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 at time of going to press, we advise checking direct with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys.Latest listings of CAMRA organised beer festivals can be found at www.camra.org.uk and a guide to commercial festivals and pub events can be found online at www.aletalk.co.uk.

 

Lees Hall Golf Club

Fri 26 – Sun 28 May

Their annual beer festival. 12 cask ales, plus craft beer, cider and gin. Live music and food throughout the weekend.

Hope Valley (Old Hall Hotel)

Fri 26 – Mon 29 May

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 272/273/274 from Sheffield passes right outside the hotel (bus stop around the corner) or Hope railway station is about 10-15 minutes walk away.

www.hopevalleybeerfestival.com for more information.

Sheffield Food & Drink Festival

Sat 27 – Mon 29 May

Pop up kitchens, street food traders, food market and a beer tent in Sheffield City Centre plus events in venues around the City.

Spring Loaded

Sun 28 May

Head to the Brothers Arms for a day of beer, music and food. Live music from a variety of local bands and artists from 12 noon onwards.

The Brothers Arms can be found at 106 Well Road, Sheffield, S8 9TZ.

Stockport CAMRA

Thu 1 – Sat 3 Jun

150+ real ales plus cider, world beers, food, entertainment and more at Edgeley Park football ground. See www.stockportfestival.org.uk for more details.

Castle Rock Yard Party

Wed 31 May – Sat 3 Jun

Castle Rock Brewery in Nottingham celebrate their 40th birthday this year and are putting on a beer festival and yard party showcasing their own and guest beers including some new beers brewed for the occasion along with food and music. The event also incorporates their annual beer of the year awards which are voted for by the customers in the pubs owned by Castle Rock. Tickets and information from www.castlerockbrewery.co.uk. The brewery is a short walk from Nottingham rail station, regular direct trains from Sheffield operated by Northern and East Midlands Trains.

Belper Goes Green

Fri 2 – Sun 4 Jun

Amber Valley CAMRA provide a real ale and cider festival at the Rugby Club as part of a wider green festival featuring food, entertainment, stalls and activities. See www.transitionbelper.org for details.

Three Valleys

Sat 3 Jun

This popular annual event spread across a dozen pubs and clubs in the Dronfield area with a free bus service from Dronfield station is back again. All venues offer free entry and are a mixture of pubs and clubs in town, suburban and rural locations. Hop on and off the buses at the different venues to try the different beers, ciders, food, music and atmospheres on offer. Some of the venues will have outside bars, food stalls and more in addition to their normal bar. The buses run from midday to 9pm.

Venues this year are Barrack, Apperknowle; Blue Stoops, Dronfield High Street; Coach & Horses, Dronfield; Dronfield Arms, Dronfield; Green Dragon, Dronfield; Hill Top Sports & Social Club, Hill Top; Hyde Park Inn, Hill Top; Manor House Hotel, Dronfield High Street; Miners Arms, Dronfield Woodhouse; Miners Arms, Hundall; Jolly Farmer, Dronfield Woodhouse; Pioneer Club, Dronfield and Three Tuns, Dronfield Hallowes

Extra trains will be calling at Dronfield station for the festival this year.

See www.threevalleysfestival.org.uk

Worrall Festival

Fri 30 Jun – Sat 1 Jul

The annual Worrall Festival returns for another year. Past years have seen a plethora of real ales from local Breweries such as Blue Bee, Bradfield, Kelham Island, Little Critters, Fuggle Bunny and more. There will also be plenty of live music to enjoy.

Worrall Festival is held in the grounds of Worrall Memorial Hall, Towngate Road, Worrall, S35 0AR. The number 57 bus from the city centre runs through Worrall; alight at the Blue Ball pub and head left up Towngate Road. Friday admission is by ticket only from 7pm, while Saturday is open to all from 4pm onwards.

Wortley Mens Club

Fri 30 Jun – Sun 2 Jul

Despite the name all are welcome! The beer festival is their 5th annual event and runs from 5pm Friday and from midday Saturday and Sunday with a range of 60 cask ales, 30 ciders, craft keg beers, food stalls, live music and kids zone. Bus 29 (Chapeltown-Holmfirth) goes to Wortley.

Sunfest

5-9 July 2017 (tbc)

This annual beer festival at the Rising Sun pub at Nether Green in Sheffield sees the car park closed to make way for a tent filled with around 100 guest beers on cask plus a selection of craft beers on keg along with cider and food. There is also music and stalls. Meanwhile inside the pub all the handpumps on the bar are given over to Abbeydale Brewery, who own the pub, showcasing their range including a charity beer brewed for the festival. Buses 86a and 120 stop right outside the pub. More information www.risingsunsheffield.co.uk.

1st National Woodfest

Thu 6 – Sat 8 Jul

This is being held at the Junction pub in Castleford (between Wakefield and Leeds if you catch the Sheffield to Leeds via Barnsley stopping train) and organised by members of the Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood showcasing a selection of beers served from wooden casks. Capacity is limited so it is advisable to book tickets in advance online at www.woodfest2017.com.

Bassetlaw Beer Festival @ The Grafton Hotel, Worksop

Fri 7 – Sun 9 Jul

The 3rd annual summer beer festival at the Grafton Hotel, 5 minutes walk from Worksop station, featuring 24 real ales, 10 ciders and live music. Free entry.

Gillyfest

Sat 15 Jul

Gillyfest at the Sportsman Inn, Redmires Road, Lodge Moor, returns for its fifth year. Festivities start at 1:30 pm and visitors can look forward to live music, animal attractions and local food. Admission is by donation.

Tramlines Festival

Fri 21 – Sun 23 Jul

This music festival sees a massive party take over central Sheffield. The main official stages that a paid for wristband get you into are Ponderosa Park, Devonshire Green and Endcliffe Park; however the beer lover will be more interested in the fringe going on in pubs, bars and other venues with many real ale serving pubs putting on live music and DJs.

As usual of special note is the Blues stage organised by Saxbob, this will be the final year of Tramlines Blues being held at the CADS venue near Shalesmoor before it closes. This free admission event will see a programme of bands on Friday night and Saturday afternoon/evening, a real ale bar in the courtyard, a BBQ and veggie food stall.

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.

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.

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 272/273/274 from Sheffield passes right outside the hotel (bus stop around the corner) or Hope railway station is about 10-15 minutes walk away.

www.hopevalleybeerfestival.com for more information.

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).

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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