First World War Theme for 2014 and Other News

We had our second planning meeting last night. This years theme will be World War 1 in recognition of the 100 year anniversary and we are currently talking to the British Legion about how we do this sensibly.

As usual we are currently working hard to sort out and plan all the beer, entertainment and music. We expect to bring you a wide range of beers from different breweries plus some of the old favourites.  The bands are currently being lined up and we expect to have music on all three days.

Keep checking the site for news and as always if you want to volunteer, then get in touch.

See you soon!

Donations Update

Beer Festival KnightThanks for all the requests for donations. We have had a meeting and are in the process of handing out the donations so watch this space. As soon as we have completed this we will let you know which good causes we have chosen to sponsor. The 2014 Beer Festival is as always set for the first bank holiday weekend in May (Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th). We are hoping to make it better and bigger and look forward to seeing there! As always we need volunteers to help with the set up and also the clear up so if you are interested then get in touch.

Apply For Donations

Beer Festival KnightAre you a local good cause looking to raise funds for a particular event or purchase?

The Independent Baldock Beer Festival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a unpaid committee. We put on a family friendly, community focused festival each May Day Bank Holiday weekend at Brandles School, Baldock, because we are passionate about real ale, real cider and in raising a bit of money for local good causes. We are not affiliated to any organisations or businesses in Baldock and any surplus money we make each year goes to both ensuring that we can continue to run a better beer festival each year and in donations to ‘local’ good causes. In the last year we have helped the following organisations:

Baldock Senior Citizens (minibus upkeep)
Cancer Research UK (contribution matching public donations at this year’s festival)
Baldock Town Youth Football Club
Brandles School
Baldock Town Partnership (“Baldock Beast” half marathon and ‘Baldock Day’ children’s entertainment)
Baldock Scouts
Baldock Guides
Magic Moments pre-school
Brandles School PTA
Hartsfield School PTA
Baldock Town Hall Partnership restoration fund (a community based project to preserve and develop the Town Hall for the use of the people of Baldock).

Our event has grown in popularity and size over the last 6 years with 2013 being another successful year. Since inception we have received and considered, requests from local good causes and have donated sums in varying amounts. We now have a further £5,000 to donate.

We would like to invite tenders from local groups, sports clubs, schools and un-funded charities who both consider themselves a worthy cause and who are looking for additional assistance in relation to specific projects (as opposed to general funding). Please contact us by email ( or contact us providing sufficient information for us to consider matters in full i.e. a bit about your organisation, what your specific fund raising activity/project is, its financial parameters, progress to-date, what amount would make a difference and why etc. We will consider the request and see what we can do to help.

Please submit all requests by November 15th 2013

We look forward to doing it all again and seeing you all again at the 7th Independent Baldock Beer Festival in May 2014!

Cancer Research Donation £460

We are pleased to announce that we raised £460 from the cuddly toy raffle. Brent  was able to hand over a cheque to the Cancer Research shop in Tring last week. A big thank you to all who dug deep to purchase a ticket.

We are closed today

CommitteeTrainPlease note that we are closed today, but if you would still like to volunteer to help us clear up today then you are more than welcome to come down (meet us at 10 am at the school). We would like to thank everyone who came and supported us this year and made it the biggest and the best festival ever. As always a special thanks must go out to all the volunteers. We could not put on this event without them. If you have any comments or would like to get involved next year then feel free to contact us and let us know!

We’re open at 5pm!

VolunteersWell the day has arrived. We are open today from 5pm! Beers are all ready. We have a few changes to the beer list (I’ll change the beer list on here asap but nothing major). Remember we will have beer list printed and ready for you so save your paper and pick take one of ours. Ciders are arriving throughout the day and continental beers are all nicely chilled.

Music tonight is tribute themed (Freddie Mecury / Thin Lizzy and ACDC) that kicks off around 6pm.

The Comet published an article about us and just want to clear up a few errors in that. We are not Balstock and we are not raising money exclusively for Mencap. Balstock will be here supporting us by putting on the acoustic stage (and raising money for themselves). Also Mr Speaker will be on the acoustic stage Saturday and they will be raising money for Mencap. Both great causes so dig deep into those pockets and help them raise as much as they can as the acoustic stage is being put on for free! For your enjoyment.

Enough said see you at 5! (bring a coat later – chilly……. Or get your beer coat on!)

Opening Times

Beer Festival KnightA week to go until the beer festival opens so here’s a reminder of the opening times:

  • Friday 3rd          5pm – 11pm

  • Saturday 4th     12pm – 11pm 

  • Sunday 5th       12pm – 8pm

We are not open bank holiday Monday (a few always turn up – you know who you are!) but if you want to help us clear up the site ready for the school to open on Tuesday then come along 🙂

Please remember that there’s lots of events on Saturday and Sunday afternoon to keep the kids occupied, take any rubbish back home with you and note there is no parking whatsoever on site.

See you next weekend!

Beer lists available

Beer Festival KnightGood new! Both foreign beer and real ale lists are now on the website. They’re only basic lists at the moment and we’ll add tasting notes as soon as we erm…. taste them! There is likely to be some changes due to availability at breweries but we will definitely have over 60 different ales this year.

As usual we will be selling collectable glasses (both pint and halves) and for the first time this year we are producing a limited number of festival t shirts so get them while you can.

See you soon!


Bands Confirmed

Beer Festival KnightAll bands have now been confirmed so check the band page. London Road Studios are sponsoring the main stage and Balstock and Mr Speaker are running the acoustic stage for us. As always entry is free and the music is loud!

The acts on the acoustic stage are all performing for free to raise money for this years Balstock festival and on Saturday Mr Speaker will be raising money for Mencap so give them support and chuck some money in their tins if you can spare it.