FAQs

General

Well behaved dogs are welcome and should be under the control of their owners at all times.  We also provide water bowls (and water!).

Free tap water is available at the bars.  Other soft drinks may be purchased from the foreign beer bar of from food vendors.

You are welcome to bring into the festival you own food and soft drinks.

We do not allow any alcohol from outside the festival to be brought in or consumed within the venue.

We forecast to the best of our ability the amount of beer to order to provide a great selection throughout the festival.   Usually there is less selection available on Saturday as it is the last day of the festival,  however we have breweries on hold for further orders if required.

We have tables and chairs available on a first come first served basis.  If dry you may wish to sit on the grass, otherwise feel free to bring a blanket or a folding chair.

Please do offer seats to those less able to stand and do not reserve seats for those who have not arrived.

Marquee cover is reduced this year, and we are unfortunately unable to permit chairs within the covered areas.  If rain is forecast please consider appropriate clothing as shelter will be limited.

We have to operate to a strict limit on numbers in the festival.

At peak times, i.e. after 5pm on weekdays there may be a short queue as we process admissions,  we aim to keep queuing to a minimum and queuing time rarely exceeds 10 mins.

If we are extremely busy we may need to introduce a ‘one out, one in’ policy and you may have to queue for longer, we hope that you will accordingly appreciate why this is.

Advanced tickets are available offering guaranteed priority entry in a fast track queue.

Although they are unpaid volunteers, a number of our stewards are fully SIA accredited so please take notice of any announcements or requests from our stewards. Their only aim is to keep you safe.

Our staff have the same legal rights and obligations as pub licensees and can refuse admittance. For security reasons a bag check may be required. We require proof of age for those under 25. Anyone who is behaving in a way which is likely to cause a danger to others will be told to leave the event.

Children under 18 are allowed in free until 6pm, if accompanied by an adult.   Children must be accompanied at all times by a family member over 18 years old.  For safety reasons we request that all children leave the site by 8pm, or shortly after. Basic baby changing facilities are in the accessible toilet facility. 

Pricing and Payment

Running a festival of this size has significant infrastructure and park hire costs, even though none of our volunteers are paid!

Beer and Ciders are priced in-line with CAMRA’s pricing policy.

All our beer is purchased from the breweries or beer distribution companies on normal commercial terms.

Ealing Beer Festival follows CAMRA guidelines in charging what is reasonable for the area without seriously undercutting local pubs or excessive overcharging.

We operate a drinks token card system for payment at the bars to improve the speed of service. Cards are available at admissions and sales points in the bar.  Any remaining credit is fully refundable at sales points, or may be donated to the festival charity (box at admissions/exit).

Drinks token cards may be purchased by cash or using debit and credit cards including contactless. 

Note: drinks token cards cannot be used at food traders. 

Ticketing

Advance entry guarantees priority entry in a fast track queue.

Yes, please ensure you obtain a pass-out wristband from the admissions area before leaving the site.  You can then come and go as many time as you wish during that day.