Sheffield Steel City 43rd Beer & Cider Festival 2017

18-21 OCTOBER 2017



Planning of our 2017 festival is well underway, here is the information confirmed so far. img_2385

As previous years, it will feature over 200 real ales, craft beers, traditional ciders and perries plus street food traders, stalls and live music spread across different areas of the atmospheric Kelham Island Industrial Museum.

WEDNESDAY 18th OCTOBER: open 5pm-11pm, free admission.

THURSDAY 19th OCTOBER: open 12pm-11pm. Free admission before 5pm, £2 after. Free for CAMRA members.

FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER: open 12pm-11pm. Entry £3 before 5pm, £5 after (discounted to £1/£2 for CAMRA members).

SATURDAY 21st OCTOBER: open 12pm-10pm. Entry £3 (discounted to £1 for CAMRA members)


Programme curated by Saxbob.

Thursday 8pm: Do$ch

Friday: 4pm J&M Select / 6:30pm The Beat Merchants / 9pm Highway Child

Saturday: 2pm Loxley Silver Band / 4pm J&M Select / 6pm Vegas 6.


As with all of the Campaign for Real Ale’s festivals, Steel City is organised, managed and staffed entirely by unpaid volunteers who do it to share their passion for quality beer and cider, showcased at an enjoyable event.

Of course volunteer staff do get some perks – free drinks for example… If you fancy helping out watch this space for the staffing form, coming soon.

We’ll be looking for volunteers to help set the site up from Monday morning onwards, to staff the festival whilst it is open from Wednesday to Saturday and to take it all down and pack it away the following Sunday.

In advance of the festival we are also looking for people to help with the organising, selling sponsorship and getting publicity out. We have a monthly planning meeting at Shakespeare’s on Gibralter Street, 8pm on the third Tuesday of each month.


SCBF42 pre-openingThe financial success of the festival very much relies on the support of businesses that sponsor elements of the festival such as the glasses, staff t-shirts, entertainment, bars etc. Opportunities are available from as small as sponsoring an individual cask of beer right up to the complete festival. This is a great opportunity to get your company name across to the thousands of beer drinkers that turn out who by day work in all sorts of different trades and have all sorts of different personal interests. Sponsors also get a number of complimentary entry tickets which could be used to take clients out for a beer or for a staff party – or even for a giveaway to promote your social media presence!

For more information about sponsorship opportunities email


Our venue, Kelham Island Industrial Museum, is on the actual island created to help the River Don power industry over 900 years ago. Access is via the drive off Alma Street, by Kelham Island Brewery and the Fat Cat pub. There is no car parking on site but there are limited on street spaces nearby.

More information about the musuem can be found at

COMING BY TRAM: The nearest tram stop is Shalesmoor, a 5 minute walk away, the museum is signposted from here. The Blue and Yellow tram routes serve Shalesmoor, with the Blue route providing a direct link from Sheffield rail station and the Yellow route providing a direct link from Meadowhall Interchange. See for more information

COMING BY BUS: There nearest bus stops are either Nursery Street, by the Harlequin pub (routes 3, 7, 8) or Gibralter Street, by Shakespeares pub (routes 57, 61, 62, 81, 82, 85, 86). For more information visit

COMING BY TRAIN: Trams operate to Shalesmoor from both Sheffield and Meadowhall stations, see tram section above.

COMING BY SCHEDULED COACH (National Express or Megabus). From Meadowhall Interchange the Yellow route tram operates direct to Shalesmoor (see tram section above). From Sheffield Interchange bus 57 runs hourly, alternatively it is a 15 minute walk to the festival from here.