Coronavirus: CAMRA cancels Great British Beer Festival

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has cancelled its flagship Great British Beer Festival, which was due to take place at Olympia in London from 4 to 8 August. The event has been running for more than 40 years.

A full refund for anyone who has bought an advanced ticket will be processed automatically within five to ten days.

Great British Beer Festival organiser Catherine Tonry said, “While we hope restrictions on movement will ease by August, it’s clear we won’t have the resources available to organise an event this size during the current crisis. We know this will be incredibly disappointing for many of our volunteers who regularly travel from all corners of the country to help pull pints throughout the week. We want to thank them all for their help each year and hope they will be able to join us in 2021.”

Last week CAMRA cancelled all forthcoming events and beer festivals until the end of June, including its members’ weekend, annual general meeting and conference in York, and the inaugural Great Welsh Beer Festival, which were both due to take place in April.

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