongly recommend you buy advance tickets to this massively popular event, as this guarantees access.

So go on get your advance tickets NOW - you know it makes sense!

Tickets can be purchased online 24 hours a day at SeeTickets.com, transaction fees apply, or over the counter with no transaction fees at the Nottingham Tourism Centre, Smithy Row - Opening hours: Monday to Saturday – 9:30am to 5:30pm, plus Sundays in July and August from 11am - 5pm.

Nottingham Tourism Centre Details

Address: 1-4 Smithy Row, Nottingham NG1 2BY

Phone: 0844 477 5678



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Additional Information

HOW TO PAY AT THE GATE here (revised document 26.05.2015)

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Page updated 15th September 2015