Twice a year, in May and October, CAMRA makes a special effort to promote real ciders and perries. Unlike real ale production, which can happen at any time of the year, real cider and perry can only be made when the fruit is ripe and is tied to a natural cycle of the apple and pear trees found in orchards around the country.
October is a very active time for cider makers, especially for those who make only a small amount. Harvest time for cider fruit is roughly from September to November, and by October production is in full flow.
According to WhatPub, there are 70 pubs in the Sheffield & District region serving real cider, so why not go out and try something different?