WHERE: Nottingham, England
WHEN: from 11 to 14 October 2023
Nottingham, Sherwood Forest, Robin Hood and an amazing variety of beers. If you were wondering what they all have in common, the answer is the… Robin Hood Nottingham Beer and Cider Festival. It is an annual event that takes place, as usual, in October in the beautiful English city.
Festival organizers pride themselves on offering one of the largest beer selections in the world. And the numbers are quite telling. In 2016 alone, over 1200 different qualities of beer were offered: truly impressive! And, as the name of the show indicates, there will be no shortage of cider, with around 200 different qualities. And, just to not miss anything, you will also find a wide selection of soft drinks, local wine and even tea and coffee. The most demanding and those who suffer from particular intolerances, can choose from a wide selection of gluten-free beers and vegan beers.
You will find, as usual, numerous RES Beers, that is, beers of Great Reserve and quality. On Saturday evening, about a hundred beers offered exclusively for the occasion. Like any good self-respecting Beer Festival, there will be live musical performances, and a vast gastronomic selection, with local specialties scattered among the various stands.
Are you ready, too, to participate in this beautiful event?
The Nottingham Beer and Cider Festival is perfectly accessible by people with reduced mobility. Admission to animals is not allowed. Furthermore, it is reminded that only adults can participate, and an identification document that certifies the age is mandatory.
The plane is the most convenient way to reach Nottingham. The international airport East Midlands, about 25 km from the city, it is connected with direct flights to numerous destinations. From the airport, the modern Airlink bus allows you to reach Nottingham city center in a short time, at very reasonable prices.
The 2023 edition of the event takes place at Trent Bridge, the historic home of Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club. The venue is located in West Bridgford (NG2 6AG), in close proximity to both Nottingham Forest and County Notts football clubs, a couple of kilometers from the city center, and 1500 meters from the train station.
The area is well served by public transport and the efficient bus service. The lines pass through the railway station and reach Bridgford Road and Radcliffe Road, the two entry points of the Festival. Bus lines 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 11C, 22, 23, 33, 33X, 90 can be used.
The Festival opens Wednesday, from 4pm to 11pm. From Thursday to Saturday, admission from 11am to 11pm.
TICKETS can be purchased online on the official website, or directly at the cash desk. The ticket includes a commemorative glass and 9 samples for 3 half pints of beer and cider. The entrance ticket for Wednesday or Thursday costs £13. Friday and Saturday, the price is £23.
For an even more complete experience, the more expensive “Hospitality Experience” tickets are available. They are available on Friday and Saturday only, at a cost of £49 per person, and include:
Hybrid Igloo is an excellent value for money hostel, located in the city center just 700metri from Nottingham Castle. At 45€ per night, you can secure a double room with a shared bathroom, or, paying for something more, a deluxe room with private bathroom.
Who does not love the hostel solution, and was inclined to stay further from the center, there is Bridgford Hall Birchover. It is about 2 km from the Castle and offers rooms equipped with all comforts.
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