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The Oast Beer & MUSIC Festival
Unfortunately the Oast festival will not take place for Summer 2023.

Please check our Facebook page for updates on possible festival dates later this year

The first Beer and Music festival celebrating the Oast's 40th Anniversary took place at The Oast, Granary Close, Rainham, Kent ME8 7SG in June 2018. The festival was organised by four real ale enthusiasts raising over £5000 for the Oast community centre. The second festival in 2019 raised nearly £6000 so lets try to beat that this year!

The Oast festival runs from 12pm - 10:30pm each day. Click here to view important event guidelines

Online ticket sales will open soon. Your ticket allows you entry on both days with your festival glass.

For 2023 we will again have Kentish wines as well as beer and cider to give more selection of drinks.

Food will be available with Savoury snacks, hot dogs, burgers and other choices.

Photos and video from 2018 & 2019 are on the Oast Festival Facebook page

Oast Beer Festival Rainham


Bands will be playing from 6pm in the Wakeley Hall, follow the signs or the sound to find them! We will also have vocalists performing outside on Saturday afternoon from 3pm.

Friday 23rd June from 6pm


Saturday 24th June from 3pm


Beer Selection

There will be 30 Kent beers from local breweries including a new batch of our unique beer "Toast to the Oast" brewed especially for the festival as well as a selection of the popular Dudda's Tun ciders. We will also have a selection of white and red wines from Meophams vineyard.

In 2022 we will have beers from new Kent breweries so keep an eye out on our Facebook page.

The 2019 full beer list is available here

About The Festival

The festival has been organised by real ale enthusiasts to raise funds for the Oast centre restoration which is a registered charity. The Oast was acquired by Rainham & Wigmore Community Association in the early 1970s and was converted to open as the current community centre in 1978. Originally known as Wakeley's Oast the building was constructed in the 1890s and in use for drying hops until 1960s when it became disused. There are major works required to the building and the funds raised will help towards this essential maintenance


The difficult bit for any festival - the guidelines to make it run smoothly! We've tried to make it straightforward so hopefully it makes an enjoyable event for everyone. We have food stalls raising funds for the Oast for when you get hungry and it's a beer festival so we can't allow other booze to be brought in

- Over 18s only (no children) - ID may be required
- No dogs on site except guide dogs
- No alcohol to be brought onto the site
- Only food bought on site to be consumed but you can leave site to eat elsewhere
- Beer and cider may only be dispensed in festival glasses
- Please keep hold of your glass - only 1 glass per entry
- Last admission time is 9.30pm

How does the festival work?

Entry on both days is £5 at the gate, it's over 18s only so you may need ID if you're lucky to look younger. The entry fee gets you into the festival to see the bands and you'll get a programme and a commemorative festival glass.

Once inside you can collect your glass and buy vouchers for the beer and cider. The vouchers cost £10 and are cards marked up with amounts from 10p to £1 that total £10. The beer and cider bar is located in the kiln adjacent to the car park, it doesn't take cash and is vouchers only. You can order each beer as pints or halves. When you've chosen your beer or cider please order by the number in the programme and on the barrel and the amount will be marked off your voucher card.

Once you have paid for your entry/glass you can visit on both days for the one entry fee of £5.

Food stalls will be located outside the Oast and selling things like gourmet sausages, pizza, Indian snacks and burgers.

There is no parking on site. Unless you're sticking to soft drinks we'd recommend coming by train or using one of the local taxi firms to get to the festival. For designated drivers there is a large pay & display car park opposite the Oast on Station Road.

The Oast Centre Rainham as it is now

Oast Kent Beer festival Rainham

The Oast in 1970 before conversion to community centre

Oasthouse Beer & Music festival


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