Our volunteers

The Beer Festival is staffed by unpaid volunteers with around 400 people turning up to help us at some time or other. The majority of these are CAMRA members with a small number of non members who are invited specially for the event.

We need you - click here to sign up: Volunteer form


During festival open days (Tuesday 20th to Saturday 24th August), we require staff to serve behind our bars, work the tombola, pub games, cider, wine and bottled beers. We also have a variety of other jobs, so those who prefer not to pour pints can usually be found something else to do. Making sure our volunteers are well looked after is of paramount importance to the organisers. We believe that Peterborough Beer Festival is one of the more generous festivals in the country and our previous volunteers have enjoyed their time with us.
If you live in the city area we provide free transport home at night. All staff will receive a complimentary festival glass and discount on festival clothing.
Free camping is available but is based upon first come first served. We cannot guarantee a camping space unless pre booked. Tent size should be as small as possible.
As many will know, the festival has extensive catering facilities, providing extremely good value food. Substantial meals are provided for our volunteers, for just a nominal £2. Take a look at a previous year's menu for the staff restaurant Staff Restaurant menus 2017. Tickets can be purchased at the staff bar. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are available at all times free of charge.

Your Staff Bar

The staff bar opens at 12noon and closes at 2pm.(you will need to use your tokens). It will not re-open until the main bars have closed - at 11pm (free beer - no tokens required). Beers on the bar will include some that aren't available to the general public. A list will be available in due course.

Please read, things have changed once more.

There's more staff information in the handbook. A copy will be sent to you in the post but you can click here to open or download now PBF Staff Handbook 2018
Also, for your own peace of mind, please see our Health&Safety Policy Document 2019
You will also be supplied with a copy of the national CAMRA Volunteers Handbook. But you can view or download a copy here: CAMRA Volunteers' Handbook

Managing staffing numbers

We require most of our volunteers to work on our busiest days which are Thursday, Friday and Saturday. As Tuesday and Wednesday are fairly quiet we usually have far more staff than we need. It is for this reason that some volunteers wishing to work on these 2 days may not be required and we will unfortunately have to ask you to volunteer for Thursday onwards.
We also require volunteers before the festival opens as there is lots of work to be done. From putting up security fencing to taking deliveries, from hanging posters to setting out chairs and everything else in between. When that has been done we're ready for the festival to start
If you think that you can help then please complete our Volunteer form. Please note that all staff must pre-register. You cannot just turn up and expect to work.
All staff will receive written confirmation and a staffing number as soon as possible after applying

Our promise about the information you provide us

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) takes your privacy very seriously. Peterborough and District CAMRA branch are collecting your data so that we can contact you about the Peterborough Beer Festival. We will only contact you in relation to this specific event. We will treat your data as outlined in our privacy policy.
Please visit www.camra.org.uk/privacypolicy for further information. We will keep your information for a maximum of 15 months and only use it to contact you in relation to the festival. We will process your data in accordance with the 2018 General Data Protection Regulations.
If you have any concerns regarding data protection please contact us at ku.gro.armac@noitcetorpatad

We need you - click here to sign up: Volunteer form