Festivals

Below is a guide to beer events in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the next month or two. Whilst we believe the information is correct, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys. Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found on the  national CAMRA website and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online on aletalk.

 

Dore Beer and Burger Festival

Sat 29 Jul

The Dore Moor Inn, Hathersage Road, S17 3AB, is hosting a beer and burger festival, featuring local and national beers, burgers, a barbecue and live music. Buses 65, 271 and 272 from the city centre all stop opposite the pub.

NorFolk Festival

Sat 29 – Sun 30 Jul

The Norfolk Arms at Grenoside is hosting its first ever beer and music festival, featuring more than 30 beers and live music, plus food from Nether Edge Pizza Company, Mussel Pot and Caribbean Fusion. There is also a special discount available for CAMRA members with a valid membership card. Buses 85 and 86 both stop nearby.

CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival

Tue 8 – Sat 12 Aug

CAMRA’s annual major beer festival held at Olympia Exhibition Halls in London (next to Kensington Olympia rail station, served by London Overground and Southern) and staffed by volunteers from across the UK, Europe and America, this year celebrating it’s 40th anniversary. Features several hundred real ales including a number imported from the USA along with European beers both on draft and in bottles. There are also dedicated cider & perry bars offering a huge choice. Food and product stalls, games and a programme of entertainment also features. More information at www.gbbf.org.uk, advance tickets are available that offer cheaper and quicker entry. Regular trains and coaches run between Sheffield and London operated by East Midlands Trains, National Express and Megabus.com.

JockFest

Fri 11 – Sun 13 Aug

JockFest at the Horse and Jockey in Wadsley returns after a hiatus of several years. The festival will feature a comprehensive selection of guest beers, live music and street food. For more information, visit the pub’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/horsejockeyS6.

Peakender

Fri 18 – Sun 20 Aug

Arranged by Thornbridge Brewery at Bakewell Showground, this festival features a range of beers from Thornbridge plus guests including Hawkshead, Magic Rock, Tiny Rebel, Wild Beer Co and others along with live music. Entry to the beer festival is free. A campsite is available (must be booked in advance). TM Travel Bus 218 runs regularly from Sheffield to Bakewell – every half hour in the daytime, less frequent in the evening.

Blackhill Festival

Wed 23 – Mon 28 Aug

The 3rd annual Blackhill Festival takes place at the Miners Arms in Hundall, near Dronfield, over the August bank holiday weekend. There will be around 30 real ales on offer, with a further 20 real ciders available. Featuring live music in the evenings and a charity cricket match on Bank Holiday Monday.

Hope Valley (Old Hall Hotel)

Fri 25 – Mon 28 Aug

The Old Hall Hotel in Hope holds one of their regular bank holiday weekend beer & cider festivals featuring a marquee with a range of up to 50 real ales and ciders plus live music, souvenir glasses and food in addition to the normal pub offering.

Buses 272, 273 and 274 from Sheffield pass right outside the hotel (bus stop around the corner), or Hope railway station is about 10-15 minutes walk away. Visit www.hopevalleybeerfestival.com for more information.

Elsecar by the Sea Festival

Sat 2 – Sun 3 Sep

This event brings all the fun of the seaside to the Elsecar Heritage Railway centre. A beer festival forms part of the festivities, alongside classic seaside entertainment, a craft fair, historical tours and steam trains. Open from 10:00 to 16:00.

Cleethorpes Rail Ale & Blues Festival

Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sep

Held at the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, this event features over 50 real ales, a programme of live blues music performances and narrow gauge steam train rides. Admission to the beer festival is free. More information www.cclr.co.uk. Regular direct trains run from Sheffield to Cleethorpes, operated by Transpennine Express (daily) and Northern (Saturdays).

Old Hall Inn Beer & Cider Festival

Fri 15 – Sun 17 Sep

The Old Hall Inn in Whitehough, near Chinley, present their annual beer and cider festival, featuring more than 200 beers, a barbecue, folk train and live music. The pub is a half-mile walk from Chinley train station; there is one direct train from Sheffield to Chinley per hour over each day of the festival.

Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival

Thu 28 Sep – Sun 1 Oct

The 8th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October 2017. The former Herbert Strutt Grammar School is situated on the A6 just outside the town centre and has its own car park, with the railway and bus stations only a short walk away and buses stopping right outside the venue.

There will be live music in the main hall on Friday and Saturday nights – for full details of all entertainment, opening times and prices, please visit www.ambervalleycamra.org.uk. Advance tickets are not required at any sessions but be sure to arrive early to ensure admission. Over 18’s only after 6pm. There is free wi-fi at the venue. Dogs are welcome but only allowed in certain areas.

Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival

Wed 11 – Sat 14 Oct

The annual Robin Hood festival takes place at Nottingham Castle for the final time before redevelopment works begin. With almost 1,300 ales and more than 300 ciders, the festival is one of the largest beer festivals in the world. This year also sees a new gin bar introduced. Ticket prices start from £10, rising to £20 for more popular sessions. Visit www.nottinghamcamra.org for further information.

Sheffield CAMRA’s Steel City Beer & Cider Festival

Wed 18 – Sat 21 Oct

Our 43rd annual festival, back again at Kelham Island Industrial Museum with over 200 real ales plus bottled beers from around the world and a range of traditional Cider & Perry. The festival also features a variety of street food vendors, products stalls and entertainment.

We’re currently looking for volunteer staff plus sponsors.

See www.steelcitybeerfestival.co.uk for more details as they become available.

Hull CAMRA

Thu 16 – Sat 18 Nov

Held at the Holy Trinity Church, later in the year than normal to allow for refurbishment of the church to become Hull Minster which as a result will enable this years festival to be bigger and better – as well as lots of beer and cider there will be an extended range of food and stalls plus the introduction of entertainment. More information www.hull.camra.org.uk. Direct trains run from Sheffield to Hull every hour, operated by Northern.

8 comments

  1. All the best for Sheffield Beer Festival.
    I hope the beers especially from the local breweries are not overpriced as they have been, especially last year!!

  2. Bassetlaw Beer Festival, Grafton Hotel, Worksop; 11/12 July
    Worley Men’s Club Beer Festival; 17/18 July

  3. Doncaster CAMRA Beer Festival is delayed this year but has now been announced as 22-24 September and re-titled ‘Doncaster Town Beer festival’, not the 26th annual – that will be next year in the more usual Easter slot.

    The 2016 event is based at the Diamond Live Lounge on Wood Street/Waterdale and this will be the CAMRA manned location with around 50 beers expected to be available. In addition, many town centre pubs are taking part and will have festival bars and extra available.

    There would normally be an annual #DN1 event at the end of October/start of November but this year the two events have been merged to try and give Doncaster a different type of festival weekend.

    More details to be finalised, keep an eye on http://www.doncastercamra.org.uk nearer the time 😉

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