Helensburgh Beer & Gin Festival

17th and 18th May 2019

The Helensburgh Beer and Gin Festival is in its’ 13th year. Last year we had our biggest event yet, with 2,500 people over 2 days, some amazing weather and largest selection of beer, cider and gin we’d ever put together.
This year we have even more on offer. The festival will take place at a fantastic new venue, the beautiful new Helensburgh Civic Centre looking onto the river Clyde. As well as the historic restored indoor space that used to be the old Clyde Street School there is plenty of outdoor space and marquees for the bands and more bars. We have even more drink options on offer this year, with rum cocktails joining some craft gin creators and even more craft lagers this year. Of course, we will also have the usual incredible selection of real ales and ciders.
We have several craft gin producers running pop-up bars as well as the main bars.
Friday night session runs from 6pm till 11pm. We have live music and the best selection of drinks is always on the Friday!
Saturday session runs from 12 noon till 11pm at the latest. The festival closes when it all runs out, this is typically around 10-11pm. Our latest possible finish is 11pm. We will have live music, with low-key tunes in the afternoon and an amazing party vibe in the evening with Bruce Springsteen tribute act The Rising.
We will sell entry tickets for each session, and will have some advance deals available online only. Early bird ticket deals are available until the end of April, so don't delay!
Basic entry is £7 per session for early bird tickets. On the day entry will be more. Drinks are purchased via tokens inside the festival venue. a 1/2 pint of beer or cider will typically be 1 token. A gin cocktail or similar will be 3 tokens. Other drinks may be available. Tokens cost £1.60 each to purchase.

Remember - it's all for local good causes so come along enjoy yourself and feel good about supporting your community!

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The best wee fest in the West!

Beer & Cider

We will have our largest ever selection of beers and ciders

Gin & Rum

There will be amazing Gin and Rum cocktails this year


We’ll have live music on both nights to guarantee that great festival atmosphere.


All proceeds from the Ale Festival are distributed to local good causes.


  • 6pm Doors Open

    Doors open at 6pm. All bars open. Please be prepared to queue if arriving early, we'll get you in as soon as we can.

  • 8pm Sound Cradle

    Practically our house band by now, the amazing and always popular Sound Cradle will kick off the music with the Friday night slot. Check them out at www.soundcradle.co.uk

  • 11pm Close

    Friday night ends at 23:00


  • Noon Doors Open

    Doors open for the Saturday session at noon. All bars open. Please be prepared to queue if arriving early, we'll get you in as soon as we can.

  • 2pm Stairheid Rumpus

    A great vocal trio playing cover tunes from last 6 decades, the Saturday afternoon vibe will be courtesy of Stairheid Rumpus. Check them out at https://en-gb.facebook.com/STAIRHEIDRUMPUS/ ​

  • 8pm The Rising

    Our Saturday night headliners are a real treat. Premier Bruce Springsteen tribute act The Rising will be rocking the house. Check them out at http://www.the-rising-band.co.uk ​

  • 11pm Latest Close

    The festival ends when the booze runs out, or 11pm latest.

Pint Glass Sponsors





Gin Glass Sponsor


Beer Mat Sponsors


Barrel Sponsors






Festival Stage Sponsor


Rum Bar Sponsor


A variety of sponsorship deals are available – contact us for more details.



Gins & Rums


2019 venue The Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh


Friday 17th May - 1800 to 2300

Saturday 18th May - 1200 to 2300*

*Or when the beer and gin run out. But don't worry we've got loads!

Photos courtesy of Gavin Butler Photography