Farnham Beerex has been running for forty five years in the same location, the Farnham Maltings. 2023 was the 45th annual Beer Festival run by the original groups that came together for the first festival: Farnham Lions Club and CAMRA.
The entire event is run by volunteers and 100% of the proceeds go to charity.
The dates for the next Beerex in 2024 are now 18th, 19th and 20th April 2024. On each of the three days there is an evening session that starts at 6.00pm and ends at 11.00pm. On the Friday and Saturday there is an additional lunchtime session that starts at 11am and ends at 3pm and continuing from 2022 we will allow entry from the queue at 10.45am for the lunchtime sessions, enabling you to find your chosen first tipple and be ready for us to serve you at 11.00am! The Thursday evening and Friday lunchtime sessions from provide additional quieter sessions for those wishing to have more space - the feedback was so positive in 2022 from those that enjoy a quieter session that we have included the Friday lunchtime session again for 2023, and in 2023 we will limit numbers at the Thursday evening and Friday lunchtime sessions to allow those wanting easier movement to enjoy the festival.
We have different live bands playing at each session, and the entry ticket entitles the holder to entry, the entertainment, a commemorative Poly Glass and a programme.
Beer is purchased by buying token cards that are then exchanged for any one of the beers, ciders or perries around three halls. Typically there are about 60 different beers and ales, and about fifty barrels or boxes of cider and perry. Beer prices are rising dramatically but we aim to provide ales substantially cheaper than you will find in many pubs in the area.
Who are Farnham Lions?
In number we are over 40, in outlook we are broad, as regards gender and age we are a mixed club, both young and old, male and female.
The main thing is that we have a common interest in serving those less fortunate than ourselves in our community, and enjoying good fellowship and fun along the way.The strong female membership of the club has a very positive impact and the broad spread of experience both professional and vocational is a strength to all involved. Many of our members are still in full time employment.
All members have every opportunity to fully participate as they wish at every level within the club.
We all enjoy a glass of beer or wine (or two...) or something soft as well as a good chat, even in the midst of our more earnest activities.
None of us believes we are more important than those we seek to serve.
And what does that all amount to...... in most years we raise around £80,000 - £100,000 for distribution and support of our community.
To find out more visit: www.farnhamlions.org.uk
Lions Clubs International
Lions Clubs International is the world's largest service club organisation with 1.3 million members in approximately 45,000 clubs in 205 countries.
Lions are men and women who volunteer their time for humanitarian causes. Founded in 1917 by Melvin Jones, our motto is simply "We Serve".