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The Oast Beer Festival
22 & 23 June 2018

Our Beer and Music festival celebrating the Oast's 40th Anniversary took place at The Oast, Granary Close, Rainham, Kent ME8 7SG on Friday 22 & Saturday 23 June 2018. The festival was organised by four real ale enthusiasts to raise funds for the Oast centre restoration.

Thanks to everyone who attended and all the volunteers who helped to make the festival such a success.

As the festival went so well we're now looking to make this annual event so keep an eye out for the 2019 dates which will be announced shortly. If you're looking for other local festivals the Rotary Club Beer and Cider festival takes place on 21 July at Star Meadow

If you attended the festival and would like to leave a review on the Oast Festival Facebook page it would be great to hear from you

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Oast Beer Festival Rainham


Friday 22nd (Music arranged by Careful Now Promotions)

Darren Hayman
Theatre Royal
Stuart Turner and The Flat Earth Society

Saturday 23rd June

Ancient Orange
Ravella Bridge
Love Reptiles
Tinfoil Hats

Beer Selection

There are 40 Kent beers from local breweries including a unique beer "Toast to the Oast" brewed especially for the festival as well as a selection of the popular Dudda's Tun ciders. The full beer list is here and cider list here.

We will have beers from the following Kent breweries:

Four Candles
Angels and Demons
Canterbury Ales
Dartford Wobbler
Goody Ales
Hop Fuzz
Iron Pier
Mad Cat
Old Dairy
Range Ales
Rockin' Robin

About The Festival

The festival has been organised by four 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

As well as Kent beers and cider there are also soft drinks including local apple juice. Various food stalls will be located in the Oast grounds to provide Kentish produce to help soak up the beer.


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
- Beer and cider may only be dispensed in festival glasses
- Last admission time is 9.30pm

How does the festival work?

Entry on both days is £4 at the gate, it's over 18s only so you may need ID if you're lucky to look younger. This 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 tokens 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 card.

Food stalls will be located in the Oast courtyard and selling things like gourmet sausages, hot dogs and burgers with a burrito stall available on Saturday Bands will be playing from 7pm on Friday and from 5pm on Saturday in the Wakeley Hall, follow the signs or the sound to find them!

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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