Whitby Beer Festival 2024

Whitby Beer Festival 2024 – Dates Announced!

Whitby District Lion’s Club is very excited to announce that The Whitby Beer Festival is a back for 2024! The charity beer festival is held in aid of Whitby & District Lion’s Club. This year the festival is celebrating its 13th year and the club intends to celebrate the growing reputation of the festival of serving over 30 of the very best artisan ales, boutique beers and scrumptious ciders from award-winning local and regional independent brewers and micro-breweries. Please see the list of beers and ciders we served at our 2023 festival, at the bottom of this page.

The festival as always is being held at the Whitby Mission & Seafarers Centre, Haggersgate in Whitby which is ideally located in the centre of the town. The festival opens its doors from Thursday 25th July until Sunday 28th July. The opening times are from 12 Noon until 10 PM Thursday to Saturday and 12 Noon until 4 PM on Sunday. Entrance tickets cost just £5 which includes a commemorative festival tankard, which is yours to keep as a souvenir and one beer token (for one ½ pint measures). Beer tickets can then be purchased throughout the festival.

Last year the festival raised an amazing £5,000.00 for Whitby Lion’s with 100% of this been donated to many local Whitby charities that the club supports throughout the year. Whitby Lion’s is part of Lions International which is the biggest voluntary charity network in the world with over 1.7 million members. All the money we raise from the festival and throughout the year from our other events is kept and spent locally. The club provides vital funding which can be difficult to access for small independent charities that we support. We also support many personal good causes, helping people with disability, learning or health needs.  As a club, we also run our Disability Scooter Scheme which hires out mobility scooters (free of charge) to anyone who has difficulty getting out and about. The total raised last year included the one-off purchase of some beer barrel cooling jackets, these ensure our beers are cool enough to serve throughout the festival. Therefore, the actual amount raised would have been higher. This purchase secures the long term future of the festival to be self sufficient and deliver a better customer experience.                 

The festival boasts an excellent range of delicious traditional hand-crafted real ales ranging from pale ales, IPA’s, bitters, blonds, golden, dark milds to porters which have all been brewed in small batches using locally sourced ingredients. All our real ales are served from traditional draught casks, this gives our real ales a fresher authentic taste.  You will not find any mass-produced carbonated beer here. We also have an exceptional range of real ciders to enjoy from traditional scrumpy, dry, sweet or to the ever popular fruity ciders such as mango and strawberry. All our ciders have been made from real apples and fruit by dedicated small producers, that use a natural production method of making deliciously mellow, aromatic or sweet great tasting ciders.

Our festival warmly welcomes anyone who wants to sample our great produce from tourists, day-trippers, evening goers and real ale enthusiasts. Families are very welcome as soft drinks are available for children and all we ask is for children to be supervised by an adult. Every year the festival is friendly and has a relaxed atmosphere, especially when the sun is out, as we have outside seating, which is a great way to bring along some friends, family or just by yourself and enjoy our real ale and ciders.

The Whitby Mission Café which is located just next to the hall where the festival is been held, the café serves homemade food all day which will brilliantly complement your real ale or cider. Bar snacks are also available throughout the festival at the bar.      

On behalf of Whitby & District Lions, we thank you for your past and continued support and we look forward to seeing you there, Cheers!  


Event Information

Entry Fee – £5.00 (Includes 1 beer token and a commemorative glass tankard).

Beer sold in 1/2 pint measures only.

The actual breweries and cider makers taking part will be announced closer to the festival, please check out our social media accounts.

Challenge 21 policy in operation throughout the festival. If you look 21 or under we will ask you to show your ID, to prove that you are over the age of 18 years old. 

Families including under 18’s are welcome as soft drinks will be available to purchase.    


Tickets can be purchased on the door by either cash or by credit/debit card.

Beer Tokens cost £2 each or:

5 Tokens for £10

11 Tokens for £20

Event Timings

Thursday 25th July – 12 Noon until 22:00
Friday 26th July – 12 Noon until 22:00
Saturday 27th July – 12 Noon until 22:00
Sunday 28th July – 12 Noon until 16:00 


If you are planning on attending the festival and have subsequently tested positive for Covid-19, if you have any symptoms or you have been told to isolate or you are currently isolating, unfortunately, you will be unable able to attend this years festival for the safety of others. Further information of Covid-19 symptoms can be found at: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/symptoms/.

Behaviour Policy

We ask everyone who is attending the festival to enjoy themselves but please have some respect for our neighbours who living quite close to the festival venue, as it is a residential area of the town.

We encourage our guests to have a good time while being responsible during the festival, but of course if you cause or participate in any unruly behaviour you will be asked to leave the festival.   


You can purchase crisps and other bar style snacks throughout the festival from the bar.

You can also purchase pies, sausage rolls, sandwiches, other savoury items or a sweet treat such as a slice of cake or a scone from the Whitby Mission & Seafarers Centre Cafe which is located in the same building. 

Further Information

If you require any further information please contact us via:

Email: whitby.lions.club@gmail.com

Tel: Please ask for Lion Brian Harrison – 01947 897249.

For further and up to date information especially on the day itself please check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram account.

Facebook – Whitby Beer Festival: https://www.facebook.com/Whitbybeerfestival/

Facebook – Whitby District Lions Club: https://www.facebook.com/WhitbyandDistrictLionsClub

Instagram – Whitby District Lions Club: https://www.instagram.com/whitbydistrictlionsclub/


Here is our list of Beers & Ciders we served at our 12th Whitby Beer Festival held in 2023. Beer list for our Whitby Beer Festival.Cider list for our Whitby Beer Festival.

Event Location – Whitby Mission & Seafarers Centre, Haggersgate House, Haggersgate, Whitby, YO21 3PP.

Whitby Beer Festival