Clitheroe Beer Festival

The next Clitheroe Beer Festival will run at St Michael & St John’s Assembly Room in Clitheroe from May 13-15, 2021. Try over 60 real ales, ciders and perries and enjoy live music and food on site…

Clitheroe Beer Festival Postponed

It is with much regret that we have to announce the postponement of May 2020s forthcoming Clitheroe Beer Festival, due to COVID-19 restrictions. Our committee have worked extremely hard for the last six months to bring you what promised to be an exceptional festival! However, we will be back! We are currently investigating dates later in the year, but may have to postpone until the same time next year, watch this space for updates.

We are obviously very grateful to all our sponsors, with whom we will be in touch soon, and will continue to promote them on social media. As we always do, we will continue to support our local pubs, bars, brewers and distributors in the best way we can through these uncertain times. Stay safe everyone.


Over 60 Cask Ales

We’ll have over 60 cask ales for you plus a Key Keg bar – PLUS a great selection of ciders and perries. If you’re into beer but your friends aren’t we’ll have a Gin & Rum bar in 2021 too!

Entry to Clitheroe Beer Festival 2021 is FREE for CAMRA members or £3 per day for non members (£4 after 6pm).


Just as in 2019 we’ll be sourcing some VERY special Festival Ales, some will be brewed just for us. 2021 Festival Ale Beer Brewers so far include Avid, Chainhouse (collaborating with Preston Beer Gals), Crankshaft, Moorhouses (collaborating with Clitheroe Homebrew Club), Strata, Twisted Magnolia and Worsthorne. Click the graphics above to learn more about these excellent breweries and we’ll have more news on these soon. We’ll have some very special Beer Related Events too – watch this space!

We’ll provide a link to our provisional beer list by February 2021 so do check back…

Special Festival Ales

To give you an idea of what’s in store for 2021, the wonderful breweries below brewed special festival ales for Clitheroe Beer Festival 2019 – our festival goers were thrilled to be among the first to taste them: 

Avid Brewing Co – Catherine The Great  Russian Imperial Stout 10% ABV Avid has brewed this fabulous stout in memory of Catherine Snelling, dark beer lover and former Clitheroe Beer Festival Organiser 

Bowland BreweryHoney Porter Festival Ale 6% – Especially brewed for this festival using chocolate, four different malts, East Kent goldings and locally sourced honey from
@thebeecentre. Remember to be kind to Bees, we need them!

Chain House Brew Co  and Avid Brewery – Gimbal – a hazy Pale Ale at 4.5% – collaboratively brewed as a on a one-off special brew just for CBF

Farm Yard Ales – Mild Peat – 3.7% – Steve Dilworth from the Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton went up to  Farm Yard Ales to help brew their popular 3.7% Mild Peat to a new recipe.

Neptune Brewery – Hear The Sirens – a Russian Imperial Stout 10% – Especially created for CBF by Clitheroe’s own beer writer and blogger Katie Taylor and the @ladiesthatbeer. A luscious imperial stout with rich dark chocolate and caramel flavours, giving way to roasted coffee. 


The Wild Side

Our festival theme for CBF2021 is ‘The Wild Side’.  So take a walk on it with us …choose a third, half or pint at CBF2021 and get ticking them off!


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 CBF2021 for just £75 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 13 May!

NEW FOR 2021! – Corporate Table, reserve a table for 6 or 8 guests on Thurs 13 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. 


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. We’ve held 2019 prices too…

Live Music

We’ll have live music from local bands on Friday and Saturday evenings. For 2020 we had British Rock, Indie & Pop band The Blue Bloods booked for Friday and Bridle City Lights (pictured) a Pop / Rock band who play music from all eras for Saturday.

Visitor Information

 Clitheroe Beer Festival 2021 runs from Thurs 13 – Sat 15 May 2021*  times at base of site

Our venue is The Assembly Hall of St Michaels & St Johns – aka ‘The Old Schoolrooms’
It’s FREE to enter for card carrying CAMRA members or £3 entry per day for non-members (£4 after 6pm).
Buy a ‘starter card’ for £10 on entry.
Starter card includes half or pint glass hire of £3 and £7 worth of drinks tokens.
Further top-up cards of £10 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 £3 hire fee back.

NB! We don’t take plastic so please do bring cash, there are plenty of cashpoints nearby 


Thanks to our 2021 Sponsors so far…

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?

Indeed we are! You can Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter (icons below) and can message us on either platform or click the button below to email us



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


Thu 13 May, 4.30pm-9.30pm*
Fri 14 May, 11.30am-11pm
Sat 15 May, 11.30am-11pm

*Sponsors, trade & CAMRA only