Festival guide

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.


Gardeners Rest Beer Festival

Fri 23 – Sun 25 Mar

The Gardeners Rest are holding a beer festival to celebrate one year since becoming a community-owned pub. The festival will feature 25 additional beers, all from Welsh breweries. Entry is free and there will also be live music throughout the weekend.

Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival

Fri 30 Mar – Sun 1 Apr

Sheffield Folk Sessions Festival will take place in its usual spot over the Easter weekend. Real ale pubs involved include Shakespeares, Bar Stewards, Kelham Island Tavern, Wellington, Ship, Hillsborough Hotel, Dog and Partridge and Fagans. Music will be on offer at these venues throughout the weekend. Blue Bee Brewery will also bring back the annual festival special “Oh Good Pale”.

Old Hall Hotel Easter Beer Festival

Fri 30 Mar – Mon 2 Apr

The first of the Old Hall Hotel in Hope’s three beer festivals in 2018. Held over the Easter weekend, the festival will feature around 50 real ales and ciders from around the Peak District.

Dukeries Brewery Tap

Thu 5 – Sat 7 Apr

Taking place at the Dukeries Brewery Tap in Worksop, this festival will feature more than 20 real ales and ciders, plus entertainment on Friday and Saturday evening. The tap is located at 18 Newcastle Avenue, S80 1ET, roughly a 15-minute walk from Worksop train station.

Meltham Beer Festival

Sat 7 – Sun 8 Apr

Held in the local primary school hall, this festival in Meltham (near Huddersfield) features beers from more than 30 breweries, many of them local. There will also be street food, live music, a prosecco bar and a gin lounge. Take the Huddersfield train to Honley and catch the 911 bus to Meltham (last bus back to Honley on Saturday at 5pm).


Thu 12 – Sat 14 Apr

The 40th edition of the Hull CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival at Hull Minster, where there will be over 135 real ales and more than 30 ciders and perries. CAMRA members can get in free at any time with a valid membership card (non-members £5 on Thursday and Friday, including festival guide and refundable glass cost).

Skipton CAMRA

Thu 12 – Sat 14 Apr

This year’s festival is being held two weeks after Easter rather than the usual one, but will still have the usual range of more than 70 real ales, plus bottled beers, ciders and perries. Card-carrying CAMRA members enjoy free admission to all sessions (otherwise £2.50 Thursday and Friday, £3.50 Saturday). Held at Ermysted’s Grammar School, about 12 minutes’ walk from Skipton railway station.

Shakespeares Spring Beer Festival

Thu 26 – Sun 29 Apr

The latest festival at Shakespeares on Gibraltar Street will feature a mixture of 30 rare and favourite cask beers, including some one off specials from across the UK from our favourite breweries of the year. There will be an extra cask bar upstairs in the games room and full bar downstairs.

Sheffield University Beer Festival

Fri 4 – Sun 6 May

The University of Sheffield’s Real Ale Society are holding their annual May Bank Holiday festival at the Students’ Union. As in previous years, there will be more than 100 ales and ciders, street food stalls, meet the brewer events, live music and free entry all day. Non-students welcome.

Elsecar Heritage Railway (Barnsley CAMRA)

Fri 4 – Mon 7 May

The annual beer festival at the Elsecar Heritage Railway, organised in conjunction with Barnsley CAMRA and held at the Elsecar Heritage Centre on Wath Road (S74 8HJ). Steam trains will be running on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Heeley City Farm

Fri 11 – Sat 12 May

The inaugural beer festival at the Heeley City Farm on Richards Road (S2 3DT), set to feature a selection of local real ales. Opening times are 5:30pm-9pm Friday and 2pm-9pm (or until beer runs out) on Saturday.

Barrow Hill Rail Ale Festival

Thu 17 – Sat 19 May

Held at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse in Chesterfield (S43 2PR), this festival features more than 350 real ales, plus ciders, craft & international beers and a prosecco bar. The popular Rail Ale train will be running on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Advance tickets cost £5 (Thursday) or £7 (Friday and Saturday). A free shuttle bus will run from Chesterfield railway station to the festival.

Lincoln CAMRA

Thu 24 – Sat 26 May

Takes place at the Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln LN2 1EY (5 minutes’ walk from bus and rail stations). 100+ real ales plus cider, perry and international bottled beers. Food available at all times and live music every evening and Saturday lunchtime. Open Thursday 12-3 and 6-11; Fri 12-11; Sat 12-11 with free admission for card-carrying CAMRA members.

Old Hall Hotel Spring Bank Festival

Fri 25 – Mon 28 May

New for 2018, the Old Hall Hotel in Hope are holding an additional beer festival over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. As usual, there will be a range of real ales and ciders from around the Peak District, plus food and live entertainment.

Lees Hall Golf Club Brews & Blues

Sat 26 – Mon 28 May

Ten cask ales, plus craft beers and gin, and live blues are the main features at this beer and music festival taking place at the Lees Hall Golf Club on Hemsworth Road, S8 8LL. Buses 18 and 20 both stop nearby.

3 Valleys

Sat 2 Jun

Back for another year, a day full of great food, entertainment and – of course – an extensive range of drinks across the three valleys of Dronfield. A free regular bus service will serve all participating venues throughout the day.

Doncaster CAMRA

Thu 7 – Sat 9 Jun

The 27th edition of the Doncaster & District CAMRA festival will take place at the Doncaster Dome on Bawtry Road and is set to feature more than 100 real ales and ciders. Opening times are Thursday 5pm-11pm, Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm. CAMRA members enjoy free entry to all sessions.


Thu 7 – Sat 9 Jun

Returning to Leeds city centre after many years away, the festival has found a new home at Leeds Beckett Students’ Union Bar (City Bar), Portland Way, Leeds, LS1 3HE (a 15-minute walk from Leeds train station). Expect to see well over 100 real ales, including old favourites and brand new beers, tons of LocAles plus keykeg beers and ciders and perries from around the UK.

Wortley Mens Club

Fri 6 – Sun 8 Jul

The annual beer festival at Wortley Mens Club is set to return for another year. The club is located on Halifax Road, Wortley, S35 7DB.

Old Hall Hotel August Beer Festival

Fri 24 – Mon 27 Aug

The annual August Bank Holiday beer festival at the Old Hall Hotel in Hope. Featuring beers from around the Peak District, plus food and live entertainment.

Steel City Beer and Cider Festival 44

Wed 10 – Sat 13 Oct

Sheffield & District CAMRA’s Steel City festival returns for its 44th year and will again be held at the Kelham Island Museum. More details to follow nearer the time.