The Thornbridge Beer festival is a weekend of camping and all things craft beer in the Peak District. It’s organised by Thornbridge Brewery in Bakewell which has been brewing in the area for over ten years.
Taste Crafty Beer
Winners of ‘Best Drinks Producer’ in the BBC Food and Farming Awards in 2014, the Thornbridge Brewery is considered to be one of the pioneers of the UK’s craft beer movement. It has a state-of-the-art brewery in Bakewell which is open for brewery tours as well as an on-site shop.
Have a Peak Weekender
In 2014, the first Thornbridge Beer Festival was hosted in the grounds of an Outward Bound Centre in the middle of the Peak District. It was so successful the Brewery organised one the following year. Entry to the event was free and there was just a small charge for a camping pitch.
Enjoy Beer Festival Fun
Expect classrooms converted into bars serving their cask, keg and bottled beers from Thornbridge (but also a selection of other craft brewers), music and street food. There’s family fun too in the form of activities such as adventure trails and abseiling.
- Camping pitches are limited so book ahead to secure a place
- The Brewery is open all weekend for drop in tours
- The Original Hall Brewery is also open for tours during the festival (booking required)
PLACES TO STAY NEARBY
The Devonshire Arms at Beeley – a stylish and welcoming country pub located on the Chatsworth Estate with 14 tastefully decorated rooms and a restaurant. It’s dog-friendly too. A great base for exploring the Peak District.
The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley – a handy 20 minute walk from the Chatsworth Estate, like its sister pub in Beeley, the Devonshire Arms is owned by the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. Expect great food, a warm welcome and elegant furnishings. Dogs can come too.
River Cottage in Bakewell- an 18th Century, 5-star Boutique Bed & Breakfast with a riverside garden.
Poppy’s Barn – a self-catering holiday cottage that sleeps four. It’s dog-friendly too.
Fantastic fun for me but please check with Thornbridge Brewery directly to see if I’m allowed on the campsite.