For many years people have attended the festival without buying a ticket, and for many years we have turned a blind eye to this. Some of those people have come with friends with tickets, some as a group with no tickets and a slab of cans. From 2018 we had to change this.
We restrict access to ticket holders only, and non drinkers attending with non-ticket holders (e.g. Designated Drivers). Anyone drinking alcoholic drinks without without a festival wrist band will be drinking alcohol in a licensed area without permission, and will be asked to leave.
There will be a bag check at each of the entry points to the site.
If people continue in coming to Devizes Beer Festival without a ticket they are threatening the future of the festival. This could mean forcing us to move to a new venue, or possibly cancel the festival altogether. All of us in Devizes CAMRA consider the home Devizes Beer Festival to be the Wharf. However the festival has to be safe.