Beer Festivals


Friday evening - The Seals 
Saturday afternoon 2:00pm - Room Full of Mirrors
Saturday evening - a St Patricks day special with The Curragh Sons
Sunday afternoon - Sunday Session with Fiona & friends


New to our festivals will be a beer brewed specially for the event in collaboration with another British brewer. An exclusive beer, the style of which will stay under wraps until the day of the festival.

This Spring we’re kicking off the new project in style with a collaborative brew with Yorkshire brewers Magic Rock. As you may expect of the brewers involved the recipe is likely to involve lots of hops!

Head Brewer at Hawkshead, Matt Clarke said "Collaborating with another brewery is a great way of sharing ideas and new techniques. There’s a lot of mutual respect between Magic Rock and ourselves. It’s great to be able to brew good beer with good friends” 

The beer, which was brewed on 25th February, will be unveiled on the first day of the festival, Friday 14th March.

Are you ready for The Illusionist?!


*Information correct at time of printing* 

Spring Beer Festival

14-16 March 2014

Summer Beer Festival

17-20 July 2014

We have two beer festivals a year - one in the Spring and one in the Summer, each with over 60 beers, all served on hand pulls from our cellars. The large range of beer means there’s something for everyone and there is often a theme e.g. beers from Scottish & Northern breweries, SIBA Champions (winners of the annual Society of Independent Brewers' competition).

In addition to our 2 indoor bars (the Main Bar and the River Bar) at the Summer festival we run a third bar in a large marquee outside. Entertainment in the form of live music is provided at both festivals, usually on the Friday & Saturday evenings. Food is available, served from our kitchen or if the weather is fine in the Summer, from a BBQ outside.

There is no entry fee to our festivals so you can come and go as you please (and also leaves you more beer money).

We’re dog and family friendly – although children aren’t permitted to remain after 8pm.

You can pick up a festival programme with tasting notes & other useful information from any of the bars during the course of the festival.

For the non-beery folk amongst you we serve a wide range of soft drinks, wines, spirits and ciders.

Getting Here

By Train: Staveley is served by regular trains on the Windermere – Oxenholme line.

By Bus: Staveley is on the regular 555/554 bus route which extends as far as Lancaster or Keswick. Some services of the 800 Bike Bus also call at Staveley. For more information visit

By Car: Junction 36 of the M6. Follow the A590 then A591 signposted Windermere. Staveley is signed from the A591, there are also brown tourist signs for ‘Hawkshead Brewery’.  


B&B’s, hotels, pubs and self catering accommodation can be found in Staveley, nearby Ings and the towns of Kendal and Windermere.

Contact Cumbria Tourism 01539 822222

Alternatively try accommodation and tourist guide website

Camping and caravanning sites - there are many nearby but none in the village of Staveley. One of the nearest is Pound Farm, Crook, just over 2 miles away from the brewery.


Spring Beer Festival

14-16 March 2014

Summer Beer Festival

17-20 July 2014