FAQ

Where is the Festival?

We are under a big top tent on The Oval, having recently moved to better facilities at this site on Bohemia Road. Our Postcode is TN34 1EU

What are the opening hours?

Gates open at 18:00 on each night. The bar will close at 23:00 and we’ll be sending you into town at 23:30. Saturday Afternoon Events run from 12 till 5 and then we close for an hour to prepare for our Saturday Evening event.

How do I get to the festival?

The event is a 20 minute walk from Hastings Railway Station. Bus routes 99, 101, 100 and 24 all run past the event site. If you’re coming from the north, follow the signs for the White Rock Theatre as you enter Hastings, you’ll go past the Police Station and then the Travelodge before you see the big top tent in front of you.

Is there car parking on site?

Unfortunately there is no car parking on site. Various car parks are available in the local vicinity including Summerfields, Falaise Road, White Rock Gardens and on street parking. Please be considerate of local residents. We strongly recommend that you use public transport or book a taxi.

What is there to drink?

With Europe’s longest bar, for one weekend only, we have got over 100 real ales in our brand new Ale Bar. You can also enjoy a selection of lagers, ciders, wines and spirits. We’ve also got a Pimms bar for those hot summers evenings. Many of our drinks are produced locally here in East Sussex. There’s certainly something for everyone.

Do I get a Festival Tankard?

Yes! These are famous around Hastings, and some people collect them. They are included in your admission price, so please take one as you go through the entrance tent. These are limited so get there early to guarantee you get one.

How much does it cost to get in?

Thursday (Battle of Hastings Proms) – £18 in advance, £22 on the gate.

Friday & Saturday – £12.50 in advance, £15 on the gate

Saturday Afternoon – £2 adults, £1 for Children or £5 for a family ticket (2 adults & up to 3 children)

Why do I have to pay to get in?

The cost of putting on a festival of this scale is very significant and our admission charges go towards covering some of the outlay on things such as marquee hire, fencing, generators, toilet facilities, bar equipment & scaffolding. Any profits we make are handed over to the Hastings Round Table for distribution to local good causes. So you’re paying to help us make money for charity!

Can I bring my own food and alcohol?

Due to licensing restrictions, we do not allow anyone to bring alcohol into the event. You are welcome to bring a picnic on the Thursday Proms Night.

Are Children allowed?

Our Friday and Saturday Evening event are strictly for Over 18s. Under 18s are more than welcome to attend the proms event on the Thursday Night

Is there food available?

Yes, there will be a wide variety of hot and cold foods encompassing cuisines from around the world including numerous vegetarian options.

Are there any cash points on site?

Please bring plenty of cash as there are no cashpoints within the beer festival and we don’t take card payments at the bar.

Do you need any volunteers?

We’re all volunteers, even our committee so we always welcome enquiries from those wishing to volunteer at the event. Please email info@hbmf.co.uk with your details. We have an amazing team of volunteers who come back year after year so are not always looking for new ones. That said, we’ll keep your details on file in case we need more.

Can you recommend some local accommodation?

Hastings offers a variety of hotels, B&Bs, holiday cottages, campsites, glamping and much much more to suit any budget.

www.visit1066country.com will be able to offer you a good selection.

I’ve lost something at the festival, who should I contact?

We keep a record of any found property and retain this for a minimum of 6 months. Please contact info@hbmf.co.uk and we’ll take a look if we’ve got your item.

Are you on twitter and facebook?

Of Course!

Twitter – @hastingsbeer
Facebook – www.facebook.com/hastingsbeer