Festival guide

Below is a guide to beer festivals in or near Sheffield that we are aware of over the coming weeks. While we believe the information is correct, we advise checking with the venue/organisers before making any special journeys.

CAMRA festival listings can also be found on the national CAMRA events page and commercial festivals on aletalk.

Wetherspoon Real Ale Festival

Wed 27 Mar – Sun 7 Apr

30 special real ales, including five from overseas breweries, will feature at Wetherspoon pubs around the country.


Thu 28 – Sat 30 Mar

Over 180 beers and ciders feature at Burton & South Derbyshire CAMRA’s 40th annual festival at Burton-upon-Trent Town Hall. Food and refreshments available at all sessions and live music on Friday and Saturday. Free entry on Thursday, entry fees apply on Friday and Saturday but CAMRA members receive £3 in beer tokens on these days.

Gardeners Rest Seaside Festival

Fri 29 – Sun 31 Mar

The Gardeners Rest is holding one of its regular beer festivals and this year’s theme is the seaside, with 18 real ales from coastal breweries available alongside the pub’s usual offering. Hot food and live music will also feature throughout the weekend.


Fri 5 – Sat 6 Apr

60+ real ales, plus real cider and perry and international bottled beers. Held at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, West Street, Oldham (OL1 1QJ) and open from noon-10:30pm both days.

CAMRA Members’ Weekend & AGM

Fri 5 – Sun 7 Apr

This year’s annual CAMRA Members’ Weekend takes place at the Caird Hall in Dundee. As always it will feature a small festival bar along with numerous beer events taking place around the city. See agm.camra.org.uk for more information.

Piss Up in the Brewery

Sat 6 – Sun 7 Apr

Abbeydale Brewery are celebrating their recent expansion with a weekend of brewery tours, food trucks, live music and of course plenty of beer. Three sessions are running over two days: Saturday 11.30-4.30 and 5.30-10.30; Sunday 1-6. £8 advance price per session.


Thu 11 – Sat 13 Apr

The 41st annual beer and cider festival of the Hull & East Yorkshire Branch of CAMRA at Hull Minster, with around 135 real ales along with cider and perry. Hot and cold food stalls available plus live acoustic music. Open Thu-Fri noon-10:30pm, Sat noon-9pm; free admission at all times to card-carrying CAMRA members (£1 refundable glass charge).

The Nook, Holmfirth

Fri 12 – Sun 14 Apr

The Nook Brewhouse in Holmfirth hosts its Spring Beer Festival which promises a weekend of beer, live music and BBQ food.

Doncaster Brewery & Tap

Thu 18 – Mon 22 Apr

Doncaster Brewery’s taproom (7 Young Street, DN1 3EL) hosts its Easter Beer Festival, featuring 18 hand-pulled real ales, 10 craft keg beers and a selection of real cider and perry. Food will also be available. Open Thu 5-11, Fri & Sat 12-11, Sun & Mon 12-8.

Chesterfield Arms

Thu 18 – Mon 22 Apr

North versus South real ale festival at the Chesterfield Arms on Newbould Road, Chesterfield, S41 7PH.


Thu 25 – Sat 27 Apr

Keighley and Craven CAMRA return to Ermysted’s Grammar School in Skipton for the 13th year. 60+ real ales, and a good selection of real ciders and perries plus international bottled beers and hot food at all sessions. CAMRA members get free entry to all sessions.

9 Pin

Sat 27 Apr

On the Edge Brewery present their semi-regular 9 Pin event, featuring nine unique real ales. Held at Regather on Club Garden Road (S11 8BU) and open from 6pm until the beer runs out.


Fri 3 – Sun 5 May

Barnsley CAMRA’s annual beer and cider festival returns to the Elsecar Heritage Railway over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

Sheffield Students’ Union

Fri 3 – Sun 5 May

The annual beer festival at Sheffield Students’ Union on Glossop Road returns over the May Bank Holiday weekend. Wide range of real ales plus craft beers and cider. Entry is free and the festival is open from 2pm-midnight every day.

Barrow Hill Rail Ale

Thu 16 – Sat 18 May

Beer and music festival held in the surroundings of the unique Barrow Hill Roundhouse. More than 300 real ales plus cider, gin, wines and hot food. The Rail Ale steam train will be running from 12-5 Friday and Saturday. A free bus service will operate between Chesterfield railway station and the Roundhouse on all three days of the festival.

Lees Hall Golf Club

Fri 24 – Sun 26 May

10 cask ales plus craft beer, cider and 12 gins. Live entertainment on Saturday night and Sunday afternoon. Free entry at all times.

Dronfield & District

Thu 30 May – Sat 1 Jun

Dronfield & District Campaign for Real Ale presents their first ever beer & cider festival in the town with a range of around 50 different real ales from the cask along with other craft beer in cans and bottles plus a bar serving traditional cider & perry. Venue is the Pioneer Club, Stonelow Road, S18 2FY.

One Valley

Sat 1 Jun

A number of pubs, bars and shops in Dronfield will be hosting their own events on Saturday 1 June alongside the new CAMRA beer festival at the Pioneer Club. More details TBC.


Thu 6 – Sat 8 Jun

Doncaster CAMRA host their annual festival at the Dome (DN4 7ND). Open 5-11 Thursday, 11-11 Friday and Saturday.


Thu 6 – Sat 8 Jun

Leeds CAMRA festival held at Leeds Beckett University Students’ Union (LS1 3HE), 15 minutes’ walk from Leeds railway station. Over 100 real ales, plus cider and perry, hot and cold food and live music. Open 11-11 every day; free entry for CAMRA members all day on Thursday, £2 on Friday and Saturday.

Wortley Men’s Club

Fri 28 – Sun 30 Jun

Held in association with Barnsley Hospice, the annual beer festival at Wortley Men’s Club returns for 2019.

Blues & Ale Stage

Fri 19 – Sat 20 Jul

Saxbob’s annual blues and beer celebration returns to the courtyard at 7 Smithfield, S3 7AR. Free entry both days, live music from 7pm ’til late on Friday and 2pm ’til late on Saturday.

Great British Beer Festival

Tue 6 – Sat 10 Aug

CAMRA’s flagship national beer festival returns to the Olympia in London and this year promises more ales than ever before. Ticket and volunteering information should be released in the coming weeks.


Sat 14 Sep

Grenoside Beer Festival is back at the Grenoside Community Centre for 2019. A day of cask and keg beer, plus gins, wines and spirits and a selection of food from local vendors. Tickets available from Eventbrite.


Wed 18 – Sat 21 Sep

The annual beer and cider festival from York CAMRA, held as always at the Knavesmire racecourse. More details to be announced.

45th Steel City Beer & Cider Festival

Wed 16 – Sat 19 Oct

Sheffield & District CAMRA’s annual beer and cider festival returns to the iconic Kelham Island Industrial Museum for another year. More details to be released nearer the time.