Now in its fourth successful year Beer and Bluegrass is proud to bring you the very best in Bluegrass and Americana.

The Festival is set in the secluded grounds of Victoria School. The main stage is set within a natural amphitheatre with a woodland backdrop and the stunning ‘Claremont’ a Victorian former convent overlooking the Festival.

We are located on the South Coast of England between the towns of Poole and Bournemouth and only minutes away from the finest beaches in the UK and with easy transportation links.

Come and visit Beer and Bluegrass, one of the best small Festivals in the UK.

We have finalised our artistes for Beer and Bluegrass 2018 and we are very pleased to welcome Whisky Shivers from Austin Texas and the Hot Seats from Richmond Virginia who head up a packed line up who also include, all girl Bluegrass band Midnight Skyracer and the fabulous Naomi Bedford Band, the Hot Rock Pilgrims and on his first visit to the UK – Wesley Randolph Eader from Portland, Oregon.

Here below is the full listing, please click on the picture for a video link to the artiste.


STAGE TIMES (Subject to change)


Friday Evening

Saturday Afternoon

Saturday Evening







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During the run up to Bluegrass weekend we will be hosting 'Bluegrass Discovery' with free events scattered around Poole, Bournemouth and Wimborne featuring many of our artists playing over the weekend. Where you can sample the flavour of the Festival. Most of these events will be FREE.

Further details will be posted here and on social media, so stay tuned.

The Bluegrass Team




While we are proud of our reputation of bringing top quality artistes to Beer and Bluegrass each year, many of these are first time visitors to the UK. One of our favourite sections is our closing night ‘Jams’ where many of the acts join together on stage and join together ‘Bluegrass Style’ singing around a single microphone to close each evening. The results are breath-taking and totally unique, adding a very special atmosphere to the Festival. Our music ranges from traditional Bluegrass to Americana and beyond.


We always spend a good deal of time selecting the very best of Beers and Ciders from top craft brewers, locally and further afield. Never ones to rest on our laurels we are always researching and exploring so we can present a range of quality ales and ciders that will tempt and excite you.


Our Festival food is hugely popular. Friday nights kick off with top quality burgers and sausages from Keating’s the well-known local Wimborne butchers. Then on Saturdays with a double Hog Roast from Jackie and Anthony, our farmers from Somerset. If meat is not your thing then dip in to Trisha’s Veggie Chilli and Baked Potatoes or mix and match the choice is yours!

So forget the hamper it is all here, home cooked and fresh!

Please note this is a non smoking venue.




Ticket prices will remain the same great value as 2017!

Children - Children are FREE to enter if they are no higher than the tallest parent's shoulders, otherwise normal ticket price. Children under 18 are not admitted without a parent.

Dogs - Well behaved dogs are welcome but must always be a lead.

Strictly no admission without a Ticket or Proof of Purchase - No refunds on door.

Disabled Access – Although Victoria caters for disabled people there are some areas of the Festival site which are NOT wheel chair friendly, please contact us in advance if you or another visitor is disabled and are planning to visit us, so we can make prior arrangements for your Festival visit and we will do our best to make your visit a pleasure.

All tickets include a FREE Festival Glass and Programme!

Friday 27th July 6pm - 11.30pm £14.00

Saturday 28th July Noon - 11.30pm £18.00

Weekend Saver (fantastic Value) for both days £25.00




This looks like the busiest year yet so please note we cannot promise Tickets on the door. Due to the popularity of Beer and Bluegrass, it’s a first come, first served basis. Please book in advance at the Poole Tourism office just off Poole Quay (No Booking Fee) or our excellent online partners BH Live Ticket line or We Got Tickets.

Stewarding – If you have Volunteered of been a Steward at another Festival and would like to join our happy team please drop us a email with your details and experience we would love to hear from you.




Victoria School and Gardens


How to get to Beer and Bluegrass

Please note this is a non smoking venue.

We encourage the use of public transport and we are fortunate that Victoria School and Gardens Branksome Poole BH13 6AS is very accessible by railway and bus. Please download Map of venue here.

Just two minutes’ walk away, Branksome Station is on the London Waterloo to Weymouth mainline. Upon exiting the station car park, cross the road and walk past Lidl in St Aldhelms Road and Lindsay Road is ahead of you. Cross at the pedestrian crossing and the entrance of Victoria School and is on the opposite side of the road. Signs will guide you to the Festival.

Again a short walk away. The bus stop is Branksome (Tesco) and is outside St Aldhelms Hall BH12 1AD. More Bus (M1 & M2) and Yellow Buses (18/R1/R2) from/to Poole to Bournemouth town centre run every 2/5 mins from Bournemouth to Poole Bus Station.

Bournemouth and Southampton Airport are both served by low cost airlines. The advantage with Southampton is that the rail station is a short walk from the Terminal, and then by taking a Weymouth bound train Branksome station is less than an hour away. If you fly into Bournemouth take the B1 Yellow bus service to Bournemouth Rail Station then train to Branksome.

Our Taxi partner is United Taxis, one of the area’s biggest fleets with an excellent service and also have seven seater taxis for groups. When you leave there is a Freephone Taxi Call button at the Tokens desk, the Taxi will then collect you from the main Entrance.

We strongly ask you not to Drink and Drive, but for designated drivers Victoria School is on Lindsay Road BH13 6AS and has ample parking. There is a one way system in operation. Enter follow signs from the main entrance and further signs will direct you to the Festival Car Parking. Please do not park in Lidl or other private car parks!

There is NO camping at the Festival. We can offer space for small Camper vans in the wooded area near the exit gate (there are no facilities or hook-up). Please make a small donation for the use to Victoria School at the ticket booth upon entry.

If you want to camp there are several camp sites but none close by. As last year we have agreed with our friends St Leonards Farm Park, Ferndown BH22 0AQ they have a special rate for campers going to the Festival. This is an excellent park quote ‘Beer and Bluegrass’ and please book in advance!

There are dozens of Hotels close by but if you are after a reasonable stay we would suggest Premier Inn Westcliff Poole Rd, BH2 5QU (approx 15min walk) or the newly built Travelodge Poole Hotel Holes Bay Road, Poole BH15 1LS. This is right opposite Poole Rail Station and two stops away from Branksome Station. If you are travelling from outside the area please contact us and we will do our best to give you guidance.

This is right opposite Poole Rail Station and two stops away from Branksome Station. If you are travelling from outside the area please contact us and we will do our best to give you guidance.

If you have any special requests or need more information please contact