Frequently Asked Questions

What are the Gateshead Beer & Music festival opening times??

For the 9th Gateshead Beer Festival:

Fri 4th May 2018 – 12.00pm to 11.00pm
Sat 5th May 2018 – 12.00pm to 11.00pm
Sun 6th May 2018 – 12.00pm to 10.30pm

What does my entry ticket include?

Your entry ticket includes Souvenir Glass, Festival Programme, and entry to the Festival Music Marquee (It does not include any drinks tokens). All visitors will be issued with a coloured wristband on entry. You must be wearing a wristband to be served. Please note under 18s will not be issued with a wristband but can buy soft drinks from our food zone or the clubhouse bar.

Are entry tickets available on the day?

This is all very much dependent on stock levels and whether that specific day has sold out in advance. Once a day is sold out then unfortunately there won’t be any tickets available on the day.

What Time does the music finish?

The Music in the Marquee finishes at 10.30pm on Friday/Saturday and at 10pm on the Sunday.

How do I purchase a drink?

All Beers, Ciders, Craft Ales and Premium Lagers are purchased using tokens. These can be purchased at the token sales counter.

The Gin & Cocktail bar will be cash sales.

I'm not too keen on Ciders or Ales, are other beverages available?

In addition to our pop-up festival bars (Cider, Ales, Craft, Premium Lager, Fizz, Gin and Prosecco Cocktails), we have two permanent bars located in the bar/hall and Lounge areas which sell a fine array of draught drinks, spirits, wines, soft drinks and hot drinks.

Are children allowed at the festival?

Children are very welcome at the festival and there is no charge to bring your child along. We do insist that children must be supervised by a responsible adult.

Are dogs allowed at the festival?

Dogs on a lead are allowed onto the field and in the Music Marquee, however, they are not allowed in the clubhouse.

Is there food available at the festival?

There certainly is, this year we have introduced an indoor food court, in addition the guys in the kitchen are working hard to put on a great choice of food with plenty of vegetarian choices for you all to enjoy.

Can we bring our own food to the festival?

You are welcome to bring your own picnic to the festival, but no open fires are allowed.

Can we bring our own alcohol to the festival?

Due to the strict terms of our licence, you are not allowed to bring your own alcohol into the grounds or premises of the rugby club. Unfortunately, if you are found to have done this we will have to ask you to leave. The ongoing organisation of events such as the music and beer festival is dependent on us working closely with the licensing authorities and we cannot afford to put this at risk, therefore, this area of the event will be closely monitored – we hope you comply with our request and refrain from bringing along any alcohol.

Are there any ATM's at the festival?

No, there are no ATM’s at the festival although we do cashback at the clubhouse bars. There are also cash machines on Durham road (Low Fell High Street) and at the Nisa on Old Durham Road (Sheriff’s Highway).

What other events do you organise or host?

You may only know as as the the home of the Gateshead Beer & Music Festival, however we organise many events throughout the year.

On the Rugby side we run 3 senior sides and we have a huge Junior and Mini Rugby section which welcomes players of all levels.

Socially we run the Gateshead Gin Festival, Summer Rumshack, Gateshead Family Fun day, Gateshead Ladies Day, Gateshead Fireworks night and many more events.

We have recently become the home of the Gateshead Comedy Lounge run by independant company Cutting Hedge Comedy

As you may see our club house has also gone through a huge modernisation project and our rooms are available for hire for private functions….

Call 0191 420 0207 for hire information.

We’ve been asked lots of questions over the years and have collated the most important here. If you have any questions that haven’t been answered, please email us at

Polite notice
Please consider our neighbours and leave quietly at the end of your visit.