Cheers! Beer fest bus deal just the ticket

Elspeth the Elephant
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Thousands of Campaign for Real Ale members visiting the 31st Luton Beer and Cider Festival can travel at reduced rates on certain services thanks to support from local bus company Arriva.

The festival runs from Thursday, February 20 to Saturday, February 22 and CAMRA members will be able to travel for child rate by showing their membership cards to drivers on services 101, 102 and Service A on the Luton-Dunstable Busway.

Arriva regional marketing manager Linsey Frostick said: “We are delighted to be able to support this event and travelling to the festival by bus is the sensible way to travel there and make the most of the drinks on offer!”

Festival organiser Mike Coombes said: “The beer and cider festival venue, Active Luton’s excellent High Town Community Sports and Arts Centre, is a really short walk from the fantastic new interchange. It makes perfect sense to get there and back by bus.

“CAMRA is a strong advocate for enjoying drinks responsibly and safely. Being able to travel to and from the festival on reliable public transport is an enormous benefit. As well as enjoying free entry to this year’s festival, paid-up members of CAMRA from Hitchin, Stevenage and Dunstable will be able to save on travel, too.”

It’s the eighth year in a row that the South Bedfordshire CAMRA event has been held at the venue between Concorde Street and York Street.

As well as a vast choice of natural real ales, real ciders (apples) and real perries (pears) there’s a wide selection of bottled beers from Belgium, Germany and elsewhere. Hot and cold food, provided by Active Luton, will be available at all sessions up to 9pm, (only cold food between 3 & 5:30pm).

There’s live entertainment (in the Theatre Hall only) on Friday and Saturday evenings. On Friday the Electric Uke Orchestra will perform and on Saturday it’s Cerberus. Visitors will also be able to join CAMRA, the benefits of which include free entry to many beer festivals.

Paid up CAMRA members get in free to this year’s festival while non-members pay £3 on Thursday and Friday and £2 on Saturday.

The festival website is at for more details.